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Collector (Solar Thermal)

A device, also called a ‘panel’, which collects the sun’s energy and converts it into a more usable form.

Typically, a system circulating fluid (water or antifreeze) transfers the heat from the collector to the domestic hot water cylinder (often referred to as a tank).

The two main types of collector are ‘flat plate’ and ‘evacuated tube’. The latter system performs particularly well in colder climates: the vacuum within the tube limits the loss of heat (which, without a vacuum, would occur through convection and conduction) to the surrounding environment, allowing it to reach higher temperatures.

More information can be found here: LaZer2 Solar Thermal Collectors



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Other Associated glossary terms : Equipment

Heat exchanger
The heat exchanger is normally inside the hot water cylinder. It transfers heat in the solar circuit (which has been water warmed by the sun) to the water inside the hot water cylinder/ tank.

Collector (Solar Thermal)
A device, also called a ‘panel’, which collects the sun’s energy and converts it into a more usable form.

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