Solar hot water? You’re welcome.

Does your house have a solar hot water system on its roof? If so, you’re using technology that had its foundations laid at CSIRO. Not only was Australia’s first reported domestic solar hot water heater designed and made by CSIR (which later became CSIRO) in 1941, but the subsequent Australian solar hot water industry was kick-started by research and development carried out by CSIRO engineers in the mid-1950s. There’s more information at the Solar hot water systems page at CSIROpedia.

Front page of U.S. Patent 4,021,895 for solar heating, awarded in 1977 to Roger Morse and Edward Davey of CSIRO.

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