Solar thermal panels


There are generally 2 types of solar thermal panels, the flate plate system or evacuated tube systems. Flat plate systems are comprised of an absorber plate with a transparent cover. Evacuated tube system are comprised of a row of glass tubes that each contain an absorber plate feeding into a mainfold which transports the heated fluid. Although the evacuated tube system is more efficient, we have decided to specify the flat plate system for both houses. This is mostly due to the lower cost and ease of maintenance of the flat plate system which makes it ideal for this affordable housing project. 

3m2 of solar hot water panels have been added to both plots. Calculations suggest that these panels will provide 70% of the overall demand. Solar panels have been supplied by Viridian Solar

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Fact 17

Personal carbon emissions – the emissionswe all produce from our homes and ourtravel – account for around 43% of theUK total, or around 235 million tonnesof CO2 (MtCO2) a year.
Source: Energy Saving Trust 2008