What are the components of a Solar Thermal system?
The major components of Solar Thermal systems are Collectors, a Solar Tank and Solar Pump Station. Our Solar Pump Station is known as the Freedom Won pump station.
What is the Freedom Won?
The Freedom Won Solar Pump Station is a solar thermal pump and control system that utilizes a PV panel to power a DC pump. This pump station is a patented Simple Solar technology that is fully assembled in our shops. The closed solar loop includes a heat dissipater controlled by a thermostatic valve that ensures the solar fluid does not exceed the safe maximum temperature. The Freedom Won solar pump station can be installed with all flat plate or evacuated tube collectors. With its low pressure and actively regulated temperature control it is suitable for PEX linesets. The solar provider saves equipment cost and installation time while the client benefits from an easily installed, reliable, automatic, cost effective and safe solar heater.
Can my system overheat in the summer months?
No. One of the features of the Freedom Won system is the automatic heat dissipator which prevents the system from overheating during increased generation in summer. The automatic heat dissipator ensures safe, consistent operation and long glycol life.
Will I need a certified electrician to install this system?
No. A lot of urban areas in Canada require PV systems to be installed by a certified electrician. Solar thermal systems can be installed by the homeowner itself and we will make sure you are equipped with the full installation manual to tackle your project. Whether it be to heat your domestic hot water, or for in-floor hydronic space heating, or heat your outdoor hot tub, we have specification sheets for all types of applications that the solar thermal system could be utilized for.
What are the maintenance costs of the system?
The maintenance costs are very low. We recommend a glycol change every 2-3 years. Other repairs would also be very minimal and could be expected every few years, however there are not any huge replacement costs.
Will my system shut off in a power outage?
Solar thermal systems work independent of the grid. While a grid connected PV system would shut off when the grid is down, solar thermal systems carry net zero resilience so you would continue to have heat!