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UK Solar Milestone Is Proof of Concept

Solar America Solutions has been an industry leader in solar thermal technology for years. Since our business was founded, we have been on the cutting edge of promoting solar thermal as the most cost-effective and energy-efficient way to produce space heat and hot water. To that end, we have developed our patented SunQuest 250® solar thermal collector panel, a highly efficient solar collector that requires just a small footprint yet delivers outstanding results.

Despite the great success we’ve had, we continue to face an uphill battle as we work with our partners within the industry to make solar thermal the dominant clean energy source for certain kinds of applications. The biggest challenge we face is not with the technology itself. It is convincing those who would benefit from solar thermal to make the move. It is with this understanding that we look at a recent milestone reached in the UK as proof of concept.

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Solar Out Performs Coal

The kinds of projects we work on at Solar America Solutions involve individual solar thermal installations for commercial space heating and hot water. These projects are small compared to much larger projects designed to completely replace fossil fuels for electricity generation. In the UK, for example, they’ve been using solar thermal as a coal replacement for quite some time. That’s where the recent milestone comes in.

News reports say that solar collector panels in the UK produced more electricity than coal for an entire day. Solar has outpaced coal during peak sunlight hours in the past, but it has never produced more energy over the course of a full 24-hour period. On April 9 (2016) solar generated 4% of the total consumed thermal energy while coal accounted for 3%. An even better performance was recorded on May 8: solar produced 6% while coal remained at 3%.

Reaching this incredible milestone in the UK is proof of concept. In fact, it is better than proof of concept. Solar technology has come a long way over the decades to now be at a point where it is a viable replacement for all sorts of traditional options.

The Strength of Solar Thermal

Among all solar technologies, we believe the strongest contender in the marketplace is solar thermal. The strength of solar thermal is found in two of its main properties, beginning with the fact that solar thermal is based on heat energy rather than converting sunlight into electrical current. In a solar thermal installation, ultraviolet energy from the sun is converted to heat and then transferred to a heat exchanger via a highly efficient thermal liquid. That heat can be used to do nearly anything we currently use steam fossil fuels to do.

Second is the highly efficient nature of solar thermal. Take our patented SunQuest 250® solar collector panel as an example. Because it is based on the proven evacuated tube concept, there is very little energy loss involved. Nearly all of the energy collected is transferred as heat in a constantly circulating thermal liquid that makes it readily available very quickly. Furthermore, because solar thermal collector panels like our’s utilize ultraviolet energy, the technology works flawlessly even on cloudy and the coldest of days.

The success of solar thermal for large-scale electricity generation has already been proven. We now have to convince individual property owners that small-scale installations are equally beneficial. At Solar America Solutions, we know that to be the case. Every installation we have deployed for our customers has proven itself by delivering on its promises without fail. Solar thermal is, without a doubt, the best and most cost-efficient clean energy source in the market.

Sources:

  • Greentech Media – http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/for-the-first-time-ever-uk-solar-generated-more-electricity-than-coal

Solar Thermal Investment Heading to China

A recent announcement by the Asian Development Bank further demonstrates the usefulness of solar thermal technology as an alternative to traditional energy sources. The bank announced they would be loaning the People’s Republic of China up to $150 million to build a solar thermal power plant in northwestern China.

Solar thermal technology takes energy from the sun’s rays and uses it to heat water or another thermal liquid. That water can then be used for any number of purposes, including space heat, hot water, and electrical generation. The planned project in China will be the largest of its kind, combining 50 MW of power production with a solar thermal storage system that will allow the plant to continue generating power at night.

Renewable Energy of the Future

It is exciting to see the developments in Asia, especially in light of the large-scale nature of the planned project. If solar thermal can be a profitable venture for massive concentrated power production, it is even more profitable for smaller-scale operations like those Solar America Solutions is involved with.

Solar America Solutions designs solar thermal solutions that provide both space heat and hot water for commercial applications. Our projects have proved beneficial for a number of applications, ranging from prison cellblocks to  college dormitories. Our customers enjoy significant savings with the installation of our highly efficient and state-of-the-art panels and the associated peripheral equipment.

 

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The main advantages of our solar thermal solutions are as follows:

  • Small Footprint – Our solar thermal collection panels are so powerful and efficient that you need fewer of them to get the results you are looking for. Just one panel can generate up to 30,000 BTUs per hour, yet requires a rooftop footprint measuring as little as 3′ x 7′.
  • Ultraviolet Energy – Our SunQuest 250 solar thermal panels do not need direct sunlight because they rely on the sun’s ultraviolet rays instead. That means our panels continue to pump out the BTUs even on cloudy and overcast days and even on the very coldest days. The same cannot be said for other types of solar collector panels.
  • Thermal Efficiency – We have designed our collection tubes to be as efficient as possible in order to maximize production while minimizing heat loss. Our evacuated tubes act like an insulated thermos to prevent nearly all heat loss during the thermal energy collection and transfer process.
  • Affordability – Solar thermal energy used for space heat and hot water saves our customers an average of 30% to 40% in annual energy costs. The savings, combined with federal and state tax credits, means most of our systems pay for themselves within 3 to 5 years.

Putting Solar Thermal to Work for You

Although we are confident just about every commercial property owner could somehow benefit from the use of solar thermal energy, we understand there will be some exceptions. Therefore, the first step in determining whether one of our systems is right for you or not is to contact us so we can help you evaluate your situation.

If we can help you save money on your annual energy bills by providing space heat and hot water, we will put together a customized system to achieve maximum savings. Bear in mind that our solar collector panels are both SRCC certified and ARRA “made in America” compliant.

Solar America Solutions might not be building large-scale power plants in China, but we do offer state-of-the-art solar thermal solutions that are helping our customers save money and reduce their carbon footprint. There is a strong possibility one of our systems can work for you too. Our current applications include the commercial, agricultural, government, hospitality, manufacturing, and education sectors.