Why Solar Thermal?

Solar heating is the natural way to reduce your energy bills and your carbon footprint. It doesn’t have to cost the earth…

Solar Energy for a Brighter Future
Solar energy is free, clean and safe. It produces no carbon emissions, one of the major contributors to global warming. Using solar energy enables you to reduce your carbon footprint as well as your energy bills. There are various tax credits and grants available to support installation of solar thermal systems throughout the country, so be sure to check the Government’s websites for most up-to-date info on incentives that might be available to you.
Solar thermal technology is a perfect investment in today’s economic and financial climate. Reliance on traditional fossil fuels is no longer a viable option. Limited resources, fluctuating prices along with the impact on today’s environment mean a shift towards renewable technology is inevitable and key to our survival.
What is Solar Energy?
Solar energy is our largest FREE energy source. Solar radiation drives all natural cycles and processes on earth including rain, wind, photosynthesis, ocean currents and several other that are important for life. From the very beginning of life, the overall world energy needs have been based on solar energy – all fossil fuels (oil, gas, coal) are a result of solar energy! The power that sun emits is immense. The energy from the sun acting on the surface of the earth over a short period of only 15 minutes is more than the planet’s total energy requirement for a whole year! In sunny regions the amount of annual global radiation on a horizontal surface may reach over 2,200 kWh/m2. In Northern Europe the maximum values can be as high as 1,100 kWh/m2, i.e. 943kWh/m2 in London and 990 kWh/m2 in Rosslare, Ireland.
How Solar Thermal Works?
The most cost-efficient and affordable way to use solar energy is solar thermal water heating - the technology to effectively collect sun’s radiation and utilise it to heat water. The process is simple and effective, and entirely renewable.

  • The solar panels collect energy from the sun which increases temperature of the heat transfer fluid contained within the panels.
  • When the fluid in the panels is hot enough, the pump station circu­lates the hot fluid around the system.
  • The hot fluid is pumped around the coil at the bottom of the solar cylinder and heats the water that is stored inside.
  • The colder now fluid returns to the panels where it is reheated by the sun’s energy and the cycle starts again.
  • The solar controller, which is the brains of the system, enables you to time your hot water, just like a central heating programmer, and measure the amount of energy you have gained from the sun.
  • If the temperature sensor in the cylinder detects that the solar panel hasn’t collected enough energy to heat the hot water to the required temperature, a supplementary heat source (e.g. gas or oil boiler) is required to top up the temperature of the hot water.
  • Why choose Kingspan Solar?
    Kingspan Solar supplies the world’s most efficient and technologically advanced solar thermal evacuated tubes and flat plate solutions that offer real cost savings for commercial, industrial and domestic applications. Manufactured in our factory for over 30 years they are known worldwide for their reliability and excellent value for money – backed by the experience, expertise and integrity of Kingspan.

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