Solar Water Heating
A solar heating panel is simply a black surface in an insulated container which absorbs light and warms up. The rest of the system is there to transfer the heat from the solar panel to somewhere useful, for example into hot water for washing, heating or similar.
An electronic controller decides when the solar panel is warmer than the water at the bottom of the hot water cylinder. When this is the case a pump starts up and circulates a fluid from the solar panel and around a coil of pipe in the hot water cylinder, transferring heat from the solar fluid to the water in the cylinder.
The benefits of solar water heating:
- Hot water throughout the year, the system works all year round.
- Cut your bills: sunlight is free, so once you’ve paid for the initial installation your hot water costs will be reduced.
- Environmental Benefits: carbon footprint: solar hot water is a green, renewable heating system and can reduce your carbon dioxide emissions and consequently your carbon footprint. Also is a on-site energy generation, reducing the need to extract and transport fossil fuels.