n African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development - A review of solar technologies for buildings : special issue research paper

Volume 4, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 2042-1338
  • E-ISSN: 2042-1346
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Solar energy is receiving attention in applying technologies and energy systems in recent years. Solar technologies for buildings relying on both passive and active systems are developed. Passive solar refers to those that absorb, store and distribute the sun's energy without relying on mechanical devices, while active systems are those where heat is transferred mechanically by the use of a working fluid such as air or a fluid that is typically water, or water based. Some recent innovations in solar technologies for buildings are also presented. It is seen that, today solar architecture is undergoing a true revolution through the integration of renewable technologies into the fabric of buildings. Such systems are designed for heating, ventilation, thermal isolation, shading, electricity generation and lighting of buildings.

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