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:
- Extend the lifespan of your boiler.
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.
The converter works alongside your existing hot water system, your tank will still get heated in the traditionally.
Not suitable for combi boilers.
"With a little tweak to my life, I put the washing machine on when it's sunny and a nice deep bath after the spin dryer."
Can I install a water heating plugin to my PV solar system?
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.
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 70% of water costs per year.
Do I need a hot water tank?
Yes. You need a hot water tank with an immersion heater element to benefit from a converter. The management system will automatically control the heating coil throughout the day.
Not suitable for Combi boilers.
Can I still use Economy 7?
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.
Can it display the water temperature?
Yes, an optional temperature sensor can be fitted to the PV to hot water converter and display the water temperature.
What are the benefits?
All converter installations come with a standard five-year warranty.
I've seen many changes within this industry. The most significant change was the advent of PV solar-heated water. Free-generated hot water gives additional value to your PV investment. Sizing & costs