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Solar thermal collectors on the floor and on the wall

The sensors can be placed on the ground, on a terrace or on a facade. The floor layout allows to choose without exposure exposure and location of the sensor (out of shadows). The distance between the sensor and the hot water tank must be as short as possible to reduce heat loss.

Necessary material

  • Copper tubes
  • Wrench
  • Plumber's equipment (for beaten collars)
  • Electrical canalization (probe)
  • Mason material (sealing)
  • Scaffolding

Steps

  1. Connections
  2. Fixation

Connections

The hot water outlet is connected to a bent copper tube

The hot water outlet is connected to a bent copper tube

1. The hot water outlet of the sensor (actually out of the hot heat transfer fluid) is from the top; it is connected to a bent copper tube, which must be connected to the pipe leading to the water heater. The pipes must be buried between the sensor and the house, respecting the routing standards: depth of at least 60 cm, protection by grilling.

Pipelines and control probe

Pipelines and control probe

2. Heat the copper pipes. Between the two copper pipes (separated by at least 20 cm) is that of the control probe, connected to the outlet pipe of the sensor.

A connection hose will connect the series fixtures

A connection hose will connect the series fixtures

3. Install a connection hose for series-connected sensors, as here. Then connect the outlet tubing to the unit.

Installation of an automatic degasser trap

Installation of an automatic degasser trap

4. This element has an automatic degassing trap.

Connection of the pipes

Connection of the pipes

5. The copper pipes are connected to the outlet and inlet of the heat transfer fluid.

Fixation

The inclination of the sensors is ensured by galvanized steel supports

The inclination of the sensors is ensured by galvanized steel supports

6. The sensors are based on galvanized steel supports that give them an inclination of 45°. The sensors can be placed horizontally or vertically. It is necessary to weight, or to anchor the supports by sealing.

Fixing the sensor

Fixing the sensor

7. Fixing the sensor on a vertical wall (wall or facade). Note the mounting of the copper pipes.

The support must be very securely sealed

The support must be very securely sealed

8. Seal the support very securely in the wall so that it can support the weight of the unit and withstand the pull of the winds.

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