The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), located in Newark, N.J., has completed a solar water heating system at its Oak Residence Hall through a $1.6 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The project was approved by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and the U.S. Department of Energy as one of seven projects in the $20.6 million State Energy Program funded by the ARRA.
Installed by Mechanical Degrees Inc., the system consists of 37 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP30 evacuated tube solar collectors and incorporates a StorMaxx-NP 2,084 gallon nonpressurized tank for storage. Inside the tank are a total of 11 stacked 90-foot heat-exchanger coils (two per stack) – four for the solar loop and seven for the heating of the domestic hot water.
Sixty-five percent of the energy needed to heat the building's hot water is handled by the SunMaxx solar hot water heating system, the company says.
SOURCE: SunMaxx Solar