Solar Energy for a Colder Future

Solar Domestic Hot Water

& Solar Space Heating


Solar Domestic Hot Water

Heat your household water with the sun. Just add a collector and a storage tank to your house. These systems are designed to be efficient in extremely cold weather - no freezing - just plenty of hot water. You can combine this system with your hot water heater or combine it with an instantaneous hot water heater.


External Heat Exchangers

                                                                      

Control Board

Solar hot water into on-demand hot water back-up heater

The above photos show how complicated the storage and control systems can be for a solar household hot water system.

 


 Solar Space Heating 

Solar space heating is usually accomplished through radiant heating in the floor. The design temperatures of the solar system are a good match with the design temperatures for radiant heating in the floor. These systems can be designed with flat plate collectors or evacuated tubes. Either way, a large area for collectors is required as well as a large area for a hot water storage tank.

The solar collectors heat up the water in the storage tank during the day (when the sun is out), and then when heat is needed, the stored heat provides the heat that gets distributed through the floor.  It's toasty!

 Installation of radiant tubing for the slab

 

A large square footage of collector area is necessary for solar space heating

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Flat Plate Collectors

 

 

Evacuated Tubes

 

 Flat Plate Collectors

 

 

 

 

 

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