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Solar Thermal

What is a Thermal Solar Heating System?

A thermal solar heating system uses heat from the sun to provide hot water to a property. Thermal solar panels are installed, usually on the roof, and these collect the heat. The energy this produces is then used to heat water stored in a water cylinder. Once heated, the water is used to provide hot water around a property in much the same way as a standard boiler.

Solar Thermal Heating Panels

Solar thermal heating panels are known as collectors and there are two main types used for household hot water systems; flat plate collectors and evacuated tubes.

Definition of "Solar Thermal"

Solar thermal energy (STE) is a form of energy and a technology for harnessing solar energy to generate thermal energy or electrical energy for use in industry, and in the residential and commercial sectors. The first installation of solar thermal energy equipment occurred in the Sahara Desert approximately in 1910 when a steam engine was run on steam produced by sunlight. Because liquid fuel engines were developed and found more convenient, the Sahara project was abandoned, only to be revisited several decades later.[citation needed]

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