Renewable energy systems designer/developer- outsourcing consultant

For the past 13 yrs my solar central heating system has worked without a service cost

Seeking Investor/Partners

It was in 1998, after spending 5 years in Cyprus, educating myself about all the failures of solar water heating collectors, that i returned to the UK to demonstrate the greater benefits of solar thermal outside of just heating up a tank of water to shower/wash with.

It was not until late 1999, after opening the global warming solution center in West Parley, Dorset, that I was able to secure a deposit-for a mortgage on a new house in Wimborne, Dorset.

Its through this house as pictured above, that I began the job of converting a typical open vented central heating and hot water copper cylinder to my Multi Fuel Thermal Store/Heat pipe tube collector system.

The Glowworm Ultimate wall hung Gas boiler was retained, as the primary heat source to heat the new 250 liter cylinder now located in the loft close to the collectors outside, with the airing cupboard which housed the foam copper cylinder with a clothes dryer.

On March the 14th 2018, the gas boiler started to leak from the cast iron heat exchanger, an 18 yr life, with minimum servicing and 30% less use due to the greater use of solar thermal.

This is one of 3 video's I have uploaded to YouTube, to explain how my heat pipe evacuated tube collectors heating the water direct into a open vented thermal store (multi fuel hot water tank) can support home heating during peak day time hours at the same time as deliver hot water at mains pressure. Without an open vented Thermal Store, it’s not possible to use solar heated water to reduce your home heating energy bills at the lowest cost of materials and 80% less servicing costs over the 20-25 yr expected life of the system.

Only evacuated tube heat pipe collectors will suite, due to the 30% higher efficiency compared to flat plate.

My home thermal store is located in the loft space, has a 250 liter water capacity heated direct by a gas boiler (for limited periods, depending on the weather), the 44 tube solar thermal collector array and my 3rd back up if the boiler fails is a ducted heat pump.

The thermal store is a buffer tank with the same water in the collector manifold, as in the gas boiler, heat pump and radiators.

This water is none potable, as the potable water is now provided indirect through external heat exchangers or coils inside the thermal store. From late October to the start of May, my gas boiler is programmed (Hot Water) to switch on at 7am and switch off at 8.30am, then switches on again at 4.30, and off at 9pm in order to bring the house temperature to the temperature set in the room thermostat.

On the central heating side of the programmer, I preset this for the circulating pump to run most of the day, so the bottom and middle area of the stores water is circulated through the radiators.The circulating of the thermal store water across the radiators maintains the house temperature even on overcast cloudy days between 19-21c, subject to the level of insulation in walls, floors and loft space and double glazing. (Is also ideal for use in underfloor heating) In short, the lower the temperature in the thermal store (34c) that loses the heat through the steel radiators, the greater the kWh gained from the solar collectors. Its a fact, the higher the temperature stored in a cylinder, the longer it takes to raise another 1c

The lowest input from solar heated water is always December/January, due to the shortest days of the year. Once you are into late February, the day is longer, long sunlight hours and less overcast skies increases the heat going into the home. Most families by 8.30-9am will have gone to work and kids to school, with the house going cold unless you are retired and have the heating on all day.Even today in the UK, 4 million people are seen as in fuel poverty. Every new house built, ignores solar thermal.

Evacuated tube collectors do not recognize how cold it is outside, unlike flat plate collectors. All the evacuated tubes want to see, is the blue, blue clear skies for the maximum heat output, even if its -20c outside.

Full details with schematics, pictures and data collected over the 2018 (Beast from East) winter weather, will be uploaded soon

If you are seeking to refurbish your current hot water and heating system, or you are building your own home, do not waste your time looking for a UK government subsidy through the RHI, as the department overseeing this programme do not reconise any benefits from solar thermal for home heating support.  Solar thermal is an off grid technology and cannot be metered for tax purposes  Around 60% of all energy use in the UK is for heat and hot water, 27% for electricity, with the balance used in transport.

What I have proven since I purchased this new house in 1999, after 5yrs of business and living experience in Cyprus (covering plumbing/solar sales, installations and servicing many failed solar collector/system I was called out to repair, was to put all this knowledge into practice back in the UK.

Any country with over 6 months of sunshine and hot weather can easily provide a tank of water heated by solar thermal to provide hot water for washing from as little as £250.00. But to benefit from solar thermal for home and small businesses to reduce space heating costs was the challenge at that time.

I am now sharing all my experience and knowledge with any body who contacts me in the UK or Europe, for a small fee.

On December the 13th during PM question time in Westminster, Ms Teresa May pointed out to Mr Corbin, that 216,000 new homes had been built in 2016/17. The picture above demonstrates what is missing on every roof top to help reduce this countries gas/oil imports.

Instead, every new house/apartment built is fitted with a gas/oil boiler, a few with heat pumps or an all electric hot water heating system. All the false Chimney stacks of this 180 house/apartment development are made of plastic for looks, while the hundreds of m2 of slated roof, absorbing tax free energy from sunlight with no benefits to the owners who paid upwards of £300, 000 in 2015/16.

In March 2018, due to the worst weather since 1982, there was a threat of reduced gas supplies, while those off the national gas grid, using liquid LPG gas, have been without new supplies for the past 3 weeks (17/03/2018)


Multi Function AC/DC Power Storage Device

After 2 years of buying samples direct from manufactures I have visited in China, This is the one that attracts me most, which provides both AC at 240 volts as well as DC for charging up USB socket devices, like mobiles, digital camera and I pads.

Full details and specifications, can be found in the Download PDF link below

Updated AC DC portable power station 2019.pdf
Below are three of the Power Banks I purchased for testing, as I do with any products sourced from quality Chinese manufactures.
The first one from the left hand side, provided DC battery power only, with a choice of adaptors to suite your lap top, but after a year, the connecting pins did not provide the power to run the lap top. I contacted the manufacture, who replied back saying the 1yr warenty was no longer valid since i purchased it. I found another manufacture who produce the same pin connectors and this allowed me to run the lap top from the DC device as well as charge up to 4 mobiles.

The far right picture is a similer power bank, but modified to be charged from solar at 20 volts
The latest power bank I sourced with a smaller model in 2017, provided everything you would need for a AC/DC portable back up to mains AC 24 volt power as well as DC USB ports. But during an exhibition where I wanted to show many AC devices with a UK plug attached, I found it not always easy to connect the plug into the built in Euro socket inverter.

A very powerfull AC/DC power bank, and has also been modified to except charging from a solar panel of 12 volts. I would always use a external adaptor to connect AC devices like a table light with a LED bulb or several. The weight is 1.6kg