Cloudy days can also provide opportunity for solar panels to collect even more power, for example, London averages 1481 hours of sunshine per year.
Solar collectors are not just for generating renewable energy, they can also be used to create a striking design. Architect Nick Baker placed 925 Kingspan Varisol solar thermal evacuated tube collectors to the front of an apartment building in the trendy area of Delancey Street, Camden.
The innovative design is so striking it stops traffic in the area.
However it’s not all about presentation, the solar collectors have resulted in Delancey Street receiving a Level three rating from The Code for Sustainable Homes and made the building eligible for the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments.
This approach has proven highly effective, saving more than 5,000 m3 of gas and lowering CO2 emissions by approximately 11,000kg.