Solar Thermal

Low Carbon Heat

Solar thermal, or solar hot water is supported by the UK governments grant schemes, which includes the Green Homes grant and the Renewable Heat incentive. Solar thermal is the lowest cost technology of the five approved methods of producing low carbon energy, and can be installed on its own or alongside a heat pump as the grants support both technologies. Solar thermal is often confused with Solar PV which produces electricity and is not currently supported by government grants.

Ground or flat roof mounted solar thermal systems

Conventional solar thermal systems comprise solar collector panels on the roof, and a hot water storage tank in the home together with all the connecting pipework and controls. At Atmos we specialise in external systems, because they are easier to install and there is no need for a storage tank and pipework in the home thus saving space indoors. They are easy to maintain, and best of all they cost substantially less than roof mounted systems. They can usually be oriented to face south, and therefore operate at maximum collector efficiency. Read on to view the thermosiphon or the Compact system.

Thermosiphon systems

Thermosiphon systems are used all over the world but not often seen in the UK. Whilst they may not be everyone’s cup of tea, they are the cheapest form of solar thermal heat, and are simple to install and maintain.  Available in a variety of sizes from 2-6m2. They can used as a stand-alone system utilising the built in electric immersion heater, or in series with a Combi boiler or an unvented hot water tank system.

All Atmos thermosiphon systems supplied are eligible for the Green Homes grant and the Renewable Heat Incentive when installed by an MCS approved contractor

Compact systems

The Compact solar thermal system comprises a solar panel (1 or 2) with the tank and pipework concealed below the panel and enclosed to protect the installation and conserve heat. Available soon exclusively from Atmos Innovations, the Compact costs considerably less than a conventional system, and is more suitable for ground mounting than a thermosiphon system. The Compact pumped system comes complete with controls which can be operated from the home. Available in sizes from 2m2 to 5m2,

The Compact can used as a stand-alone system utilising the built in electric immersion heater, or in series with a Combi boiler or an unvented hot water tank system.

All Atmos thermosiphon systems supplied are eligible for the Green Homes grant and the Renewable Heat Incentive when installed by an MCS approved contractor.

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