Thermodynamic solar panels work like a hybrid refrigerator in reverse.

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"Thermodynamic solar panels are a hybrid technology that takes over from your boiler's job of heating your hot water and central heating. This considerably reduces the use of expensive fuels to heat your home. This system has the ability to work any time day and night."

Thermodynamic solar panels.

Sunshine technology. We don't recommend thermodynamic panels because they are not eligible for current incentives at this time. We suggest PV with heat converters.

In a nutshell.

Thermodynamic solar panel installations are the most recent breakthrough in solar panel technology. Imagine you could invent solar panels which works day and night. Whether it's raining, windy, night or day, this breakthrough system can provide solar heating 24 hours and 365 days of the year.

The breakthrough comes from comes from being able to use indirect as well as direct energy from the sun. Drawing solar heat from the atmosphere when the sunshine isn't available is how this system supersedes conventional panels.

This really is a game-changer for the solar heating industry.

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The science bit.

The panels contain environmentally friendly refrigerant which has a boiling temperature of 25 Degrees Celsius. The panel absorbs the environmental heat and raises its temperature through compression.


Anodized aluminium panels.
Size: 2000 mm x 800 mm x 20 mm.
Weight: 8.0 kg.
Temperature: 40-80 Celcius (104-176 Fahrenheit).
On-roof or wall mounted.

Thermodynamic panels. Why not?

We don't recommend thermodynamic panels because they are not eligible for current solar technology incentives at this time.

Alternatively, we suggest installing PV solar panels working alongside an Immersun or iBoost heating converter that heats up your hot water tank using excess electricity from your panels.

The benefits of this type of set-up over a standard thermodynamic set-up is the additional benefits of generating electricity and generating a revenue with the solar PV incentive.

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Sunshine on a cloudy day.

Questions about thermodynamic installations

There are three types of heating panels. What's best for me?

Solar heating panels can be catergorised as:

Thermodynamic panels work night and day that could make them a real game changing technology, although these aren't eligible for the current incentive scheme.

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Are thermodynamic systems suitable for my home?

The wonder of this type of solar installation is the fact you don't need a southerly facing roof space like traditional solar technologies. Since the panels work of the indirect form solar energy in the atmosphere, it means you can install the panels anywhere on a property.

These unobtrusive panels use a combination of heat pump and traditional solar panel technology which can be roof or wall-mounted. This system can be used for hot water heating or central heating all year round.

No planning permission needed in most cases.

Do thermodymamics work in the UK climate?

Absolutely, because the system doesn't need direct sunlight, it works better than more traditional systems. Thermodynamic solar panels were developed for night and day use, which means they are fast becoming the preferred choice for more northern geographic locations.

How much will a system cost?

The cost of a system depends on several factors, usually based on water tank sizes and whether you want to use the heat for central heating or hot water only purposes. A free consultation can be arranged to give you a clearer idea of compatibility and costs.

Can I install thermodynamic solar panels myself?

In most cases, no, however, if one has Part P electrical and plumbing skills, then it may be possible to install in a diy capacity.

All installations must be carried out and certified by an accredited MCS installer in most cases.

Why is it important to update my hot water tank?

Very simply, old copper hot water tanks run exceptionally inefficiently, especially after many years of use. Lime-scale will reduce performance even further. When installing this technology, it is essential to install a modern more efficient tank to get the most out of your generated heat gain.

"Adding this technology to an old tank would be like converting your car to LPG gas and running it on semi-flat tyres."

Can it contribute towards my central heating?

Yes, if you decide to install a system set-up for central heating. With the correct amount of panels and a full conversion from your old energy-draining system, then yes thermodynamic solar panels cannot only contribute, but take over your heating of your home or business.

There is also provision for working side by side with your conventional boiler with the use of a secondary coil in the hot water tank.

How long will it take you to install my system?

Depending on the type of system you are installing, anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days at the most.

It is worth noting that higher quality solar collectors are better at retaining heat at lower solar energy levels than a poorer quality collector.

What water temperatures can I expect in the UK?

The operating temperature is 55 Degrees Celcius, which is suitable for all washing and bathing needs, but the anti-legionella system regularly activates to raise the hot water temperature to 70° Celsius.

How long does a system last?

This depends on quality type; with a robust quality system, it will easily last 25-30+ years, but a poor quality system may only last a couple of years.

Do thermodynamic solar panels have to be fitted on the roof?

No. However to get the maximum performance from your panels, we advise installing onto a southerly facing roof space, but they work perfectly well on an East or West facing space with minimal efficiency loss. They can also be fitted onto a wall or garden space.


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