Improved differential control for solar heating systems

R. Kicsiny, I. Farkas

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One possibility to exploit solar energy better is the efficiency enhancement of the control of solar thermal heating systems. In this paper an improved differential control and the generally used ordinary differential control operating with fixed switch-on and switch-off temperature differences are compared in different efficiency viewpoints. The comparison is based on measured data of a particular system at the Szent István University, Gödöllo{doubleacute} and on a TRNSYS model developed for solar heating systems. According to the results the improved control provides a higher value of utilizability and brings forth fewer switch-ons and switch-offs for the pumps. These advantages nevertheless result in extended operation time and thus extended parasitic consumption of the pumps. This drawback can, however, be moderated or even extinguished by modern pumps with low energy consumption or if supplied by renewable energy source. Comparing the amount of utilized solar energy and consumed parasitic energy increments, the improved control can be generally recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3489-3498
Number of pages10
JournalSolar Energy
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2012


  • Energetically-based control
  • Measurements
  • On/off control
  • Simulation
  • Solar water heating system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)

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