Solar Thermal systems gather energy radiated by the sun and convert it into useful heat in the form of hot water. Systems have been available in the UK since the 1970′s and the technology is now well developed with a large choice of equipment to suit many applications. Solar water heating systems work alongside your conventional water heater to provide hot water.
Solar water heating can be used for domestic water heating and also for larger scale applications including swimming pools. A solar water heating system for domestic hot water comprises of three main components: solar panels; hot water cylinder; and a plumbing system.
There is a range of different system types and configurations for solar hot water systems. There are two different types of solar collectors; flat plate and evacuated tubes. Flat plate systems have an efficiency of around 30 per cent. Evacuated tube systems occupy a smaller area and have an efficiency of approximately 40 per cent.
Flat panels, these tend to be slightly more robust than the evacuated tube type and as the name suggests has a solid flat front. Some perceive these to be more aesthetically pleasing than the alternative evacuated tube type.
Evacuated tubes, generally thought to be more efficient than the equivalent physical sized flat panel. As such, they weigh less and can be easily installed with some manufacturers units being able to be constructed in situ on the roof.
What Are The Benefits?
It can provide almost all of your hot water during the summer months and about 50 per cent year round.
It will reduce your impact on the environment â€“ the average domestic system can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 0.4 – 0.75 tonnes (or 400 – 750kg) per year depending on the fuel replaced.
Easy to install and maintain.
Solar Thermal Collectors can be docked with other heating systems to meet the additional hot water requirements throughout the winter months.
Lets Go Green Deal supply complete solar packages from leading manufacturers as well as the accessories to complete the system. Lets Go Green Deal also offer a large range of Twin Coil Hot Water Solar Cylinders to be used with the solar packages we offer.