PV solar panels include water heating for a sun-powered tank of hot water
Traditionally, evacuated solar tubes and flat-plate thermal panels were a common type of solar heating until the advent of PV-powered water heating converters.
In a nutshell.
This breakthrough is a solar heating management product that gives an additional benefit from your PV solar panels excess, and an extension to battery storage.
This nifty device means you don't have to pay to import expensive electricity for heating your hot water tank. Standard water heating costs are approx 25% (depending on tank efficiency) of a typical household's energy costs.
PV solar technology can provide a large percentage of hot water for the savviest of homeowners.
The science bit.
An immersion element is the most expensive way to heated water, so using solar technology is smarter-by-design.
Compatible system sizes: 1.0 - 4.0 KW. Size: 198 mm x 132 mm x 68 mm. Immersion power: 100W-3500W. 10 years warranty.
Solar panels made easy.
Longevity - Photovoltaic degradation is 80% generation capacity after twenty years of operation.
Suitability - A South, South-East or South-West facing roof is ideal for high-performance figures.
Ability - Discuss your options and maximise the benefits from a tailored-system.
"PV-heating converters work side-by-side with tank-based heating systems all year round."
Introducing PV with water heating
Over the many years of experience within the solar industry, I have seen many changes. The most significant shift has to be the change in popularity from solar heating to PV solar systems.
As a result, photovoltaic arrays have become popular, but few are adopting solar heating products such as evacuated tubes.
An inexpensive device that converts excess PV-generated electricity into a daily tank of complimentary hot water - what's not to like?
The best ideas are always the most straightforward.
The emergence of self-consumption by using free-generated electricity gives added value to a PV-investment.
An immersion heater element is the most expensive way to achieve hot water, so using sun-powered technology for your hot water requirements makes sense.
This unobtrusive and easy to install investment will save you money far into the future - just like PV-tech itself.
Exciting times ahead.
Questions about PV-to-water heating
Is it easy to install?
Installation is with minimum fuss. DIY installations are not possible because installers require a Part P electrical qualification legally.
What savings can I expect?
This answer depends on the size of your PV system and the amount of hot water you use, but a four-person family with a 4KW PV panel system can expect to save around 200 GBP per year.