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I think a 3rd(middle) screen would work to a point, but how much sun will the back-most screen layer get? 20%? And if the primary heated screens are closer to the cool glazing in a shallow collector box, it might offset any gains. My screen gap testing did make me think about 3 layers when I found out how large a gap our ZP test seemed to prefer. Seatec built a 6 layer screen build that he called a ZP, but if I recall, the air had to pass through screen layers to exit the collector. Not much light was going to bounce off the back of his collector and make it out again...

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It was just a thought. The longer and narrower the passages are, the more power it will take to push the air through them. A wider gap with an extra screen or two should make for easier "breathing". Sure the back screen will get a bit less sun, but I think that should be more than compensated for by the middle screen. Yes it would require a thicker collector to accommodate the wider gap.
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Thanks for the clarification, Greg.  I think I got the time sequence mixed up - thought Krautman made the comment after the gap tests instead of before.
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