Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Improvements to Solarwall Air Heater(ST4671-1)

Conserval Systems, Inc


Conserval Systems, Inc. has developed an innovative air-heating system that uses an unglazed perforated solar collector. The system has been used successfully at several industrial buildings and high-rise apartment complexes. In spite of these successes, Conserval's ability to commercialize the Solarwall has been limited due to the fact that products must be made under contract with machine shops on a system-by-system basis.

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Project Description

This work was designed to support the design and establishment of a New York State manufacturing facility dedicated to fabricating Solarwalls. Under the project, Conserval was to design manufacturing equipment to efficiently fabricate systems and evaluate the economic viability of constructing the designed equipment, and then establish a manufacturing facility in the Buffalo area based on the designed equipment, and recruit and train production, sales and marketing personnel. Further, the project called for Conserval's staff to market the Solarwall to building owners, facility managers, architects, engineers, and ventilation contractors, at appropriate trade shows and seminars.


The Solarwall will use a renewable energy source to reduce the energy needed to warm ventilation air. Using the Solarwall will improve indoor air quality. A new manufacturing business also will be created in New York State.

Project Results

Conserval succeeded in designing a unique combination of equipment that can produce its product in a single manufacturing operation. Further, Conserval’s analysis of this equipment and its new facility determined that the cost of its product can be significantly reduced. But Conserval has had mixed experiences in locating and retaining competent employees for its new facility due to the competitive job market.


Conserval Systems, Inc
4242 Ridge Lea Road Suite #28
Buffalo, NY 14226

Principle Investigator

John Hollick

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Product Development

Technologies Types:

Building Systems
Solar Thermal (heating & cooling)

NYSERDA Contact Information

Robert Carver


R&D - Buildings Research

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST4671-1

Last Updated: 8/27/2012