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initial operation of a solar heating and cooling system in a full-scale solar building test facilityThe Solar Building Test Facility (SBTF) located at Hampton, Virginia became operational in early summer of 1976. This facility is a joint effort by NASA-Lewis and NASA-Langley to advance the technology for heating and cooling of office buildings with solar energy. Its purposes are to (1) test system components which include high-performing collectors, (2) test performance of complete solar heating and cooling system, (3) investigate component interactions and (4) investigate durability, maintenance and reliability of components. The SBTF consists of a 50,000 square foot office building modified to accept solar heated water for operation of an absorption air conditioner and for the baseboard heating system. A 12,666 square foot solar collector field with a 30,000 gallon storage tank provides the solar heated water. A description of the system and the collectors selected is given here, along with the objectives, test approach, expected system performance and some preliminary results.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Knoll, R. H.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Miao, D.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, Ohio, United States)
Hamlet, I. L.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Jensen, R. N.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, Va., United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 1976
Subject Category
Meeting Information
Joint Conference on Sharing the Sun: Solar Technology in the Seventies(Winnipeg)
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