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ISRN Renewable Energy
Volume 2013, Article ID 102947, 10 pages
Research Article

A New Low-Cost Plastic Solar Collector

Bariloche Atomic Center, Rio Negro, 8400 Bariloche, Argentina

Received 4 July 2013; Accepted 24 July 2013

Academic Editors: C. Koroneos and P. Poggi

Copyright © 2013 Luis E. Juanicó and Nicolás Di Lalla. 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.


An innovative solar collector based on a long plastic hose that is connected directly in series from the district water grid to consumption is presented. It takes advantage of plastic tubing to develop a simple self-construction collector that costs about 70 dollars for a one-family unit. In addition, due to its solar-pond configuration, it could achieve a good thermal performance, as it was demonstrated by modeling.