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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
NEW FROM 2019
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