Has anyone used mirrors to increase the heat production of solar water heating systems?

Has anyone used mirrors to increase the heat production of solar water heating systems?

Has anyone used mirrors to increase the heat production of solar water heating systems?

I would like to place mirrors around the panel to increase its production. I know the sun continually changes its location in the sky, but I should be able to place a few mirrors at a certain angle around the panel to increase its overall production throughout the day. I would your feed back.

It depends how your solar panels are constructed and how they are designed to work. If you put mirrors in the wrong place they will reflect heat away instead of collecting. Or they may concentrate so much they could damage the collectors. Another thing to be concerned about, are you using collectors that absorb heat or light? Usually the type of mirrors you are talking about are parabolic and track the sun as it moves. Too many variables and assumptions without know more about your system.
To give you an example, there once was a company that thought it would be better to insulate the boiler, in order to keep the heat loss down. What happened instead is that the boiler temperature rose past the failure point of the boiler – it literally melted itself.

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