Solar water heating systems = Solar panels + solar energy. Solar thermal: solar power & solar hot water. Solar RHI.
Solar Shower System
Solar Energy: Heat Up With A Solar Shower System
- Who doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t enjoy a nice, hot shower in the morning? There is nothing worse than waking up to discover that you have run out of hot water. Freezing water may wake you up faster, but it’s not nearly as enjoyable an experience! Solar shower systems provide very economical and convenient ways to heat up your water.
Indoor Solar Shower Systems
- Using solar power or solar energy to heat your indoor shower system is a much cheaper alternative to using traditional methods such as mains-electrical or gas heated ones. In fact, statistics reveal that heating water represents one of the largest energy expenses in your home. Replacing a traditional water heater with an innovative solar powered system can drastically reduce your utility bill.
Outdoor Solar Shower Systems
- Because solar shower systems donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t require complicated wiring or installation, these clever renewable energy systems can be used outdoors. Perhaps, you would like to be able to enjoy a shower in your own backyard during a beautiful summer evening. With a solar heated system, this is now possible! Solar heating panels can be mounted on your roof to heat separate storage tank located near a traditional heater in your home. The sun may provide as much as 100% of the energy during the summer when sunlight is more plentiful.
Portable Solar Shower Systems
- Imagine being able to take a nice, hot bath during your next camping trip. Portable solar shower systems consist of specialized bags that harvest the energy of sunlight. They can collect solar heat right up to an enjoyable temperature after only a few hours in sunlight. They are very inexpensive to purchase and make great gifts for any campers, backpackers or outdoor enthusiasts. One downside of some solar shower systems are that, not being solar panels with remote water stores, they don’t stay hot very long because by being part of the solar energy collector, their solar water store may not be well insulated. Solar heating of water is simple and needs to be designed and sold in an environmental way.
Environmentally Friendly Renewable Energy
- Over a year, green home owners utilizing an innovative solar water heating solution can expect 30-70% of their hot water to be heated by the sun. Better positioned solar panels in low occupancy homes may approach this 70% Ã¢â‚¬Å“solar fractionÃ¢â‚¬Â while the same size panels which are less well positioned, or in homes with 3-4 people may achieve the lower solar fraction. The key point being that solar water heating can reduce the use of fossil fuels for heating water. And save money.
Low or zero carbon solar thermal systems?
- Why would anyone want to burn up mains electricity in order to collect green energy from the sun?
- Solar water heating is now classified into two types of Ã¢â‚¬Å“carbon impactsÃ¢â‚¬Â: low carbon solar or zero carbon solar thermal heating systems. Low carbon solar thermal uses mains electric pumps, typically rated at 30-60 watts power consumption to circulate water, antifreeze or air between the hot cylinder and the solar panel. Low carbon solar thermal consumes further additional electrical energy to control a small computer called a solar pump controller which switches this pump on or off, depending on whether the panel is hotter or colder than the cylinder. The Ã¢â‚¬Å“parasitic mains electricity consumptionÃ¢â‚¬Â of conventional solar water heating negates its carbon savings by around 20% according to data in a report published by the DTI in UK.
- Zero carbon solar water heating systems use either a thermosyphon (gravity) or a solar electric pump to move water from the panel, to the cylinder where it is stored. A thermosyphon solar water heating system relies on hot water being lighter than cold, so that it floats upwards. Thermosiphon requires the hot water cylinder to be located above the solar panel. This design, which is most appropriate to flat roofs in countries where there is little chance of freezing, is uncommon in UK solar panels, as in Ireland.
- Alternatively, solar electric (photovoltaic or PV) pump can therefore be used to pump water downwards when the sun shines. This uses no mains electricity and is therefore described as zero carbon solar. PV pumping is the usual approach to water pumping for zero carbon solar in UK and Ireland.
- Solar water heating panels using this new zero carbon solar design is increasingly viewed as the future of solar thermal.