Solar Thermal

Integrating Solar and Hydronic Heating - Self Study

by Vaughan Woodruff • Last updated 02/2021

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624 students
1 module
1:03 hours
5 assignments

Course description

Optimizing energy storage is critical when using solar technologies to provide heat for residential and small commercial applications.

The type of energy storage you select will significantly affect performance, comfort, and system cost. This free course will provide an overview of four of the storage strategies that can be used when integrating solar with hydronic distribution systems.

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-Climate considerations
-Unpressurized water storage
-Thermal mass storage
-Pressurized water storage
-Net metering and heat pumps

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Full course outline

Module 1 - Four Storage Strategies for Integrating Solar and Hydronic Heating

Vaughan's lecture is available any time. You can watch and re-watch as much as you like.

  • Presentation Slides (.ppt)
  • WATCH RECORDING 4 Strategies for Integrating Solar and Hydronic Heating (01:03:22 hours)


Vaughan Woodruff

Owner, Insource Renewables

Vaughan Woodruff owns Insource Renewables, a solar consulting firm in Pittsfield, ME. He is a NABCEP Certified Solar Heating Installer and serves on committees for NABCEP, IAPMO and IREC. Woodruff is a co-author of the NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Resource Guide and the author of NYSERDA’s Field Inspection Guidelines for Solar Heating Systems. Learn more


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624 students have taken this course

by Sadik Shaikh, Solar.O&M technician, Kalpa power limited 02/15/2021


by Saravanan S 04/10/2020

The course is very much useful

by John Work, Designer, Santa Cruz Green Builders 10/30/2019

A great overview of practical solutions for solar thermal energy storage. Very objective and pragmatic approach to the topic.

by Joel Dass 10/23/2019

Good enjoyed



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