PV solar panels with tank heating provide sun-powered hot water
Traditionally, solar heating panels were common until the advent of PV-heating converters. Divert surplus power to heat your water tank. A useful addition for a PV-powered household.
In a nutshell:
- Free solar-generated hot water.
- Extend the lifespan of your boiler.
- Not suitable for Combi boilers.
This nifty device means you don't have to pay to import expensive electricity for hot water. Water heating is typically 25% of a household's costs. Water temperatures raised to 75 deg Celcius.
I've seen many changes within the industry, but solar-heated water gave additional usefulness to an existing PV system.
PV-to-heat converters can be found here.
Installation to an emersion heater tank is with minimum fuss. However, DIY installations are not possible because installers require a Part P electrical qualification legally.
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 approx 70% of water costs per year.
Yes. You need a hot water tank with an immersion heater element to benefit from a converter. The management system will automatically adjust the coil input according to demand throughout the day.
Yes, The system has a built-in timer that allows three easy-to-use options. It can be programmed every 24 hours and so take full advantage of your off-peak supply if required.
A temperature sensor is fitted to display the water temperature of your solar-powered hot water tank. A complimentary technology for many PV owners in the UK.