SOLAR THERMAL (Hot Water from the sun)
Solar water heating panels use well established technology and are constantly being improved and they represent one of the most
important sources of alternative energy for households and businesses.
Enough solar energy reaches the Earth's surface in a single day to provide
over 27 years worth of electricity and yet we utilise only 1%
of solar power at present.
A Solar Thermal System for generating sufficient hot water for 4
people will cost approximately £4200 (inclusive 5% VAT) – this price includes all installation costs
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are Solar Heating panels made from?
Solar water heating panels, also known as collectors, are made up
of either evacuated glass tubes or flat plate collectors encasing
metal tubing. These panels look very different to photovoltaic
panels and can provide your household with the majority of its
annual hot water requirements.
How do Hot Water solar panels work?
The Hot water solar panels work on temperature sensor readings,
solar panels, flexi pipework and a solar station incorporating
a solar pump, a pressure vessel and pressure gauge.
When the collector becomes 4°C hotter than the bottom of the water
cylinder, the solar pump will then start. This pumps the Glycol
through the flexi pipework into the water cylinder, heating it
up. When the system cools down the solar pump will go in standby
mode. The cycle is then repeated once the collector temperature
becomes 4ºc hotter than the water in the cylinder. This process
helps to preserve energy as the system is only active when the
collector temperature will increase the water temperature.