Breakdown of annual yield.
Jan - 2.9%
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How does this work?
Evacuated solar tubes are the best performing system, but flat-plate panels are popular because they can be deemed to be more aesthetically pleasing to some people with the option to be integrated into the roof like a "Velux" window.
All panel types only need a check-up or maintenance service every 3-4 years, but this can be integrated into your installation deal with your installation company.
A larger tank can be fitted on installation day to update your existing tank with a more modern and efficient type.
Once installed, your system will be at your service for 25-30 years in the UK climate.
Thermodynamic systems are two alternative technologies in one
If you want to see for yourself, how a thermodynamic system works, then simply put your finger over the hole of a cycle tyre pump. Make your finger create a seal and push down the plunger.
Voila! The metallic screw thread on the cycle pump will feel hot.
This is the basic principle of how a heat pump system works. This well-established technology used worldwide in millions of commercial buildings and homes - that generate heat for water and space heating at a much lower cost than conventional heating methods.
Although I don't have them myself (because of several reasons), I am happy to report from various sources, that they are working well and saving companies incalculable amounts of money and energy.
Conventional heat pumps use solar energy in an indirect way via atmospheric heat, but imagine if you could harness the sun's energy in a 'direct' manner, then it would be the alternative technology equivalent of the turbocharger for cars.
Adding black solar panels give the advantage of harvesting direct sunlight to enhance the effects of the compression that sends heat to your heating system.
One issue to consider when installing thermodynamic solar panels is the lack of incentives on offer. Things may change in the future, but at the moment, the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme that offers a feed-in tariff for flat-plate and evacuated tubes don't certify thermodynamic technology yet.
With that said, this pioneering technology is likely to keep growing in popularity as people around the world continue to find alternative ways of reducing dependence on increasingly costly fossil fuels.
We have been proud to work alongside the original solar pioneers and I will watch with interest as thermodynamic panels begin to appear on rooftops, just like conventional solar panels which have become popular over the last few years.
"Feel the pride."
Founder of Power My Home.