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International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 2015, Article ID 163808, 12 pages
Research Article

Solar Thermal System Evaluation in China

1National Center for Quality Supervision and Testing of Solar Heating Systems (Beijing), China Academy of Building Research, Beijing 100013, China
2School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 30072, China
3Beijing Key Laboratory of Green Building and Energy Efficient Technology, Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Beijing 10044, China

Received 30 July 2015; Accepted 7 September 2015

Academic Editor: Xudong Zhao

Copyright © 2015 Xinyu Zhang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


More than 581 solar thermal systems (STSs), 98 counties, and 47 renewable application demonstration cites in China need to be inspected by the end of 2015. In this study, the baseline for performance and economic evaluation of STSs are presented based on the site test data and related references. An index used to evaluate STSs was selected, and methods to acquire the parameters used to calculate the related index were set. The requirements for sensors for testing were specified. The evaluation method was applied to three systems and the result shows that the evaluation method is suitable for the evaluation of STSs in China.