Thermodynamics – The Basics
In Ireland, we can’t rely on the sun shining, even in the Summer, look at this year for example. In Winter, we are lucky to get 3 to 4 hours of sunlight in which to charge our panels, regardless of whether they are the tubes or flat plate panels.

This is the downside to owning traditional solar panels in Ireland. However, there is now a solution…

Energie THERMODYNAMIC solar panels now make it possible to have hot water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, day or night, rain or shine.

In its most basic form, the system works as follows :
1. An enviromentally friendly refrigerant / liquid passes through an 2m wide by 0.8 high solar panel at a temperature of -20ºC.
2. The refrigerant begins to rise in temperature, (to between 10ºC and 60ºC) as it begins to absorb the heat from the atmosphere around the panel.
3. The hot refrigerant now passes back through the compressor attached to the cylinder, where its temperature is increased further.
4. Finally, the very hot refrigerant passes through the heat exchanger / coil in the cylinder raising the tempertaure of the water in the cylinder to around 55ºC.

The efficiency of the THERMODYNAMIC system relys on a difference between the outside air temperature and the refrigerant to generate hot water. That’s why the THERMODYNAMIC system works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, day or night, rain or shine : even in Ireland.

Thermopanel

Solar Tubes/Panels

South, East or West

Ideally South Facing only

Does not Freeze

May be prone to Freezing/Bursting

Normally maintenance free

Maintenance, on average, every two years

Works at night

Only works by day

Works 365 days a year

Mainly 6 months of the year

Lightweight Panel  8kg

Can weight 30-40kg each

Normally used as a standalone system

Requires an additional heat source

100% of your hot water

50% to 60% of your hot water

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Solar Thermal Vacuum Tube Systems by Thermomax

Solar thermal technology transforms direct and diffuse solar radiation into useful heat sing a solar collector, which should face as closely as possible to the south at an angle perpendicular to the sun.

Each Thermomax collector consists of a highly insulated manifold and a row of tubes.
The vacuum inside each tube provides perfect insulation, protecting the system from outside influences, such as cold and windy weather or high humidity.
This vacuum insulation also ensures that the energy collected from the sun is very efficiently and effectively transferred into usable heat as there is minimal heat loss.

High Performance Vacuum Tubes

Thermomax solar thermal tubes maintain a superior vacuum over a longer period of time through:
High quality glass – unique properties give good transmissibilty with low reflection losses and increased durability
Superior vacuum – by creating a superior vacuum within the tube, thermal losses caused by conduction and convection are eliminated.
Glass to metal seal – unique fusing process for durability.

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