21 Mar DID YOU KNOW?… You could be paid to generate free hot water for your home!
“With the deadline for the Feed in Tariff fast approaching, there literally couldn’t be a better time to look to how installing solar pv panels, could not only power your Bunsen Air and provide you with entirely free hot water, but also mean that you were paid for the electricity you generate from them. Just one of the government’s ways of rewarding households for investing in solar energy!”
“To put it plainly – you could make money from providing yourself with free hot water!!”Jessica Pape – Infinity Innovations Ltd
It is amazing what can be achieved by combining solar energy systems…
Did you know – that by integrating solar pv panels to generate your electricity, with solar hot water panels for heating your hot water, and by taking advantage of the Feed in Tariff scheme before it closes to new applications on the 31st March 2019 – you could essentially, create a solar system for your home, powerful enough to heat all of your hot water for free, all the while… being paid to do so!
What are solar pv panels and solar thermodynamic panels, and how can one benefit the other?
Solar panels provide power in the form of electricity, taking in energy from the sun, and using this solar energy to produce electricity, which is then used to power the home. This is done without the burning of fossil fuels which is now having a catastrophic effect on our environment.
Thermodynamic hot water systems on the other hand, are a newer form of renewable energy, which instead of harnessing the suns energy to heat water, take other sources of energy from the climate such as wind, rain, snow or hail, also working in freezing temperatures and at night time. This energy then heats a refrigerant within the panels, heat from which, is then compressed and transferred into a hot water cylinder to heat all of a properties hot water.
Ironically, despite being an extremely powerful piece of technology, solar hot water panels do not require a great deal of power to run.
Solamics Bunsen Air have assessed the financial saving possibilities of integrating the two, and have discovered that Solar PV panels are more than capable of powering the Bunsen Air| Green Water Heating System.
How much electricity is needed to power the Bunsen Air | Thermodynamic Hot Water System?
The Bunsen’s Air hot water system, which consists of two thermodynamic solar collector panels and the Bunsen Air unit, together form a powerful solar water heater. This system has already improved the lives of hundreds of home owners across the UK, who are now heating their hot water day and night by using the ambient energy in the atmosphere. This solar hot water system not only costs them very little, but also improves their carbon footprints.
But indeed, any system such as this requires electricity to run…
How much electricity does the Bunsen require to run?
One of the main questions asked of solar hot water system installers, and a question frequently answered on many a money saving forum or F&Q section of a website is “what is the running cost of a thermodynamic hot water system?”
To put the electricity usage of the Bunsen Air into perspective, let’s take a look at the running power of some other household appliances…
A microwave runs on approximately 800W, and an immersion heater is 3000W.
The rated power of the Bunsen Air is 444w, running on average at around 500w.
When you take a moment to consider that the rated power of a Bunsen Air system is less than that of a microwave, and like a microwave, doesn’t not need to be constantly running, I’m sure you’ll agree that cost to run the electric supplying the Bunsen, is only slight, therefore, there could be an alternate way to power it…
Using Solar PV Panels to power the Bunsen Air
Solar PV panels are handy things, as they can pretty much be installed on any surface, the roof, ground mounted, a side wall or even the side of your shed if you’re really stuck for space. They must however, be exposed to sunlight, so installing them on your shed is no good if it is turned into the shade. Ideally the panels would be south or south/west facing.
Solar panels do not work under the same principle as thermodynamic hot water panels, as they are reliant on sun, however on a good day, two panels could generate over 500w of electricity. How much they generate totally depends on how many panels you have, and where they are situated.
Considering the rated power of the Bunsen Air is 444W, it is possible that on days where there is good amount of sun, the electricity generated by two solar panels (which is around 500w), would be enough to cover the required electricity supply to the Bunsen Air, which in turn powers the hot water supply.
It is equally worth remembering, that as the Bunsen Air | eco hot water system, spends a lot of its time in standby, whereas the solar panels continue to generate electricity all day long, they will still be producing energy even when the Bunsen is not.
What would happen to the unused electricity?
This unused electricity would contribute to the running of other household appliances such as a fridge/freezer, phone chargers etc, meaning that you can offset the power you don’t buy, against that which the Bunsen Air uses.
Be paid for generating solar energy before the Feed in Tariff new application deadline on the 31st March.
“To put it plainly – you could make money from providing yourself with free hot water!!” Jessica Pape – Infinity Innovations Ltd
If you already have solar pv panels installed on your home, then it isn’t too late to apply to the Feed in Tariff scheme, it also isn’t too late to add a thermodynamic hot water system to your property, and start being paid to generate free hot water!
If this sounds like something that you would be interested in, then contact PV Pro, whose friendly team can guide you as to what to do next!