Homeowners are often faced with the problem of the ideal location for mounting their solar collectors. Car ports are being considered s an option more frequently, as they offer a visually appealing roof integration, and keep the main roof free. Furthermore, the car port solar system has two uses: the roofed garage solution provides ideal covering for vehicles and offers the house long-term environmentally-friendly generation of energy for domestic hot water and space heating.
The old age home “Le Home Franchimontois CPAS Theux” has been relying on the car port for cost-effective hot water for 55 rooms since 2010.
A solar system with a surface area of 54 m² next to the old age home in Theux in Belgium provides the hot water for showers and baths for approximately 60 people. The TiSUN on-roof collectors cover around 60 percent of the domestic hot water requirement of the occupants. The daily domestic hot water demand of
the home is approximately 1500 litres. The thermal storage of the system comprises a stratified Pro-Clean cylinder of 1000 litres and two 1000 litre buffer cylinders.
“The TiSUN solar system installed as part of an extension to the old age home” explains Sanutal, TiSUN’s partner in Belgium, who supervised the implementation of the project. “When installing a solar system on a building, the lifecycle of the roof must be taken into account, as well as future refurbishment that may be
required. In that sense the car port offers distinct advantages as it seldom needs refurbishment.” The collectors for car ports are generally custom built according to the size required. “For the car pot in Theux TiSUN FA 3/6 collectors were installed. These 18 m² collectors have the unique advantage of being manufactured in a single unit, thereby collecting more solar energy that is used as heat.
The integration of TiSUN collectors into a carport introduces and interesting alternative to roof-mounting on house roofs in all climatic zones. Due to the rugged construction, TiSUN collectors can withstand a snow laod of 300 kg/m². Wim Persoons of Sanutal adds: “Solar Carports double the advantage of solar: they
offer shade where it is required, and heating in the building.”
TiSUN has been developing, producing and selling complete systems for the utilisation of solar heating energy for over two decades. The solar systems provide 100% independent, infinitely available, free solar energy for backup heating, water heating, process heat and cooling. Known as Europe's solar heating
specialist, TiSUN has an export quota of 83%. The company employs a workforce of 120 at the main location in Tyrol/Austria and 90 sales personnel in Europe. TiSUN products are available in 48 markets in the EU27 and candidate countries, Switzerland, the former CIS states, the USA, MENA and India. All serially produced solar collectors feature multiple certifications. In addition to the Solar Keymark, which is valid across Europe, and the Austria Solar Seal of Quality, quality certifications from five other countries confirm the high standard of the products. The ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management Test Certificate verifies that both product and service quality levels are especially high. Since 2010, the company has also been certified under the international environmental management standard ISO 14001.
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News published on 30 / 10 / 2012 by Bharat Vasandani