Lowku Leeuwner

Development of a prepaid solar water heater controller.

Masters in Engineering Student

The aim of this thesis is to promote and incentivize the use of more renewable energy sources specifically solar thermal water heaters.

A controller will be developed which would be able to accurately track the heating of water inside an existing solar water heater. Comparing the temperature to a mathematical model of how a conventional geyser would have heated the water. The amount of money saved can then be accurately tracked.

The mathematical model of a conventional water heater would also be validated.