The trademark flat metal boxes have a plastic cover, which is hardy and able to withstand a whole lot of different weather conditions. Inside the boxes are collector plates, made of copper or aluminium, which are coated with a variety of coatings designed to absorb the sun’s rays and convert it into usable energy, ready for use at any time.
The standard system is most often installed on roof tops for maximum effectiveness. Each system contains a very unique circuit which is either filled with water or a combination of water and anti freeze, depending on the climate it is installed in. The heat is transferred to the liquid in the circuit and then carried through to the water tank. Most systems are driven by a pump but a solar water heater will be driven by a special siphoning system. This means a constant supply of heat or hot water, as and when needed.
These systems are highly beneficial for domestic uses as it conserves energy and can save money in the long run. It is ideal for homes which do not receive regular feeds from the main power grid. It cuts back on power usage on the whole. They are easy to install and really simple to set up, and before long the household will no longer be on main power grids.
The benefits to both commercial and industrial applications are really outstanding. Less drain on the power grid and a constant supply of energy translates to direct cost savings in the long and short term. Larger building can not only be heated but also powered by an effective solar system. The impact on the main power grid and the budget, for large industries can be seen almost immediately.
The impact of solar heating on the environment can be seen almost immediately. There is less use of very limited resources, a a lot less pollution or emissions. In fact solar power has been very effective in producing turbine power, which means electricity is being fed directly into the main power grid. This amazing renewable resource is a vastly untapped source, which will prove to have a major impact on all future generations.
The applications of this dynamic system is diverse enough to be used in general household use as well as large industries. This means a smaller carbon footprint, less damage to an already fragile environment. There are no major overheads required to install and switch over to one of these systems. The cost will prove to be a whole lot lower than rising power costs.
The initial purchase and installation costs may be a little higher than expected, but in the long run will prove to be a real saving. Not only will there be a saving on expenses but also a chance to save precious resources, which have not been renewable for a very long time. [youtube:frwkz6IW2lM?fs=1;How solar thermal hot water [link:works part 1] ;http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frwkz6IW2lM?fs=1&feature=related] [youtube:NtjKUJJyri0?fs=1;How solar thermal hot water [link:works part 2];http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtjKUJJyri0?fs=1&feature=related]