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As one of the founding research programs at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), the solar thermal department has a long history of research that ranges from commercial system design to low cost solar ovens for third world countries. The projects listed below represent the ongoing work being done in this technology.

Picture of a solar hot water system at a Florida Department of Corrections facility.Dept. of Correction Solar Water Heating Program
A very large commercial solar water heating system installed at a prison facility was re-activated by FSEC staff and members of the Florida solar industry.
The Front Porch Program logo.Front Porch Solar
A community revitalization program bringing all segments of a particular neighborhood together to improve the quality of life. He determined that these communities would benefit by providing weatherization clients with solar water heaters, in addition to previously installed energy efficiency improvements.
Picture of a group being trained on roof installation of a solar thermal collector by FSEC staff.Pennsylvania Solar Program Development Assistance
FSEC personnel assisted the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and the Pennsylvania Weatherization Providers Task Force in developing guidelines for a solar installation program in Pennsylvania. In addition, FSEC provides on-site training to members of the Task Force.
Picture of John Harrison with a solar cooker.Solar Cooker Development
The Florida Solar Energy Center conducted a research project on low-cost panel type solar ovens for the Dorothy Ann Foundation on behalf of Solar Household Energy, Inc. to improve the performance, reliability and cost-effectiveness of low-cost solar cookers for use in developing nations.
Picture of a SWAP faimly.Solar Weatherization Assistance Program (SWAP)
The Solar Weatherization Assistance Program (SWAP) was a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC). The goal of the program was to provide solar water heating systems for low-income residents in Florida.
Picture of a SWAP faimly.Data Monitoring
Installing a solar hot water system on your home or business can save you energy and money. The question is how much money are you saving and are you getting the most out of your system. Explore this section to view the monitoring services for solar hot water offered by FSEC.