MIT Solar House I, 1939.

  • MIT Solar House I, 1939.
    MIT Solar House I, 1939.
  • MIT Solar House I, 1939. Panel diagram.
    MIT Solar House I, 1939. Panel diagram.
  • MIT Solar House I, 1939. House diagram.
    MIT Solar House I, 1939. House diagram.

How could buildings capture and store solar radiation? In 1939, MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering constructed a small building to determine ideal solar angles and test different panel configurations. The ‘heat-extracting medium’ indicated in the panel diagram was water, then stored in an insulated tank under the buildings.

Citation: 
Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Solar Energy Fund at the Massachusetts Institute of the Technology, Building 34 (MIT Solar House I), 1939.
Library Item date: 
1939