Solar Thermal- Harnessing the sun’s energy using solar panels is a great way to reduce energy costs and heat the water you use in your home or business.
Take advantage of the governments incentive while it lasts, the Renewable Heat Incentive [RHI] Tariff is claimable for 7 years domestically and 20 years commercially.
Solar thermal is an ideal solution for heating a swimming pool as it is both efficient and cheaper to run than conventional energy sources like oil and LPG. Solar thermal panels can be used for a domestic swimming pool too. A solar thermal heating system that is integrated into a swimming pool can meet up to 80% of your pool’s heating and energy requirements.
How they work?
The heat will be collected from the solar collector and transferred to the swimming pool using a heat exchanger. The solar thermal heating would be mounted on either the roof or building or by the pool. The system should also be connected to your main heating system. The size of your system will depend on the size of your pool and the energy performance required.
The panels are connected through a sealed circuit that uses copper or stainless steel pipes and that is also chlorine resistant. The system should be located on a south facing roof and shading as well as roof aesthetics should be taken into consideration to obtain maximum efficiency.
The circuit is also filled with a glycol solution that acts as antifreeze. The panels work when light hits the absorber inside the panel to create heat. The system’s heat is monitored electronically and when it detects that heat is required it sends it through the circuit in the glycol solution to a heat exchanger. The heat is then pumped through the swimming pool water via the exchanger and filter.