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Solar Thermal Panels

Solar Thermal Panels on Roof of Building

Solar Thermal Panels – Harnessing the Power of the Sun

Harness the power of the sun and generate hot water through solar thermal panels, fitted by our MCS certified solar panel installer team at energy BY DESIGN in Dorset, UK.


Solar Energy – The Facts

The sun has a diameter of 860,000 miles – a giant nuclear furnace!

600 million tonnes of Hydrogen is converted to 596 million tonnes of Helium every second. The ‘missing’ 4 million tonnes is converted to energy. It is this energy that showers down upon our earth.

Solar energy is equivalent to all the known resources on this planet, in one hour the earth receives more energy from the sun than we can consume in an entire year. It has been calculated that solar energy falling on an area 60 square miles is greater than the entire world’s energy demand.


Solar Heating and Hot Water– The Benefits

With unstable global energy prices coupled with the fact the UK has to import more and more fuel, installing solar panels currently represents real benefits to the home owner. Such benefits include the following:

  • Solar thermal panels increase your property’s value
  • Solar heating and hot water systems achieve real energy savings year on year, reducing your energy bills. Plus, having it installed it is more affordable than you may think.

There are two types of solar thermal panel, flat plate and evacuated tubes. Evacuated tubes provide more efficiency, generally giving you more output during the winter months when you need it the most. Solar thermal panels are designed to provide 50 – 70% of your homes annual hot water needs. Installing solar panels can potentially save you 400kg of carbon dioxide per year.

Diagram of a House Hot Water System Connected to Solar Thermal Panels on the Roof

How Solar Thermal Panels Work

Solar thermal panels are ideally sited on a south facing roof. However east to west facing roofs are perfectly acceptable. The panels can be fixed vertically, horizontally or even mounted to an ‘A’ frame. ‘A’ frames can then be fixed to a flat roof or onto a suitable slab at ground level.

Solar panel collectors absorb solar energy from the sun, not just direct sunlight, so they will even work when the weather is overcast! A liquid medium is heated and pumped round a closed system between the panel and the heat exchanging coil in a cylinder. Providing there is a greater temperature differential at the panel the pump will start. This is all done electronically via a solar controller. The cooled liquid then returns to the solar panel to restart the cycle. A boiler or other renewable energy system will then provide any back up as needed.


Solar Thermal Panel Installers in Dorset

Here at energy BY DESIGN in Wimborne, Dorset, we offer the latest technological innovations in solar thermal panels. As a result you get the most cost effective solutions for harvesting the sun’s energy. Our unbiased approach ensures we can design and install a hot water and heating system of solar thermal panels that is tailored to your specific needs. In addition to helping you to reduce your carbon footprint, we also help you save money year on year.

To find out how solar panels can be linked into your home, come and visit us at our energy BY DESIGN showroom in Wimborne, Dorset. Contact us directly with your enquiry!


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Our supply, survey and installation service covers the following areas: Bournemouth, Christchurch, Dorchester, Poole, Romsey, Salisbury, Southampton, Wimborne and Winchester and other areas in Dorset in Hampshire. Site surveys outside a 30 mile radius of Wimborne will incure a charge a £25 which is deductable should you accept our quotation. We are also pleased to invite enquiries from further afield.