Thermodynamic solar panels are ideal for Northern European climates
Last updated on September 20th, 2016 at 07:16 pm
“I have always been excited by new technological innovations, but it has been awhile since the solar panel industry has made any substantial innovative breakthroughs, until now.”
First impressions of thermodynamic solar panels seemed too good to be true, but upon closer research, the hype around this newest of solar technology did warrant closer inspection. I liked the thermodynamic system so much, that I have decided to happily promote it here within my Heat my Home website.
This system is a complete solar heating panel technology which surpasses traditional flat-plate and evacuated tube installations by a clever use of integrating heat pump technology.
Now don’t get me wrong, traditional evacuated tubes and flat-plate solar panels are both fantastic at what they do, even in the United Kingdom environment, but they do have an obvious Achilles heel. The ability to work at night as well as the day is where thermodynamic technology now supersedes its sunshine loving cousins.
I especially love the super slimline panels which can be roof or wall-mounted without affecting the performance of the system. This new innovation has brought a waft of warm Mediterranean air to the British solar industry since its Portuguese conception and it can do the same for you and your family with various sizes available to suit most budgets.
To compare and contrast, a traditional system can (depending on location) produce as much as 60% of your heating needs, but this thermodynamic will produce 100% of your heating needs (depending on system size installed) even in harsh winter conditions. Sounds too good to be true?
Tried and tested technology with a garnish of innovation
Your home already has this type of system installed and has been happily working 365 days for years already. Your fridge and freezer works in a very similar way, but producing cold rather than heat.
The ingredients for producing this system is well tested and used technologies across the world today, the innovative idea to apply this everyday technology to solar panels is already starting to become a part of the staple diet in other countries with similar climates to the United Kingdom.
The passive sunlight we experience daily heats up the planet. Thermodynamic panels simply take this ambient temperature from the atmosphere as a starting point and the special refrigerant solution which circulates the panels boils at a much lower temperature. This allows the system to heat your home, swimming pool or hot water tank without the need for the sun.
So technically this heat pump technology is not a solar panel, but just like traditional panels, you still install to the southerly facing aspects of your home to maximise your energy, gain, and it circulates warmer fluid from the panels to the tank for secondary heating, which works in a similar fashion to traditional systems.
The only real difference is the slimline look, wall-mounted abilities and the ability to keep your home/tank warm while you’re snuggled up under your duvet or carving the turkey on a wintry day in December.
What’s not to love about thermodynamic solar panels? It’s like the solar equivalent of getting two 99 flakes with your ice-cream cornet.
"Feel the pride."Stuart Lovatt July 2, 2013
Founder of Heat My Home.