How do Solar Thermal Systems work?
Solar Thermal Systems collect solar energy for heat by means of solar thermal collectors. Collectors installed by AMENERGY include evac tubes, batch hot water heaters, and flat plate collectors. The primary types of systems in New Mexico include solar hot water, solar space heating, integrated systems, and conventional systems. These systems can be passive or active. Active systems rely on pumps for the circulation of hot and cold water through space heating and water heating, and passive relies on the use of gravity for circulation instead.
Solar thermal technology can be implemented wherever water needs to be heated. Homes, hospitals, schools, or any environment where boilers are installed are prime candidates for implementation of solar thermal applications. By preheating the water with super-efficient solar thermal collectors, utility costs for running the boiler are reduced heavily as the water comes into the unit pre-heated.
AMENERGY’s solar thermal systems are installed in a range of a few days to a few weeks, depending on the system size. Once the system is installed, it requires very little maintenance, and has a long lifespan. State and federal governments recognize the need for cleaner energy infrastructure, and offer tax breaks and incentive programs for private sector consumers who install these systems.
Here are a few types of Solar Thermal Systems:
Domestic Hot Water
Domestic hot water systems, also called solar hot water systems, use solar energy to pre-heat water used within the household. A collector is mounted to the roof or ground, facing the sun that heats the water passing through it. The more the sun is able to heat the water, the less need there will be to use fossil fuel to finish the heating. The effectiveness varies depending on the weather and the time of year. Fortunately, with over 300 days of sunshine in New Mexico, these systems provide a very reliable and efficient way to produce environmentally friendly heated water for your residence or business, improving your quality of life by reducing your monthly heating bill while using renewable non-polluting energy. Typical sizing for these systems are 1 to 3 solar collectors. The fuel used to heat domestic hot water systems is typically reduced by 65-75%.
Space heating is another way in which solar thermal technologies are used. The same kind of collectors that are used for your solar domestic hot water system can be used for your space heating system, greatly reducing the need for fossil fuels responsible for greenhouse gas emissions. The size of a space heating system depends on the square footage of the area being heated. It can range from a few collectors to much larger arrays. The fuels used to heat a residence or business is typically reduced by 50-65%
Solar Thermal is a very economical way to heat your swimming pool, often paying for itself in a matter of a few years. Pool water is simply circulated through the solar collectors and heated before it gets pumped back into the pool. Financially and environmentally, solar pool heating systems provide the best way to maintain your pools temperature.
The most common installation location for solar thermal collectors is on a structure’s roof. It is the best choice if your roof is in a sunny location with enough south-facing roof space to install enough solar collectors to meet the needs of your household. Roof mounted systems make use of your roof space that would otherwise go unused. It is also the choice to make if you have a limited amount of land.
If you have enough land to mount your system, there are some benefits over a roof mounted application. The placement of the solar collectors is much easier to achieve than roof mounted systems, allowing the maximum amount of sunlight to be captured throughout the year. Ground mounted systems are also the optimal choice when roof space is limited.
AMENERGY’s solar thermal energy systems are highly efficient due to many years of researching the most efficient and beneficial ways these systems can be applied. AMENERGY applies methods that are used by no other thermal installer in order to increase heat delivery and ease of use, which in turn will save money for the investor. AMENERGY is consistently up-to-date with emerging products and the industry’s best practices.