Triangle Consulting Engineers Ltd, Four Seasons House, Astley Way,
Leeds, LS26 8XT
technologies - solar water heating
heating systems depend upon solar radiation and not direct sunlight, so the
system can continue to operate even on dull and overcast days..
in winter, although a panel can be effective in helping warm the water,
the system will still need its traditional hot water heater to provide most of
the hot water heating needs, which can be provided by an electric heating
element or a low temperature hot water heating coil.
in the autumn,
spring and summer, a solar panel can yield surprising results, often not
requiring any support from the boiler or electric heater element.
depending upon your system and how and when hot water is utilised, it is
possible that the demand for hot water can be met by the solar panel at these
times of the year. introducing this type of system early in the design process the
solar panels can be designed as an integral part of the roofing
by utilising solar water heating reliance upon the primary energy
sources is reduced thereby reducing carbon emissions.
this system cannot
be described as a true zero carbon system as electricity is used to circulate
heat transference liquid through the system. therefore this system is best
described as a low carbon system.
water systems are a straight forward system to incorporate into a buildings hot
water system, when the panels are unable to provide all the heat required they
can be backed up by conventional gas boiler or a greener approach would be to
utilise a high temeperature heat pump.
triangle have designed many solar
water installations from a single panel on residential housing to large scale
installations on commercial buildings and colleges.