Engineering Rome

Use of Solar Energy in Ancient Rome

Brief Outline: Use of Solar Energy [to Heat Baths] in Ancient Rome

  • Background on Roman baths (specifically the Baths of Caracalla)
    • When they were built
    • Function/ use
    • Layout

  • Use of solar energy to heat baths
    • Passive solar heating
    • Using large windows

  • Technical description/ analysis of passive solar heating
    • Pros and cons of solar heating
      • Environmental benefits
      • Efficiency

  • Comparison with passive solar heating used today
    • Popularity of this technique
    • Benefits
    • Improvements
    • Areas to use passive solar heating

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