Heat your swimming pool with solar even in Canadian Winters.... These 4 collectors heat a 38 x 18 foot pool from 62 Deg F to over 85 Deg F by end of may in Ontario. The excess heat then goes to heat the hot tub
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Solar water heaters have been used for over 100 years and the 1st set of solar water heater were commercially available in before the 1900’s. Residential solar water heating systems were basic black tanks placed on top of the roof. The black paint absorbs the sunlight and heats up the water in the tank. The concept today is evolved to a much great level of technology and temperatures reaching 400 F are possible. However, the basic principle of solar water heating is the same. The sun’s radiation is absorbed and transferred to the water directly or indirectly through a heating fluid and a heat exchanger’s loop.
Modern day solar heating is now possible in almost any temperature or climate with the introduction of vacuum tube solar water collectors. The vacuum tubes are like a thermos and as such loose less than 3% off the heat they capture. This means solar water heaters can provide water heating year-round regardless of the outdoor temperature. The evacuated tubes are also able to deliver high temperature water for commercial solar heating and industrial use which has greatly evolved the way solar energy is being used.
In North America most people know solar water heating in the form of solar pool heaters. These black plastic mats sit on the roof of houses and provide free energy for pool owners. However, they are limited in their capacity. Modern High-Performance solar water heaters can be used to provide both pool heat in the summer and space heating in the winter. The popularity of solar heating has tripled in the last decade with states such as Hawaii mandating solar water heaters on all new home construction.
Traditional Photo Voltaic panels capture about 15% of the solar energy whereby modern day solar vacuum tubes can capture 60-80% of the energy. This makes solar thermal much more efficient when heat energy is required such as home heating, domestic hot water and pool and hot tubs.
A major advantage of solar thermal energy is that it can be easily stored for use as needed. This is done by using highly insulated solar hot water tanks to store the energy. The energy can then be pulled out during the evenings or as needed. Unlike solar PV there are no costly batteries, charge controllers or inverters that that are needed, just a simple solar water tank is all that is used.
For homeowners and commercial businesses that want to save money and invest in Green Energy, solar thermal water heater systems are more practical to provide direct heat energy than using Photo Voltaic energy to create heat. A home owner can buy a simple solar domestic hot water heater for as little as $3000. The investment also is eligible for tax incentives that in some states in the US can be as high as 80% of the cost. This makes solar water heating an ideal investment with great returns for residential and commercial heating applications.
This article describes a home built by someone in Big Bar Lake in BC. Approx 200 kms NW from Kamloops. The home owner planned right from the start to try and heat the house with solar water Heating.
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All solar collectors, evacuated tubes, flat plate collectors and un-glazed pool heaters have different efficiencies. This is why no one can say Evacuated tubes are always better than flat plate collectors. It depends on their application.
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If you are looking to install a solar water heating system you are most likely wanting to know how the grants work and what you need to get them.
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One 30 tube panel should be sufficient for a house with 3 people (aprox 10 tubes per person, should provide 30% to 60% of the total yearly hot water. This will be aprox 100% in the summer and 30% or less in the winter.
The 30 tube panel is suggested with cylinders up to 260 liters...
When you insulate the pipe work to and from the collector. Make sure you use insulation that will resist the high temperatures. The pipe work can reach very high temperatures and normal insulation is likely to melt. The flexible stainless steel pipe comes pre insulated with high temperature insulation....
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"I've read somewhere that evacuated tubes collectors get covered in snow but Flat plate collectors don't"....
Don't believe the hype... both types of collectors, evacuated tube and flat plates will at some point collect snow in winter. If you have a few days of snow that will make both...
History of solar collectors and how they work.
Obviously solar energy comes from the sun, but how do we capture it.
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What is solar water heating and how does it work?
This is a question that gets asked a lot. This article will hopefully give you some basic information about solar water heating systems and what they can, and cannot do for you.
In a nutshell we use a very simple technology to heat...
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Why would you buy Latitude51 Solar collectors? It a simple question, we will highlight a few points we think you should consider.
Solar Collector Size and Power Output
They are large (over 4.6m2) powerful collectors, although they are priced very low and they are imported, they are not "cheap...
When you read the endless sites that profess how much better one type of collectors is better than another you need to learn how to compare the performance of various solar collectors for yourself.
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