The Technology

Solar thermal hot water systems offer a simple and affordable solution for a wide variety of new build and retro fit applications. Often chosen for their hard wearing and performance benefits, modern solar thermal technology can deliver significant hot water results even in the often dull UK climate, which means even on a cloudy day, solar gain can still be made.

Our technology provides solar thermal solutions in both flate plate or evacuated tube format collectors.

The flate plate technology is available in on-roof panel format, the TS8000, and in-roof format, the TS8001. Both models are manufactured on dedicated robotic lines and feature aluminium absorbers with selective surface coating for optimum heat collection and therefore efficiency.

Flat plate collectors
TS8000 & TS8001

The lightweight flat plate collector is manufactured on its own robotic line.

The number of individual components has been kept to a minimum for this product concept. A specifically developed glue is the only joining technique used at the flat plate collector.

The collectors come with an aluminium absorber. Equipped with a modular mounting system, the collectors can be used for both flat-roof and roof-mounted installations.

Evacuated tube collectors
TS15, 20 & 30

The collector manifold is manufactured from copper and conducts heat transferred by heat pipe technology to the heat transfer fluid, which is pumped through the manifold and to the thermal store.

This process is repeated whenever the collector temperature is more than eight degrees hotter than the thermal store until the desired temperature is achieved.

The collector manifold is designed to manage high pressure and large water consumption systems, making the Ideal evacuated tube a good all round collector.

Roof types and installation

A range of mounting systems from Ideal ensure the collectors can be installed in the most appropriate manner for the property you are working with.

Our solar packs come complete with all the necessary mountings needed for a pitched on-roof installation.

For neater (often new build) installations, an in-roof (inset) mounting kit can be used to achieve a subtle and stylish look. For flat roof installations, a simple A-frame kit is available, providing a quick installation with the minimum of fuss.

Solar Photovoltaic

The Technology

Solar Photovoltaic panels, or Solar PV panels, are a technology in which daylight is converted into electricity which is then used to power homes and businesses. PV uses energy from the sun to create electricity that will operate electrical appliances and lighting.

The system allows for excess electricity generated to be sold back to the electricity grid or stored in batteries for off the grid areas. Solar PV panels work well in both urban and rural areas. They are also capable of generating electricity on cloudy days as they only need daylight to work, not necessarily sunlight.

Solar PV reduces usage of fossil fuels and housing carbon emissions. The panels produce green energy that will significantly reduce the cost of energy bills and provides independence from energy providers.

The use of photovoltaic can generate revenue as power that is generated and not used can be sold back to the electricity grid through the UK Feed in Tariff.

PV solar system

  • A solar photovoltaic panel is made up of a number of cells wired together (PV module) which convert energy gathered from sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity.
  • A PV cell consists of two thin layers of semi-conducting materials (generally silicon). When sunlight shines on the PV cell it knocks electrons from the orbits of the semi-conductor in sufficient numbers to generate direct current electricity.
  • With the aid of an Inverter, direct current electricity is converted into alternating current (AC) power. Alternating current is the type of electricity required to run electrical appliances in the home.

On and off the grid solar photovoltaic solutions

On the grid solar PV systems are the most common type of installation. In the case of on the grid installations the electricity produced during the day is used by the property with the excess being sold back to the utility provider. At night, electricity is supplied via the normal utility grid system.
Main components:

  • PV Array (several PV modules)
  • Mounting system
  • DC isolator and cabling
  • AC isolator and cabling
  • AC/DC Inverter
  • Meter

We are also able to cater for off-grid installations if required.

Photovoltaic collectors and accessories

PV collector 200 and 205 Wp

These photovoltaic modules are first class and surpass all the quality standards in European markets. The high efficiency multicrystalline solar modules on a six inch wafer base are manufactured exclusively using the very latest equipment. Innovative testing ensures exact technical performance data for each individual module.

The solar modules with power of 200 and 205 Wp are delivered with aluminum frames and junctions. A Tyco junction box is fixed as standard. Only top-quality solar modules leave the production line. These solar modules, designed for high output of power and profit, are mainly used in systems coupled with on grid systems.

Photovoltaic accessories

AC/DC Inverter
Grid tied and off the Grid options

An AC/DC inverter converts direct current (DC) electricity into alternating current (AC) grid compliant power. The inverter is available in various outputs and is a very flexible option which can be installed indoor and outdoors.

AC/DC Isolators

AC and DC isolators are available to suit all system sizes. The isolators we supply have an IP66/67 rating which means it's one of the safest devices on the market. The isolators are supplied in insulated enclosures with the operational currents ranging from 16 to 64 amps and voltages ranging from 450 to 800.

Solar PV Meter

We can supply both single phase and three phase k/w input meters.

These basic monitoring systems show the amount of electricity consumed and exported to the grid. The more advanced monitoring systems show consumption by unit and value and have wireless communication with up to 12 inverters via Bluetooth, audio alarm, USB port for which enable easy data transfer to laptops and computers.

These products are available to special order.


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