Solar Water Heating
The SEI Solar Hot Water curriculum guides students through designing and building a solar hot water collector. Students gain an in-depth understanding of science of heat transfer, water heating efficiency, and design considerations. In addition to solar water heating science, this curriculum provides relevant background information on energy sources, the carbon cycle, the greenhouse gas effect, and climate science. These topics are used as a basis for discussing the benefits of transitioning to more efficient and sustainable water heating. Students experiment to determine materials with high insulation properties and high solar radiation absorption factors. Then, students design and construct a solar water heater collector.