Solar thermal panels / Guides

Where to place solar panels
Renewable energy

Where to place solar panels

...solar panel is necessary when not using a solar tracker. Trackers are not practical for thermal panels due to the weight but are used for PV panels. Solar trackers follow the sun’s path across the sky and can track the daily changes in incidence. A general rule for capturing direct solar energy when not using a track...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...solar-thermal panels that can be used for water heating and space heating. A thermal solar collector in a warm climate can have water running through its panels, but in cold climates we use glycol to prevent panels from freezing. Evacuated tube solar collector diagram Are solar thermal collectors efficient? ...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...solar thermal heat collection . Purchase: You can purchase individual solar components separately, but buying a pre-engineered solar thermal package can make more sense than buying items ‘a la carte’. Viessmann offers two options for pre-engineered solar thermal packages - the Vitosol DHW Solar Pack, or alternative...

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...solar trackers & fixed solar panel mounts All about solar panels - the different options & how they work Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor T esla solar panels - special offers announced Tesla Solar Roof might be Worth It with New V3 Solar Thermal Collectors - direct "free" heat...

Solar Radiant Heated Floor Slab Kit
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Solar heated radiant floor with radiant heated hot water for a site with problem soil - expansive clay

...solar-heated air into the thermal battery which is the concrete slab floor. Passive Solar air-heated radiant floor slab on grade forming kit © Ecohome Solar air heating panels are a growing trend in green building online , with one notable shortfall – the heat that is generated is difficult to store or control....

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

...solar panel mounts All about solar panels - the different options & how they work Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor T esla solar panels - special offers announced Tesla Solar Roof might be Worth It with New V3 Tesla Solar Roof Costs & Competitors Reviewed Solar Thermal Co...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...panels or batteries and nothing to break down. It's just about design, and it isn't a new concept. Humans around the globe have been incorporating passive solar design features into their homes for thousands of years . Active solar refers to any system of solar panels whether it be photovoltaic power generation, or t...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...solar thermal panels. Even this type of system is not new, the first house in the United States with an active solar heating system was built In 1939 on the MIT campus (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and sat on top of a huge water reservoir that was heated by thermal solar panels. MIT Solar House thermal...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...solar panels work on cloudy days as well, but less effectively. Government incentives are sometimes available, but that seems prone to change with little notice. Investigate that before you make any decisions. Cons: PV panels cost more than solar thermal panels, grants and incentives can provide some ...

Hydronic heating system
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Hydronic heating

...thermal solar in the future. Solar water heating is much less expensive than solar power generation (photovoltaic) . New homes can be made 'solar ready' which is very inexpensive, adds value for resale, and is worth LEED points. It is a simple matter of running a normal 4 inch plumbing pipe from your attic to your ut...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The Kenogami House: Energy systems in Net Zero Energy Home Design

...Thermal solar systems do not lend themselves well to solar trackers (panels that follow the sun to maximize efficiency) which is not uncommon to see with PV solar systems. On average, a photovoltaic system has a much longer service life than a solar thermal system. For a solar thermal system, the less the temperatu...