Solar Air Heating at the Linamar CAMTAC Facility in Guelph,Ontario

Brennan, Ryan
England, Nancy
Maki, Taylor
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A transpired air collector (TAC) installation is designed and analyzed for the purpose of reducing energy costs at Linamar's CAMTAC Manufacturing facility in Guelph, Ontario. Ventilation air preheating was targeted due to high annual costs. A variety of solar heating technologies were researched, and transpired air collectors were deemed the most applicable. A final detailed design was prepared and is presented herein. A number of design options were investigated. The most promising option offers annual renewable energy delivery of 240 MWh, and a 12 year payback period.

Created in fulfillment of the course requirements for ENGG*3100 Engineering and Design III. This course combines the knowledge gained in the advanced engineering and basic science courses with the design skills taught in ENGG*1100 and ENGG*2100 in solving open-ended problems. These problems are related to the student's major. Additional design tools are presented, including model simulation, sensitivity analysis, linear programming, knowledge-based systems and computer programming. Complementing these tools are discussions on writing and public speaking techniques, codes, safety issues, environmental assessment and professional management. These topics are taught with the consideration of available resources and cost.
reducing energy costs, transpired air collector, solar air heating