Solar thermal systems for zero energy swimming halls
School of Science and Technology, MSc in Energy Building Design
This dissertation was written in the context of the MSc in Energy Building Design for
the International Hellenic University. The dominant aim of this this thesis was the examination of the ability of a solar thermal system to cover the demand for pool water,
DHW and space heating of an existing swimming hall, locate
d in Katerini, Greece.
A review of the existing literature on solar systems for swimming halls was presented
for the different projects that were conducted round the world, while an explicit calculations of the heating loads for the swimming hall and the
space was carried out, based on
European standards and the literature.
The potential of the proposed solar thermal system to cover the heating demand of the
swimming hall was examined through the use of RETScreen simulation software.
The study was performed for three different simulation scenarios, where the impact of
various technical and economical parameters were evaluated on the cost
and viability of the proposed system.
The outcome of the study corroborated the superiority a solar system against a convectional system, while it provided an economical overview of the various solutions that
the municipal authorities can proceed to, based on the technical, economical or environmental targets they aim to establish for the swimming hall.
would like to express my gratitude to
prof. Agis M. Papadopoulos, director of the Process Equipment Design Laboratory of Aristotle University
great support and constant guidance
from the beginning,
Also, special thanks
prof. M. Santamouris
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
for all the valuable information
he generously provided
me when needed.