Solar Thermal

Quite simply, Solar Thermal systems use energy from the sun and convert it into heat energy, which can be used to heat your hot water.

Solar Thermal systems are made up of a collector, (usually flat-panel, or evacuated tube), a pump station, a controller, and a storage cylinder. When the collector heats up from the sun, the controller senses this and starts a pump, which circulates a heat transfer liquid around the system to the hot water cylinder where it heats up a body of water. The hot water in the cylinder is fed to your taps and showers, providing hot water for your home. Systems can be integrated into existing cylinders or new twin coil cylinders can be fitted.

Solar Thermal systems provide on average half of your hot water requirements, and from March/April to September/October the can contribute to nearly all of your hot water needs, so they are designed to work alongside existing heating systems for the winter months.

Solar Thermal systems are one of the cheapest and most established renewable technologies.

Swimming Pools

Using sunlight to heat swimming pools can often give the fastest payback of any renewable energy installation. The solar system will maintain the pools temperature throughout the summer months but some auxiliary heating will be required to get the swimming pool up to temperature to begin with.

Heating a pool conventionally is becoming prohibitively costly:

  • Pools can have over 200 times the water volume of domestic hot water systems
  • Swimming Pool boilers tend to be less efficient than domestic boilers
  • They often use even more expensive fuels such as oil or LPG

Heating pools using solar energy is highly effective:

  • Swimming Pools tend to have maximum demand during the Summer
  • Lower temperatures are required which further increases efficiency
  • Solar heating systems are virtually maintenance-free and silent
  • Fuel demand and CO2 emissions can be reduced by over 90%
  • The system can also provide domestic hot water throughout the year

The solar system will maintain the pools temperature throughout the summer months but some auxiliary heating will be required to get the swimming pool up to temperature to begin with.

Renewable Heat Incentive

The Renewable Heat Incentive is a government environmental programme that provides financial incentives to increase the uptake of renewable heat. Eligible installations receive quarterly payments for 7 years for domestic customer and 20 years for non-domestic customers. If you would like to know more about the schemes please give us a ring on 01603 713816