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Solar Thermal Storage Tanks 02.28.2011

Todd Paternoster goes over selecting a solar thermal storage tank for your system.

Reducing fuel bills and increasing solar thermal output

Q: What is the best way to reduce my fuel bills by incorporating a solar thermal system? A:Reduction +Reduction = Reduction This should come at no surprise to any of our readers but the single best way to save money on energy bills is by reducing your consumption. It is surprising to me still, to find that at least 90% of homeowners that purchase a solar thermal system to reduce their energy bills have made no other provisions for energy reduction. By simply changing shower heads and turning set point temperature by 5 degrees, a homeowner can reduce their DHW […]

How can I simulate the performance of my solar thermal system?

Q: What is the best way to use a computer simulation model for my solar thermal system? A: There are many types of software that help determine the energy output of solar thermal systems. We use Polysun Simulation Software, professional version. With this software we can effectively design small to large hot water and heating systems with a high degree of accuracy. Contact your SunMaxx Solar representative for a Polysun analysis of your home for a solar hot water upgrade at 1-877-SUNMAXX.

Setting your solar thermal system differential temperature setpoint.

Q:What is the most appropriate differential temperature for my solar thermal system? A: The factory setting on our controllers is 12 Degrees. This will work fine but for northern climates it is better to have a delta T of 17 Degrees. This will allow the collector to heat up sufficiently so as to not turn the pump on and off early in the cold mornings. In warmer climates, say mid-latitude and below you can keep the factory setting at 12 deg F.

Keeping propylene glycol from freezing in my solar thermal system.

A: How do I prevent my glycol from freezing during those rare deep freeze nights? Q: Your glycol, although rated for very low temperatures may be un-pumpable at a temperature higher than you expect. This can cause you system to overheat when the sun comes out in the morning. To prevent this you can activate the antifreeze function in your SmartMaxx controller. This function will turn the pump on as soon as your sensor 1 reaches a pre determined temperature, say -5 degrees. This will run only for a few minutes and then turn off, thus keeping your glycol above […]

How do I determine the most appropriate solar thermal storage size?

Q: How to determine the best solar thermal storage size. A: Choosing your storage tank size is dependent on three things. 1- the number of ft2 of collector- for example we typically recommend any where from 1-3 gallons of storage per ft2 of collector,   2- the daily load profile (usage pattern) for example if most of your usage occurs in the early morning or in the evening, then you would not adjust your storage ratio. However, if your usage occurs more in the mid-day then you would reduce your storage ratio because you will be consuming that which you […]

Using Retscreen 02.22.2011

A video demonstrating how to use Retscreen for efficient system sizing and design.

Solar Thermal Piping 02/07/11

Using Heat Exchangers 01/03/11

SUNMAXX SOLAR HOT WATER SOLUTIONS USING HEAT EXCHANGERS Presented by: Todd Paternoster Date: 01/03/2011 Another edition of our SunMaxx Solar webinar series. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Todd Paternoster. I welcome you all around the country here. Surprisingly in Upstate, New York, we’re having a very good solar day. Our collectors as of right now are about 150 degrees. We’re dumping into our forced air furnace, so we’ve reached our set point. Our domestic hot water tank is already maxed out at 135. So it’s one of those rare beautiful solar days in not […]

NYSERDA Solar Thermal Incentives for New York State 12/16/2010

SUNMAXX SOLAR HOT WATER SOLUTIONS NYSERDA SOLAR THERMAL INCENTIVES FOR NEW YORK STATE Presented by: Todd Paternoster Date: 12/16/2010 Okay. Good morning. Charlie, I see you’re the only participant this morning at this webinar. So this is good for you. I can customize it a little bit. My name is Todd Paternoster. I don’t know that we’ve met, but I’m going to go over the NYSERDA PON 2149. This is an opportunity where we’re going to see about a 600% growth rate in the solar thermal market that is already funded. So can you confirm that you can hear me, […]

Maintenance and Troubleshooting 01/31/11

 

Programming SmartMaxx Controllers 11/15/2010

SUNMAXX SOLAR HOT WATER SOLUTIONS PROGRAMMING SMARTMAXX CONTROLLERS Presented by: Todd Paternoster Date: 11/15/2010 Okay. I’d like to welcome everyone to our Solar Programming SmartMaxx Controllers Webinar. My name is Todd Paternoster Director of Training for SunMaxx Solar. I’m going to take the next thirty minutes and cover in as much detail as I can domestic hot water and SmartMaxx controller programming. I’m going to try and answer all your questions. Please feel free to as always send me a question in the chat box. I usually do my best to answer them right away. Before I get into it […]

Mounting Strategies 11/22/2010

SUNMAXX SOLAR HOT WATER SOLUTIONS MOUNTING STRATEGIES Presented by: Todd Paternoster Date: 11/22/2010 Well, welcome everyone. Good afternoon, welcome to the SunMaxx Solar webinar series. My name is Todd Paternoster. I’m going to spend the next half an hour talking about various mounting strategies and hopefully some of the information is relevant to what you’re trying to accomplish. As always the chat window is open and I encourage you to send some questions my way and I’ll try my best to answer them as they appear. So, without further ado some of you may be familiar with our webinar series. […]

Fundamentals in Steamback Design 11/08/2010

SUNMAXX SOLAR HOT WATER SOLUTIONS FUNDAMENTALS IN STEAMBACK DESIGN Presented by: Todd Paternoster Date: 11/08/2010 Ok, Good Afternoon everybody. My name is Todd Paternoster, Director of Training for SunMaxx Solar. This is another one of our SunMaxx Solar webinar series. Today I’d like to talk about the fundamentals in steamback design. This is a relatively new concept for the most part in the U.S., although there are many installers that have been doing it for quite a while. It’s much more common and useful in European solar thermal systems. So, I want to touch base a little bit on some […]

Drainback Systems 10/18/2010

[iframe https://my.dimdim.com/view/reco/all/sunmaxx/default/ee08c153-a181-4823-900b-43734dba62f7 650 500] SUNMAXX SOLAR HOT WATER SOLUTIONS DRAINBACK SYSTEMS Presented by: Todd Paternoster Date: 10/18/2010 Good morning. Welcome to the next addition of our SunMaxx Solar hot water series webinar. Today I’d like to discuss drainback systems and how to optimize the performance for both flat plates and evacuated tubes. As always I welcome you to type any questions you have in the chat window. I can try to respond to those immediately. For those of you who are having trouble with audio just please refresh your screen. You might be able to eliminate any problems that you […]

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SunMaxx Solar Announces New Solar Thermal Logistics Center in Binghamton, NY

SunMaxx Solar announces their new logistics center located in the Binghamton, NY triple cities area near IBM’s original headquarters! The new logistics center will bring added savings and improved deliverer times to all customers located in the Northern states. In 2011, SunMaxx Solar will maintain larger inventory levels of all items based on feedback from our customers in 2010. Mr. Farrell, CEO of SunMaxx Solar and Mr. Mischensky, CEO of GEO-TEC Solar Industries will continue to develop their northeastern operations to improve logistics and customer support. The facility will be in full operation December 27th, 2010.

NYSERDA Anounces New York State Solar Thermal Incentive Program!

NYSERDA Announces New York State Solar Thermal Incentive Program! NYSERDA and the State of New York have just announced the PON 2149 “The First Solar Thermal Incentive Program in New York State”. The program is a 5 year, 25 million dollar solar thermal program with system incentives from 4,000 up to 25,000 dollars. NYSEIA and NYSERDA have been working extensively recently to discuss the incentives necessary to jump start the solar thermal market. The two organizations have also discussed several other important topics to increase solar thermal awareness in New York such as streamlining the paperwork process, alternative certifications to […]

Titan Power-Plus 2.4 by SunMaxx Solar is now Certified

December 9, 2010 SunMaxx Solar just received the new Solar Rating and OG-100 Certification for our Flat Plate Collector the TitanPower Plus SU2 2.4! The SunMaxx TitanPower Plus-SU2 2.4 is the most technologically advanced and efficient flat plate produced by SunMaxx to date. Its ultrasonic welded high-density copper absorber and TiNOX selective coating enable it to deliver an astounding 81% efficiency based on absorber area. This double harp style collector’s innovative mounting system also provides the versatility needed for residential, commercial, and drainback applications. SunMaxx Solar is an industry leader in the manufacturing and distribution of turnkey solar thermal solutions […]

OG-300 SunMaxx Solar Incentive Kit Outperforms the Competition

Thanks to an upgraded performance rating from the SRCC, purchasing a SunMaxx solar thermal hot water heating system just became more affordable for California state residents. The SunMaxx ButlerMaxx prepackaged solar hot water heating kit has long been an industry standard as a turnkey solution for heating hot water in residential applications. ButlerMaxx prepackaged kits utilize an innovative design which enables them to be adapted to virtually any pre-existing hot water heating system with a storage tank. Designed by Barry Butler, PhD, chair of the American Solar Energy Society’s Solar Thermal Division, the components of the system created a new […]

SunMaxx Solar Wins Contract for Solar Thermal Installation at Fort Hood, TX Military Base

SunMaxx Solar announced today the company will soon be starting a large solar thermal system installation in the United States at the Fort Hood military base in Texas. Located approximately 60 miles from the state capital of Austin, Fort Hood covers a total of 340-square miles and supports multiple units, a corps headquarters and a robust mobilization mission. The installation is tentatively scheduled to be completed by early spring 2011, and will include six solar thermal hot water heating systems to meet the domestic hot water needs of six different buildings on the base. The systems will incorporate a total […]

Beacon Housing Authority to Improve Energy Efficiency with SunMaxx Solar

Energy-efficient improvements are on tap for two Beacon Housing Authority (BHA) developments, thanks to federal stimulus funds totaling $735,000 provided from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through a competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ron Traudt, the housing authority’s executive director, said the money will be used for improvements in the Hamilton Fish Plaza and Forrestal Heights housing complexes. BHA manages 245 public housing apartments and provides Section 8 rental assistance to over 300 families living in their jurisdiction. “We are very proud of being able to make energy-saving improvements,” he said. Residents who […]

SunMaxx Solar CEO Adam Farrell to be Guest Judge at Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

November 12, 2010 As the premier global competition for undergraduate students, the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards inspire students to adopt entrepreneurial endeavors by bringing global visibility to student business owners who are innovative, profitable and socially responsible. As an Entrepreneurs’ Organization program, the GSEA operates as a global series of competitions for student entrepreneurs who are attending a recognized high school, college or university, own a for-profit business, are principally responsible for its operation and have been generating revenue for a minimum of six consecutive months. This year’s competition will take place on November 17-19 at the Ewing Marion Kauffman […]

New Jersey Institute of Technology Goes Green with SunMaxx Solar Domestic Hot Water System

November 5, 2010 Thanks to $1.6 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), installation of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies was recently completed at the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Oak Residence Hall. The project was approved by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and the U.S. Department of Energy as one of seven projects in the $20.6 million State Energy Program funded by ARRA. Upgrades to the building will reduce electrical energy use by an estimated 50 percent, and fossil fuel use by an estimated 40 percent. Among the technologies implemented […]

SunMaxx Solar CEO Adam Farrell to Present at 2010 Advanced Energy Conference

October 29, 2010 Government, business, and non-profit leaders will come together to discuss energy opportunities and challenges at the 2010 Advanced Energy Conference. The conference will take place at the New York Hilton in New York, NY, November 8-9. Featured speakers will discuss the continuing evolution of the new energy landscape, bringing their unique insights to a broad range of energy issues that impact the economy, job market, environment, and homeland security. Adam Farrell, CEO of SunMaxx Solar, will be among the featured speakers at the conference. His topic of discussion, “Commercial Solar Thermal System Design & System Optimization”, will […]

SunMaxx Solar Wins Contract for Solar Thermal Installation at Los Angeles AFB

SunMaxx Solar announced today the company will soon be starting a large solar thermal system installation in the United States at the Los Angeles Air Force Base in Los Angeles, California. Scheduled to be completed by the middle of 2011, the installation will be for a domestic hot water and space heating system, and will be comprised of 96 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP30 evacuated tube solar collectors. The total collector square footage amounts to over 5,300 square feet. The system will be installed by 411 Greenwave, a San Diego, California-based authorized SunMaxx solar thermal systems installer. For more information about 411 Greenwave, […]

HONDA iDream Student Challenge Winner Designs Electric Car

Honda recently announced the winners of the first iDream Student Challenge at the 2010 Honda Initiation Grant (HIG) Technical Horizon Symposium in Columbus, Ohio. With a focus on technologies that advance the quality of human life, the iDream Student Challenge is a scholarship program designed to inspire new thinking to everyday challenges and foster a spirit of innovation among the leaders of tomorrow. This year’s competition included 19 teams of Ohio State University science and engineering students, whose projects offered creative engineering solutions and innovative technologies in one of three categories: Electronics, Mobility, and Materials. A total of $60,000 in […]

SunMaxx Solar bids on solar job at White House

Ithaca, NY – Friday October 8, 2010 SunMaxx Solar is pleased to announce that they are bidding on a solar collector project at the White House in Washington D.C. The installation in scheduled for spring 2011. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said of the announcement, “This project reflects President Obama’s strong commitment to U.S. leadership in solar energy and the jobs it will create here at home. Deploying solar energy technologies across the country will help America lead the global economy for years to come.” SunMaxx could not be happier with the decision to implement solar technology at the White […]

Utah ASES Solar Tour SunMaxx Solar Thermal Education

SunMaxx Solar Brings Solar Education to Utah Solar Tour American Forks, UT – September 23, 2010 Over 400 students were in attendance at the Utah Solar Tour 2010. The event, sponsored by the Utah Solar Energy Association (UtSEA) was highlighted by the opening of the new Solar Educational Park. The park was created by TRA-Mage, Inc., a manufacturer of roof-mounting systems for solar panels. The students learned how the sun can turn on electric lights, heat a shower and purify water. This is the first year that UtSEA has offered tours for K-12 students, said executive director Levi Belnap. “We […]

SunMaxx at Solar Power International in Los Angeles October 12-14

Solar Power International (SPI), previously called Solar Power Conference and Expo, was created in 2004 when the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) joined together in partnership to fill an obvious void: North America was missing a business-to-business solar conference and expo. With an industry growth rate of more than 40% per year, there was a need for a single event where industry could come together with potential customers, policymakers, investors, and other parties necessary for continued rapid growth. It didn’t take long for the event to establish itself as the premiere solar event […]

SunMaxx Solar attends Utah solar tour and solar park opening ceremony

Utah Solar Tour 2010 The Utah Solar Energy Association (UtSEA), in partnership with TRA-Mage, Inc., is proud to announce the Utah Solar Tour 2010. This event is an open invitation to students, members of the media and state government officials to the new Solar Educational Park. Currently finalizing construction in American Fork, Utah, this park is designed to inform the public about the latest practical applications in solar technology, including solar tracking, solar racking and solar mounting systems. UtSEA and TRA-Mage, Inc. share a common vision of increased education and adoption in Utah and the Utah Solar Tour 2010 is […]

Featured in Sun and Wind Energy Magazine – SunMaxx Solar and GEO-Tec Solar Industries Announce Partnership

SUN & WIND ENERGY has been published since 2003 and provides profound world news, comprehensive market surveys and exclusive company profiles, all within the fields of solar thermal, photovoltaics, wind energy and biomass. Since 2009 SUN & WIND ENERGY has been published monthly with a circulation of 25,000 copies. This month (September, 2010) an article discussing the alliance between SunMaxx Solar and Geo-Tec can be found in SUN & WIND ENERGY magazine. The brief write up discusses the terms of the partnership, the CEO’s of each company (Picture inset) and information on what this partnership means for both companies and […]

New York’s Solar Thermal Roadmap layed out with the help of SunMaxx CEO Adam Farrell

New York State and it’s future in solar has been well planned out for the year’s to come with the help of SunMaxx Solar CEO Adam Farrell. The plan has been devised to help push New York to be one of the leading states in the country as far as solar energy is concerned. The plan was proposed to greatly increase the amount of solar thermal technology in the state opening up possibly thousands of green jobs and creating as much as $2.6 Billion in revenue for the U.S. in a few short years. The article below, written by David Appleyard, […]

SunMaxx Awarded OG-100 Collector Certification

The US solar thermal marketplace is already reaping the benefits of the recently announced partnership between European solar thermal manufacturer GEO-TEC Solar Industries and North American solar innovator SunMaxx Solar. The SunMaxx TitanPower Plus-SU2 flat panel solar collector has received OG-100 certification. More notably, this collector achieved the highest OG-100 energy output rating for collectors using ethylene glycol as a transport medium. SunMaxx Solar now leads the industry with this new line of solar flat plate collectors. Product inventory is currently available for immediate delivery from our California, Colorado and New York warehouses.

MAGE SUNFIXINGS GmbH supplies new major US customer

Haimburg – 28 July 2010 MAGE SUNFIXINGS GmbH (www.sunfixings.com) has succeeded in acquiring SunMaxx (www.sunmaxx.com), a US supplier of solar hot water heaters, as a new major customer. During a company visit at MAGE SUNFIXINGS, both business partners, Adam Farrell, CEO of SunMaxx, and Marcus E. Müller, CEO of MAGE SUNFIXINGS, signed an agreement for a long-term cooperation. Against the backdrop of increasing globalisation in the area of renewable energies, both partners are hoping to bundle their sales competencies to develop the markets in the US. Contact: MAGE SUNFIXINGS GmbH Industriepark Ost 2-3 9111 Haimburg AUSTRIA press@sunfixings.com www.sunfixings.com MAGE GROUP […]

SunMaxx Solar and GEO-Tec Solar Industries Announce Partnership – Bringing together European and North American Solar Theremal Technology

San Francisco, CA USA (July 13, 2010) –North America’s solar thermal innovator, SunMaxx Solar, and one of Europe’s most experienced solar thermal manufacturers, GEO-TEC Solar Industries, announced their international partnership at Intersolar North America in San Francisco. The cooperation bridges SunMaxx Solar’s evacuated tube solar technology with GEO-TEC Solar Industries state of the art flat panel collector line. The comprehensive SunMaxx Solar product portfolio will be complemented by GEO-TEC Solar Industries leading European system components including storage tanks, controllers, mounting systems and prepackaged pump stations. Adam Farrell, SunMaxx Solar CEO, stated, “Our customers and dealers will benefit the most from […]

SunMaxx Launches new PV Product line

SunMaxx Solar Launches New Photovoltaic Product Line, Pre-packaged kits Ithaca, NY (June, 24th 2010) — SunMaxx Solar, manufacturer and distributor of the world’s best-selling and best-performing solar thermal products, is launching their GridMaxx Photovoltaic (PV) product line including SMA inverters and pre-packaged kits designed to simplify installation and the sales process for their certified dealers July 1st. According to SunMaxx Solar CEO, Adam Farrell, the PV product line is just “one of many exciting announcements this year. SunMaxx has some big things on the way.” With incredible guarantees and pre-packaged kits designed for ease of install “SunMaxx dealers will be […]

SunMaxx Solar Wins State Award for Best in Class 2010

A SunMaxx Solar Thermal System won Best In State for 2010 government solar projects. The New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA) announced this week that the SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP30 system (with a total of 1,440 evacuated solar tube collectors) installed at Wallkill Correctional Facility in Wallkill, NY, was the best in its class in design, impact and total reduction in fossil fuel use. The system will average 1.6 million BTU’s per day of free solar energy. The system was designed as a pilot project directive from Commissioner John C. Egan of the New York State Office of General Services (OGS). […]

SunMaxx Solar CEO Adam Farrell Breaks new Ground in Developing New York State Solar Thermal Incentives

As chair of the New York State Solar Thermal Road Map’s Private Sector Workgroup, SunMaxx Solar CEO Adam Farrell is making ground-breaking strides toward bringing revolutionary incentives to New York’s emerging solar thermal industry. The work group, whose goal is to spur investment in solar thermal installations, is preparing to announce an innovative incentive package that will drive millions of dollars in investment in solar thermal systems around the state. Backed by SunMaxx Solar’s extensive experience manufacturing and installing solar thermal systems in addition to that of other private industry specialists, Mr. Farrell brings a vital perspective to the work […]

Solar Training Chicago: SunMaxx Solar Hot Water/ Solar Thermal Installer Training Offered in Chicago

SunMaxx Solar‘s Chicago Solar Thermal Training Course on March 31, 2010. The Chicago Solar Training Course is designed for anyone in the Chicago area interested in the solar thermal market, solar thermal installations, and solar hot water and solar space heating applications. It is well suited for contractors looking to enter the industry as well as experienced solar PV and solar thermal installers. All Chicago Solar Thermal Training Course attendees will be eligible to become certified SunMaxx Solar Thermal Dealer-Installers. If you’re a plumbing, heating, or HVAC contractor and you haven’t heard of solar thermal, you need to come to […]

A new training workshop is coming soon!

A new training program is under development and is expected to be offered in January 2010. The Sales Training workshop will help dealers and distributors be more effective in finding clients and closing their sales. This one day workshop will cover topics such as setting-up a successful business, the sales process and procedures, and helpful product pitches. We are confident this will help all of our dealers and distributors to be more successful!

Sunmaxx acquires CSA Certifications on the 10, 20, 25 and 30 models!

Sunmaxx10, 20, 25 and 30 collectors are now eligible for incentives under the ecoENERGY for renewable heat program in Canada.

Solar Power International 09!

SunMaxx Solar was very well represented at the Solar Power Expo this October in Anaheim California. SunMaxx took advantage of this 30,000 plus crowd with a very professional and attractive booth showcasing the SunMaxx products and services.

Silicon Solar’s Todd Paternoster Speaks To Sidney Elementary Students About Renewable Energy

Todd Paternoster, Solar Thermal Training Manager at Silicon Solar Inc, was invited to the 5th grade students at Sidney Elementary School, where they had just started a new unit on renewable energy and ecological conservation. Mr. Paternoster has been traveling the United States, training solar installers as part of Silicon Solar’s solar thermal training and solar classes program.

Silicon Solar Selected To Represent North America At InterSolar 2009

InterSolar 2009 will feature a solar tour of a number of the leading solar energy systems across Germany before the actual InterSolar Solar Expo, held from May 27-29 2009. Silicon Solar Inc was selected as one of 5 solar thermal companies to represent the United States and Canada during the solar tour and the solar expo at InterSolar 2009. There were hundreds of applicant companies for the five North American representative spots, and Silicon Solar was chosen because of the tremendous success and popularity of its SunMaxx Solar Hot Water products as well as its solar thermal training courses, which […]

Financing Solar Power Projects With Silicon Solar Financial

Silicon Solar recently launched a new solar finance company, Silicon Solar Financial which will assist SunMaxx Dealers and Installers, as well commercial solar power customers in financing solar projects and installations across the United States and around the world.

Silicon Solar Donates $17,000+ In Solar Collectors To Local YMCA

Silicon Solar Inc recently made a donation of ten SunMaxx-30 evacuated tube solar collectors to the Broome County YMCA in Binghamton, NY. The new solar hot water heating system is part of more than $1,000,000 that the YMCA has invested in energy efficiency upgrades.

SRCC Certification for all SunMaxx Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors

On December 15th, Silicon Solar Inc received verification that all models of SunMaxx evacuated tube solar collectors had completed SRCC testing and were granted certification. This exciting news offers peace of mind regarding the performance and efficiency of SunMaxx evacuated tube solar collectors, and makes all SunMaxx solar hot water and heating systems applicable for today’s federal, state and local solar thermal incentives.

Silicon Solar & Sidney High School Partnership

The recent partnership between Silicon Solar Inc, manufacturer of SunMaxx Solar Hot Water Systems and Sidney High School has attracted the attention of the New York Media. The Daily Star, Oneonta NY’s daily newspaper recently featured an article by Staff Writer Mark Boshnack, which outlined and applauded the partnership and its benefits to the students of Sidney High School and the education system across the United States.

Silicon Solar & SunMaxx Make Headlines at Local Business Fair

Silicon Solar Inc. and the SunMaxx Solar Hot Water Team made headlines at a local Business Expo held in Sidney, NY. The Silicon Solar Crew was featured in a local newspaper following the show, profiling the company’s involvement in educating local residents about the benefits of Solar Energy in the region and their dedication to helping Upstate New York regain much of its vitality through a greater presence in the renewable energy field. Each member of the company is a firm believer that the local community could benefit greatly from an increased reliance on renewable energy technologies, not on expensive […]

Sidney High School Partners With Silicon Solar Inc

Sidney High School, a small school in Upstate New York, was recently given a state-of-the-art SunMaxx Thermosyphon Solar Hot Water System. The Solar System, which incorporates a solar collector and an integrated solar hot water storage tank, is widely used for its economic and ecological benefits in countries around the world, but will be used for educational purposes at Sidney High School.

SRCC Certification for SunMaxx Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors

SunMaxx Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors recently completed their SRCC Testing & Certification Process. SRCC Testing & Certification have proven that SunMaxx Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors are the most efficient collectors available, and produce more BTU per day than the leading national competitors, all for hundreds of dollars less. And, SRCC Certification makes SunMaxx Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors applicable for all Federal and State Solar Incentives, Tax Credits and Rebates.

SunMaxx Solar works with Cornell University to Move Beyond Coal

SunMaxx Solar joined members of the Cornell Community to celebrate progress on the Cornell Climate Action Plan including a new Solar Hot Water System recently installed on the new Combined Heat and Power Plant. The team from SunMaxx Solar joined University President Skorton, state officials, environmental leaders and media at Cornell University on Friday, Jan. 15 to celebrate progress on Cornell’s Climate Action Plan (CAP). The new Combined Heat and Power Project utilizes a SunMaxx Evacuated Tube Solar Thermal system to heat the facility. These projects are part of Cornell University’s aggressive efforts towards moving beyond coal. A SunMaxx Evacuated […]

Facade Integrated Flat Plate Solar Thermal System

This facade integrated system utilizes the SunMaxx Titan Power Plus Panels to accomplish both space heat and hot water heating. By mounting the collectors at a higher angle such as 90 degrees, the summer time production is decreased but winter time production is increased.

50 Tube Residential Evacuated Tube Solar Thermal System

This 50 tube system uses SunMaxx Thermopower VHP to replace 85% of the hot water bills. The system is a closed loop glycol system and has been designed to supplement the space heat as well. The solar storage tank is also tied into the furnace through a hydronic fan coil. Fuel bills have dropped by $850 per year.

Commercial 600 Tube Evacuated Tube Solar Thermal System

This system uses 600 SunMaxx Thermopower VHP’s. Roughly 850,000 btu’s per day are transferred into a 1500 gallon storage tank and then transferred to point of use for one of five zones. This Combisystem is tied into radiant floor, forced hot-air, domestic hot water, swimming pool and a baseboard heating system

180 Tube ThermoPower-VHP Solar Thermal System Installation

This garage has 180 SunMaxx Thermopower VHP’s installed for a Combisystem. Most of the clients hot water demand is met year round and in the winter time, the heating bills have been cut by 40%. Any excess heat during the summer months is dumped into the swimming pool giving them a very comfortable pool all summer long.

SunMaxx Solar Installs Solar Thermal System at Cornell CCHP

SunMaxx Solar Installed a Solar Thermal System at Cornell University using 16 collectors, 480 Tubes, and SunMaxx Solar Evacuated Tubes. The combined heat and waste plant at Cornell Utilizes Evacuated tubes to produce domestic hot water as well as supplement space heating requirements across various buildings on campus.

SunMaxx Solar Hot Water Solar System Installed at Westin Resort, St. Marten

The Westin Hotel in St. Maarten , U.S. Virgin Islands is yet another example of the match made in heaven when the hospitality industry pursues solar hot water. This 45 Collector system is not at the forefront of the hotel and government incentives were not at the forefront of the investment decision. The pure economic benefit of commercial solar hot water systems was enough to justify the project in an area where the sun is cheap and conventional energy sources are expensive. The ThermoPower system generates 43% of the energy used by the hotel’s central laundry facility. The SunMaxx Solar […]

SunMaxx Solar Installs Solar Hot Water System at the Broome County YMCA

SunMaxx Solar in conjunction with Eastern Energy Solutions, installed a Solar Hot Water System at the Broome County YMCA in Binghamton , New York which included 10 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP30 evacuated tube collectors , 300 tubes and Evacuated Tubes as part of a solar thermal system designed to supplement the domestic hot water heating costs of the facility, allowing additional budget money to be used for service and facility upgrades. The system is large enough to provide 140 million BTUs of heat energy annually – enough to heat 218,000 gallons of water each year. The solar hot water heating system will […]

SunMaxx Solar Installs Solar Thermal System at Grand Hyatt Hotel

SunMaxx Solar installed a Solar Thermal System to The Grand Hyatt Hotel which provides heat & hot water, and a heated swimming pool to the facility. 60 Collectors, 1800 tubes and SunMaxx Solar Evacuated Tubes were used in the installation.

St. Regis Hotel Solar Thermal System Installation

In 2009 , SunMaxx Solar completed a Solar Installation at the St. Regis Hotel in Aspen , Colorado. The install which used 52 collectors and 1560 SunMaxx Solar Evacuated Tubes , provides a complete heat source to all areas of the hotel including the swimming pools , heat for the facility and hot water.

Wallkill Prison Solar Thermal System Installation

The SunMaxx Solar System, located at the Wallkill Correctional Facility (Ulster County) seeks to harness the power of the sun to meet the hot water needs of the 608-bed, medium security men’s prison.  The system includes 1440 evacuated tubes in 3 pods of 16 collectors arranged in 3 rows of 4 collectors. The system does not contain storage, an innovative design strategy that was implemented given the load profile of the facility. A glycol/water solution is circulated through the durable, closed-loop system, and is capable of preheating vast volumes of water used for showers, laundry, and kitchen facilities. On the […]

Father Gordon Installs Solar Thermal Thermosyphon System on His Home

Join us as we talk briefly with Father Gordon about his Thermosyphon System installed at his residential home. Video Transcript SunMaxx Solar testimonial with Father Gordon Todd: Hi this is Todd Paternoster with SunMaxx Solar, here in Sidney, New York, doing a little solar tour. We happened to run into our very own Father Gordon from the Sacred Heart Parish. Father Gordon was one of our early customers back then. A few years ago he installed a couple of thermal siphons. Father Gordon: Two years and a summer, yes. Todd: Very good. He installed a couple of thermal siphons. One’s […]

Dr. Benham and the Solar Thermal System on His Home

Join us as we talk with Dr. Stephen Benham and discuss the importance of his system. Video Transcript SunMaxx Testimonial with Dr. Stephen Benham Todd: Hi this is Todd Paternoster with SunMaxx Solar, continuing with our Sidney New York Solar Tour. This is one of the pioneers, Dr. Stephen Benham…one of the SunMaxx certified installers installed for him a 180-square foot solar thermal system tied into two tanks. He’s got a 275 (gallon) non-pressurized tank, and an 80-gallon pressurized tank. He’s got four collectors on the roof and two on the ground. Here’s Dr. Benham right now, so thanks for […]

George and the Solar Thermal System Install on His Apartment Building In Sidney NY

Join us as we talk with George Edwards in Sidney, NY to talk about the solar thermal system installed on his apartment building. George talks about installing the system himself and the support he received from SunMaxx Solar wall installing his solar thermal system. Video Transcript SunMaxx Testimonial with George Edwards Todd: Todd Paternoster with SunMaxx Solar, continuing the Sidney Solar Tour. We ran into another homeowner, George Edwards, who installed the system on his own. It was a pretty big undertaking for anybody, let alone someone who wasn’t necessarily a certified installer. I don’t know, I can’t think of […]

StorMaxx PTEC Solar Thermal Storage Tank Video

Watch as Todd goes over on of the most popular tanks in the solar thermal business, the StorMaxx PTec Tank. The PTec tanks are high quality tanks loaded with features such as two internal coil heat exchangers, a large cleaning flange, enamel lining and a thick foam jacket. Product Information & Downloads StorMaxx Tanks Product Page StorMaxx-Ptec Residential Solar Hot Water Tank Brochure StorMaxx-Ptec Residential Solar Hot Water Tank Data Sheet StorMaxx-DW Residential Solar Hot Water Tank Brochure StorMaxx-NP Non-pressurized Solar Hot Water Tank Brochure StorMaxx-NP Non-pressurized Solar Hot Water Tank Data Sheet Marathon Tanks Video Transcript StorMaxx PTEC Tanks […]

Solar Thermal Heat Exchanger Video Demonstration

Join us as Todd Paternoster goes over the many benefits of the XMaxx Heat Wand. The XMaxx heat wand allows most residential customers to use their existing domestic hot water tank as their solar thermal storage tank as well. With a few turns of a wrench, most users can install this into their existing tank in a matter of minutes and use it to pre-heat the tank in order to reduce the amount of energy the tank requires. Product Information & Downloads Heat Exchangers Product Page StorMaxx Tanks Product Page StorMaxx-Ptec Residential Solar Hot Water Tank Brochure StorMaxx-Ptec Residential Solar […]

Copper Coil Heat Exchanger for Solar Thermal Storage Tanks Video

Join us as Todd Paternoster goes over the copper coil heat exchangers used in non pressurized tanks. Product Information & Downloads StorMaxx Tanks Product Page StorMaxx-Ptec Residential Solar Hot Water Tank Brochure StorMaxx-Ptec Residential Solar Hot Water Tank Data Sheet StorMaxx-DW Residential Solar Hot Water Tank Brochure StorMaxx-NP Non-pressurized Solar Hot Water Tank Brochure StorMaxx-NP Non-pressurized Solar Hot Water Tank Data Sheet Marathon Tanks Video Transcript Copper Coil Heat Exchangers Hi, this is Todd Paternoster, SunMaxx Solar. I’d like to take a moment to talk about our indirect hot water coils. These coils can be modified for both the solar […]

TitanPower-AL2DH Flat Plate Solar Thermal Collector

Join us as Todd Paternoster demonstrates the TitanPower-AL2DH and the double harp design of this collector. Product Information & Downloads TitanPower Flat Plate Product Page Product Brochures TitanPowerPlus-SU2 TitanPower-AL2 TitanPower-AL2DH Installation SunMaxx TitanPower Plus-SU2: Flush Mount l Free Standing SunMaxx TitanPower-AL2: Flush Mount l Free Standing SunMaxx TitanPower-AL2DH: Flush Mount & Free Standing Certification SRCC SunMaxx TitanPower Plus-SU2 SRCC SunMaxx TitanPower-AL2 SRCC SunMaxx- TitanPower-AL2DH Video Transcript TitanPower-AL2DH Flat Plate Collector Hi, this is Todd Paternoster, with SunMaxx Solar. We have another product I’d like to bring to your attention. This is the double harp style collector. This is a flat plate obviously, with a nice […]

TitanPower-AL2 Flat Plate Solar Thermal Collector

Join us as Todd Paternoster and SunMaxx Solar go over some of the many benefits of the SunMaxx Solar TitanPower-AL2 solar thermal flat plate collector. TitanPower Flat Plate Product Page Product Brochures TitanPowerPlus-SU2 TitanPower-AL2 TitanPower-AL2DH Installation SunMaxx TitanPower Plus-SU2: Flush Mount l Free Standing SunMaxx TitanPower-AL2: Flush Mount l Free Standing SunMaxx TitanPower-AL2DH: Flush Mount & Free Standing Certification SRCC SunMaxx TitanPower Plus-SU2 SRCC SunMaxx TitanPower-AL2 SRCC SunMaxx- TitanPower-AL2DH

TitanPower Plus SU2 Flat Plate Solar Thermal Collector Overview Video

Join us as Todd Paternoster goes over the popular TitanPower Plus SU2 solar thermal collector. TitanPower Flat Plate Product Page Product Brochures TitanPowerPlus-SU2 TitanPower-AL2 TitanPower-AL2DH Installation SunMaxx TitanPower Plus-SU2: Flush Mount l Free Standing SunMaxx TitanPower-AL2: Flush Mount l Free Standing SunMaxx TitanPower-AL2DH: Flush Mount & Free Standing Certification SRCC SunMaxx TitanPower Plus-SU2 SRCC SunMaxx TitanPower-AL2 SRCC SunMaxx- TitanPower-AL2DH

Assembling ConnectMaxx Solar Thermal System Mounting Hardware

Join us as Todd Paternoster demonstrates the ConnectMaxx solar thermal mounting hardware. ConnectMaxx mounting hardware is extremely easy to assemble and offers the flexibility to adjust to fit your system with just a few turns of a wrench. ConnectMaxx Solar Mounting Hardware Product Page

Connecting FlowMaxx Solar Thermal System Line Set

In this video Jared, our product manager, explains the proper procedure for connecting two pieces of FlowMaxx pre insulated line set to further extend the range of your line set from your solar thermal tank to your ThermoPower evacuated tube solar collectors or TitanPower flat plate solar thermal collectors. Solar Line Set Product Page Product Brochures FlowMaxx Pre-Insulated Line Set FlowMaxx Pre-Insulated Line Set Data Sheet

Solar Thermal Filling Station Video Demonstration

Watch as Jessica Wimmer explains the key features and benefits of the SunMaxx Solar filling station. Titled as the secret weapon for SunMaxx Solar in the solar thermal market, the solar filling station is several tools and components combined into one and all packaged on a easy to maneuver cart! Solar Filling Station Product Page

The Effects Of Snow On Solar Thermal Collector Performance

Watch as Ed gives an excellent demonstration on how snow and winter climates affect the SunMaxx Solar ThermoPower hot water collectors! ThermoPower Evacuated Tube Product Page Product Brochures ThermoPower VHP Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors ThermoPower VDF Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors Project Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors Installation ThermoPower-VHP Heat Pipe Collectors ThermoPower-VDF U-Pipe Collectors Thermosyphon Installation Guide Certification SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP10 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP20 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP25 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP30 Keymark Certification Testing Data

Commercial Solar Thermal Installation With U-Pipe Evacuated Tubes

Join us as Todd Paternoster goes over the U-Pipe system installed on the Bainbridge, NY warehouse facility. This uniquely designed solar thermal u-pipe system is located at the same facility as the solar thermal training classes and workshops and is one of the many systems studied by those in attendance. TitanPower Evacuated Tube Collector Product Page Product Brochures ThermoPower VHP Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors ThermoPower VDF Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors Project Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors Installation ThermoPower-VHP Heat Pipe Collectors ThermoPower-VDF U-Pipe Collectors Thermosyphon Installation Guide Certification SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP10 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP20 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP25 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP30 Keymark Certification Testing Data

Solar Thermal Installation on Solar Hot Water Warehouse

Join us as Jared Wood takes on a tour of the recent installation at the SunMaxx Solar hot water warehouse in Sidney, NY. This multi-collector system was designed and primarily assembled by Jared Wood himself and he shows key components and design features. TitanPower Evacuated Tube Collector Product Page Product Brochures ThermoPower VHP Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors ThermoPower VDF Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors Project Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors Installation ThermoPower-VHP Heat Pipe Collectors ThermoPower-VDF U-Pipe Collectors Thermosyphon Installation Guide Certification SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP10 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP20 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP25 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP30 Keymark Certification Testing Data

Solar Thermal Installation On A Church, Sidney NY

Join us as Todd Paternoster goes over a system installed on a church in Sidney, NY. Todd talks about some important components and designs in solar thermal systems on larger buildings. TitanPower Evacuated Tube Collector Product Page Product Brochures ThermoPower VHP Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors ThermoPower VDF Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors Project Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors Installation ThermoPower-VHP Heat Pipe Collectors ThermoPower-VDF U-Pipe Collectors Thermosyphon Installation Guide Certification SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP10 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP20 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP25 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP30 Keymark Certification Testing Data

Solar Thermal Residential Installation, Sidney NY – Part 3

Join us as Todd continues his solar thermal tour of Sidney, NY as he looks at a residential solar system and talks about the different types of mounting options. Additional Videos In This Series: Watch Video 1 Here Watch Video 2 here TitanPower Evacuated Tube Collector Product Page Product Brochures ThermoPower VHP Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors ThermoPower VDF Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors Project Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors Installation ThermoPower-VHP Heat Pipe Collectors ThermoPower-VDF U-Pipe Collectors Thermosyphon Installation Guide Certification SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP10 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP20 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP25 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP30 Keymark Certification Testing Data

Solar Thermal Residential Installation, Sidney NY – Part 2

Join us as Todd Paternoster continues on his solar thermal tour of residential install in the Sidney, NY area. Here Todd discusses a very interesting system and one of the solar thermal pioneers in the Sidney, NY area. Additional Videos In This Series Watch Part 1 Here Watch Part 3 Here TitanPower Evacuated Tube Collector Product Page Product Brochures ThermoPower VHP Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors ThermoPower VDF Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors Project Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors Installation ThermoPower-VHP Heat Pipe Collectors ThermoPower-VDF U-Pipe Collectors Thermosyphon Installation Guide Certification SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP10 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP20 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP25 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP30 Keymark Certification Testing Data

Solar Thermal Residential Installation, Sidney NY – Part 1

Join us as Todd Paternoster takes us on a solar thermal tour of Sidney, NY. Here is the one of the first stops on the tour looking at a residential house with a solar thermal system being installed. Additional Videos In This Series Watch Part 2 Here Watch Part 3 Here TitanPower Evacuated Tube Collector Product Page Product Brochures ThermoPower VHP Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors ThermoPower VDF Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors Project Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors Installation ThermoPower-VHP Heat Pipe Collectors ThermoPower-VDF U-Pipe Collectors Thermosyphon Installation Guide Certification SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP10 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP20 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP25 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP30 Keymark Certification Testing Data

Solar Thermal Install at Todd’s House

Join us as we take a brief tour of the solar thermal installation at our director of Educations new house. Todd Paternoster has designed a state of the art solar thermal system which uses 9 TitanPower flat plate collectors on his newly built house. TitanPower Flat Plate Product Page Product Brochures TitanPowerPlus-SU2 TitanPower-AL2 TitanPower-AL2DH Installation SunMaxx TitanPower Plus-SU2: Flush Mount l Free Standing SunMaxx TitanPower-AL2: Flush Mount l Free Standing SunMaxx TitanPower-AL2DH: Flush Mount & Free Standing Certification SRCC SunMaxx TitanPower Plus-SU2 SRCC SunMaxx TitanPower-AL2 SRCC SunMaxx- TitanPower-AL2DH

Basic SmartMaxx Digital Controller Programming

Join us as we take a look as our engineer Sam walks us through the basic programming of the SmartMaxx digital solar thermal system controller. From the basics of the initial wiring to the programming of the system sensors and temperatures, Sam breaks it down in this easy to follow video. SmartMaxx Digital Controllers Product Page

NYSERDA PON 2149 Explanation

Todd explains the crucial details of the NYSERDA PON 2149 in New York State for solar thermal systems. Learn about what the program is, how to apply and how to get started with a solar thermal system in your house in this brief 8 minute video.

ThermoPower Install in New Jersey with Ed Part 2

Join us as we watch Ed continue to explain his extremely efficient system he has installed on his residential home in New Jersey. Watch Part 1 Here ThermoPower Evacuated Tube Product Page Product Brochures ThermoPower VHP Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors ThermoPower VDF Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors Project Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors Installation ThermoPower-VHP Heat Pipe Collectors ThermoPower-VDF U-Pipe Collectors Thermosyphon Installation Guide Certification SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP10 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP20 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP25 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP30 Keymark Certification Testing Data

ThermoPower Install in New Jersey with Ed Part 1

Join us as we follow one of our certified installed, Ed, as he gives us a tour of his solar thermal system installed on his home in New Jersey. Ed has claimed to receive a solar fraction of up to 90% from his SunMaxx Solar ButlerMaxx kit and does an excellent job showing off all of the components. Watch Part 2 Here ThermoPower Evacuated Tube Product Page Product Brochures ThermoPower VHP Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors ThermoPower VDF Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors Project Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors Installation ThermoPower-VHP Heat Pipe Collectors ThermoPower-VDF U-Pipe Collectors Thermosyphon Installation Guide Certification SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP10 […]

Making ThermoPower Evacuated Tubes Video

Join us as we take a fascinating look into the creation of the SunMaxx Solar ThermoPower evacuated tubes. These tubes are created in several steps including forming the inner and outer tubes, combining the two together and vacuuming the air out between the layers. TitanPower Evacuated Tube Collector Product Page Product Brochures ThermoPower VHP Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors ThermoPower VDF Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors Project Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors Installation ThermoPower-VHP Heat Pipe Collectors ThermoPower-VDF U-Pipe Collectors Thermosyphon Installation Guide Certification SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP10 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP20 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP25 SunMaxx ThermoPower-VHP30 Keymark Certification Testing Data

Making ConnectMaxx Solar Mounting Hardware Video

Join us as we take a look into the manufacturing process of one of the biggest advantage SunMaxx Solar has on it’s competitors, the easy to use ConnectMaxx mounting hardware. ConnectMaxx mounting hardware is extremely easy to assemble and with it’s channeled rail design, easy to adjust to any size or configuration with out the need to measuring and cutting. ConnectMaxx Solar Mounting Hardware Product Page

Making SmartMaxx Solar Thermal Controllers Video

Join us as we take a look at the manufacturing process of the SunMaxx Solar SmartMaxx digital controller. The SmartMaxx controller makes it easy to read almost any measurable involved with your solar thermal system. View the temperature of the tank, collector, heat exchanger, second tank, second collector and some controllers can do many more. SmartMaxx controller accessories also allow for monitoring your system from the web or offloading the date to a memory card. SmartMaxx Digital Controllers Product Page

Making SunMaxx Solar Filling Stations Video

Join us as we watch the process of making SunMaxx Solar thermal filling stations. These filling stations are an all in one package used to commission a system in one easy step. The stations are powered by a 1/2 HP impeller pump and come with a storage tank, filter and high pressure hose all bundled on an easy to maneuver cart. Solar Filling Station Product Page

Making TitanPower Flat Plate Collectors Video

Join us as we watch SunMaxx Solar manufacture the incredible powerful and efficient TitanPower Flat Plate solar thermal collector. These flat plates are manufactured in our state of the art facility and use state of the art materials and technology. Backed with mineral wool, encased in a sturdy aluminum housing, protected by tough tempered glass and powered by TiNOX Technology, TitanPower collectors surpass all competitors in price, quality and performance. TitanPower Solar Thermal Flat Plate Collectors Product Page Product Brochures TitanPowerPlus-SU2 TitanPower-AL2 TitanPower-AL2DH Installation SunMaxx TitanPower Plus-SU2: Flush Mount l Free Standing SunMaxx TitanPower-AL2: Flush Mount l Free Standing SunMaxx TitanPower-AL2DH: Flush Mount & Free Standing […]

Making StorMaxx Solar Hot Water Storage Tanks

Join us as we watch our most popular solar thermal storage tank, the StorMaxx PTec, go from start to finish. The StorMaxx PTec solar thermal storage tank comes in several sizes, is enamel lined with a soft shell jacket around the outer insulation, contains two heat exchange coils and is priced competitively.

How do I remove air from my system?

Question: How do I remove air from my system? Answer: Take a deep breath and let all your air out… of your Solar thermal system One of the biggest issues with a successful commissioning is air removal. Any time you spend with this detail will be time well spent. Air pockets become entrained within your HTF and like to find places to hide. Air pockets can form between your HTF and the inner wall of piping (especially with flexible piping) and can only be removed through persistence and time. Here are a few things you can do to help this […]

Do I need to use glycol if I live in an area where I only have a few days of freezing per year?

Question: Do I need to use glycol if I live in an area where I only have a few days of freezing per year? Answer: If you live in an area that doesn’t get below freezing often (less than 5 days per year) it is possible to get away with using water instead of glycol. In order to make sure that the water doesn’t freeze you need to have your controller (ie. SmartMaxx DHW-Plus) run with freeze protection. The freeze protection setting monitors the collector temp and when it goes below a specified temp (40 F) the pump will kick […]

What is the most appropriate delta T for Northern climates?

Question: What is the most appropriate delta T for Northern climates? Answer: 17

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