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Solar Hot Water

HEATING WATER WITH SUNLIGHT IS THE NATURAL WAY TO REDUCE YOUR ENERGY
BILLS AND CARBON FOOTPRINT

30 years ago a company called Thermomax devoted its energy to perfecting solar thermal vacuum tube technology that would generate hot water even in cold and windy conditions, they succeeded!

Now called KINGSPAN SOLAR - WORLD LEADERS IN SOLAR THERMAL SYSTEMS

Solar thermal systems can be used to supply 75-85% of your domestic hot water, they can heat your pool or reduce the load on your boiler or a combination of all of these.

  • Outstanding quality - outstanding performance
  • Works from dusk until dawn throughout the year
  • Rapid conductivity and transfer of energy into heat
  • Reduces dependency on increasingly expensive fossil fuels
  • Lowest lifetime costs - 30% more effective than flat panels
  • Unique temperature limitation device
  • Solar Keymark - applicable for Credit d'Impôt
  • Manufactured in the UK
  • Award winning excellent product design            
Kingspan Solar from Ecopower Europe

 

Kingspan solar hot water systems from EcoPower Europe

 

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We are proud to be Kingspan accredited Installers for South West France and can design and install a system to suit your hot water needs. Our systems are all dry design for ease of installation and maintenance. The dry system between the manifold and tube means tubes can be easily fitted and replaced.

System Choices

Solar Hot Water

Single Coil Cylinder

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Solar Hot Water

Twin Coil Cylinder

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Solar Hot Water

Combined With Pool Heating

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Solar Hot Water

For Gites & Holiday Homes

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Solar Hot Water

Pellet Boiler Connection

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OUR SOLAR SYSTEMS ARE 100% UK DESIGNED AND MANUFACTURED

WE ARE ACCREDITED INSTALLERS AND CAN OFFER THE 20 YR KINGSPAN WARRANTY ON TUBES

 

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HEATING WATER WITH SUNLIGHT IS THE NATURAL WAY TO REDUCE YOUR ENERGY
BILLS AND CARBON FOOTPRINT

A solar thermal hot water system transforms solar radiation or light into useful heat using the solar tube collector. Each solar collector or panel consists of a highly insulated manifold and a row of solar tubes. The vacuum inside each tube provides the perfect insulation and protects the system from outside influences such as wind, cold and high humidity. The vacuum technology ensures the most effective transfer of energy into heat giving increased performance over flat plat collectors and producing hot water even in marginal weather conditions.

Fluid in the manifold passes over the ends of the tubes and collects the solar heat. This fluid then passes through a coil in the cylinder and again transfers it’s heat to the water in the cylinder. It is likely that even on a cold and cloudy day solar can make a contribution to the temperature of the water in the cylinder. Even a temperature rise of 20 degrees will save significantly on the use of other fossil fuels to heat the water from the mains supply temperature.

How solar evac tubes work Click the image above to see a larger version.

 

solar contribution by months Home solar installation
Solar contribution by month.
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Diagram showing a solar panel installation
heating a twin coil cylinder.
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The solar heating can be ‘topped’ up using a boiler or immersion. The second coil is used to connect other heat sources such as a pellet boiler for example.

Solar Collectors

In France we use two premium collector systems:

HP400   Varisol HP

Thermomax HP400 collector

Click to download HP400 brochure

 

 

Varisol HP collector

Click to download Varisol HP brochure

This is a dry evacuated tube system most suitable and robust enough for domestic situations. It includes the unique temperature limiting safety features.

  The Next generation technology used where the HP400 panel can’t be used. More flexible panel size as manifold is incorporated.

Temperature Limiting Device

This is a unique feature found only on KINGSPAN systems and is in our opinion not an option, for safety from over heating.

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HEATING WATER WITH SUNLIGHT IS THE NATURAL WAY TO REDUCE YOUR ENERGY
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Kingspan Albion Ultrasteel Cylinders Kingspan Albion Solar Cylinders

Our unvented solar cylinders are designed specifically with solar applications in mind. Featuring a purpose-designed solar coil, which allows maximum heat transfer of solar energy into the stored water. They are an efficient and environmentally friendly way of providing domestic hot water.

Our single coil models have two immersion heaters fitted as backup for your hot water requirements. Our twin coil models feature an additional coil for traditional boiler input as well as an immersion heater to meet even the toughest heating requirements.

Our solar hot water packages include either a 210L or a 300L solar cylinder but the range is from 180-300L in either single coil or twin coil versions.

Features and Benefits

  • Single and twin coil models available
  • Unique design specifically for solar applications
  • Manufactured from ‘Duplex’ stainless steel for superior corrosion resistance
  • 25 year anti-corrosion guarantee on inner container
  • High flow rate controls
  • Fast reheat and high insulation values
  • 50mm CFC and HCFC-free foam lagging for low standing heat loss
  • Mains pressure hot water for powerful showers
  • High flow rates - ideal for multiple bathrooms baths fill very quickly
  • Fast reheat - hot water quickly available
  • Economical to run
  • Attractive steel finish case – smart, tough and wipe clean
  • Low maintenance

A Kingspan Albion solar cylinder installed Click to enlarge the image.

 

Warranty Notes:

The Albion Ultrasteel cylinder carries a 25-year fully transferable guarantee when installed by Ecopower. The expansion vessel and cold water controls supplied with the cylinder carry a 5-year guarantee and all other parts carry a 2 year guarantee.

HEATING WATER WITH SUNLIGHT IS THE NATURAL WAY TO REDUCE YOUR ENERGY
BILLS AND CARBON FOOTPRINT

We have 2 standard packages suitable for the majority of households but we can design a system to suit your individual needs if required.  Included in our packages will be everything required for a complete installation from start to finish.

Solar hot water packages from Ecopower Europe

 

For a 2-3 Person Household   For a 4-5 Person Household

2 m2 package
210L Solar Cylinder
20 tube Kingspan solar panel
Duel stream pump station
Expansion vessel
Solar Connection Kit
Solar Glycol
Solar Controller
Sloping roof Kit and Roof flashings
Solar Discharge container
Super inulated Duoflex Stainless Steel pipe
Sensor kit
All plumbing accessories as required

 

 

 

3 m2 package
300L Solar Cylinder
30 tube Kingspan solar panel
Duel stream pump station
Expansion vessel
Solar Connection Kit
Solar Glycol
Solar Controller
Sloping roof Kit and Roof flashings
Solar Discharge container
Super insulated Duoflex Stainless Steel pipe
Sensor kit
All plumbing accessories as required

 

All of our systems are SOLAR KEYMARK accredited and as such are approved for Crédit d’Impôts reimbursements. Please check the section Crédit d’Impôts for more details.

TAx credits available for solar hot water systems

 

HEATING WATER WITH SUNLIGHT IS THE NATURAL WAY TO REDUCE YOUR ENERGY
BILLS AND CARBON FOOTPRINT

Our installation team have undergone the KINGSPAN training specifically on their products.  We are accredited installers and as such can offer the 20yr KINGSPAN warranty

A Site survey will always be necessary prior to any system being fitted.  Our installers will advise on the system capabilities within your home. We will design your solar hot water system in accordance with your needs and in accordance with best practice and best economical sense.

When installed by us the full product KINGSPAN warranty will be validated.

We offer an installation service currently in the Poitou Charente region of France and all surrounding Departments. For all other areas please contact us and ask.

"We install products that are well made, highly energy efficient and environmentally sustainable"

Below are some examples of recent installations. Please click the thumbnails to see larger versions.

Kingspan solar hot water systems from EcoPower Europe
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Kingspan solar hot water systems from EcoPower Europe
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Kingspan solar hot water systems from EcoPower Europe
Kingspan solar hot water systems from EcoPower Europe
Kingspan solar hot water systems from EcoPower Europe

 

HEATING WATER WITH SUNLIGHT IS THE NATURAL WAY TO REDUCE YOUR ENERGY
BILLS AND CARBON FOOTPRINT

We have made the documents below available to you to download.

Thermomax technical & installation brochure

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Kingspan Thermomax brochure

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Kingspan HP400 brochure

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Varisol HP brochure

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Albion single coil cylinder brochure

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HEATING WATER WITH SUNLIGHT IS THE NATURAL WAY TO REDUCE YOUR ENERGY
BILLS AND CARBON FOOTPRINT

Please contact us though this website or by phone or e-mail to enquire about the KINGSPAN range or to arrange a survey.

SIMPLE STEPS TO SOLAR HOT WATER

  1. Visit your Mairie and complete a Déclaration Préalable - download the form   https://www.formulaires.modernisation.gouv.fr/gf/cerfa_13703.do. Attach your plan cadastre, a photo and a description of your project. Wait 30 days to receive a positive response. We can do this for you if required.
  2. Decide on the location of the solar collector or panel. An unshaded, south or S/E facing roof with a pitch of around 30 degrees. Kits are available for other situations ie. flat roofs, wall or ground mounting. Choose a location as near to the cylinder as possible for minimum heat losses.
  3. Choose your panel package size according to the usual number of occupants;
    20 tube or 2m2 panel for a home with 2/3 people
    30 tube or 3m2 panel for a home with 3/5 people
    Panels can be connected together to increase the system size if required.
  4. Size your solar cylinder and choose the number of solar coils as follows;
    210L cylinder = 20 tube panel
    300L cylinder = 30 tube panel
    A single coil cylinder will utilise as much solar as possible with a backup electrical immersion.  A twin coil cylinder enables energy input from another heat source or boiler to the second coil.
  5. Choose your cylinder location - usually determined by existing pipe work for a straight swap with an existing electric ‘ballon’. For a complete relocation, the nearer the panel to the cylinder the better. Ensure you have space nearby for the solar controller and expansion vessel and an electrical supply nearby is essential.
  6. Choose your supplier and installer and Order your System. Choose a system that is Solar Keymark accredited with a cast iron guarantee.  Check for an accredited installer for peace of mind and ensure that the system will be installed and commissioned fully.
  7. Apply for your Crédit d’Impôts reimbursement. Residents can apply for a  reimbursement of a % of the product cost. If you pay tax this sum is taken off your tax bill but if you do not pay any tax in France you will receive a cheque back!
  8. Enjoy lots of free solar hot water and lower energy bills…for good.