Solar Thermal/Geothermal

The latest news, trends and equipment for solar hot water and geothermal heating/cooling systems.

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SunTrac Solar sun-tracking panel

SunTrac Solar’s SmartPanel is a concentrating solar thermal panel with a computerized sun-tracking control system
June 26, 2014

RiteTemp monitors the temperature of heat transfer fluid as it leaves the panel, allowing the system to tune the mirrors and keep fluid temperatures and pressures in an optimum range.


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Geo-Flo geothermal hydraulic separator

Geo-Flo’s high density polyethylene hydraulic separator is designed specifically for geothermal heat pump systems.
June 26, 2014

An automatic air vent, blow-down valve and ball valve for connection to an expansion tank are included. The HDPE tank is installed in a heavy-gauge, powder-coated steel cabinet.


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Our industry needs more focus on distribution systems

It’s not all about the boiler.
May 21, 2014

As an industry, we have to move beyond judging the quality of a hydronic system based solely on the heat source.


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ACCA Conference highlights energy-efficient systems

The conference was held March 17-19 in Nashville, Tenn.
April 22, 2014

The 2014 ACCA Conference included a radiant and hydronics track sponsored by the group’s Radiant & Hydronics Council.


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Variable-capacity geothermal heat pump

WaterFurnace’s 7 Series geothermal heat pump surpasses both 41 EER and 5.3 Coefficient of Performance efficiencies.
March 17, 2014

The unit utilizes a soft-start variable-capacity compressor, in concert with a variable-speed ECM blower and variable-speed loop pump.


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Two-stage, water-to-water heat pumps

Roth’s geothermal heat pump systems are insulated with sound-deadening material.
March 17, 2014

Variable-speed ECM blower motors are standard on all Roth equipment. The coated air coils prevent corrosion and ensure longevity.


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Heat pump with IAQ accessories

Bosch offers its Greensource Complete Design with Innovation (CDi) SM Model geothermal heat pumps with green technology inside.
March 17, 2014

Bosch offers its Greensource Complete Design with Innovation (CDi) SM Model geothermal heat pumps with green technology inside.


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Bosch and Orca Energy sign joint marketing agreement

Going forward the two companies will jointly market to developers and builders as well as to new homebuyers.
February 6, 2014

Bosch Thermotechnology teams up with Orca Energy to reduce cost of geothermal heating and cooling for new home developers, builders and homebuyers.


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Greening the heating industry

Geothermal and solar thermal installs continue to rise.
January 23, 2014
Interest in geothermal heating and cooling systems has increased in the last five years. “With firms more cost-conscious, green initiatives receiving more media attention and tighter market conditions, business leaders have sought ways to decrease operating expenses across the board and some of them are turning to geothermal solutions for their climate control,” writes Pramod Dibble in the November 2013 issue of sister publication PM Engineer.
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Wet-rotor circulator pump

Bell & Gossett’s ecocirc XL is a high-efficiency, large, wet-rotor circulator pump for commercial heating and cooling systems, hot water applications, solar-thermal systems and ground-source heat pumps.
January 23, 2014

Bell & Gossett’s ecocirc XL is a high-efficiency, large, wet-rotor circulator pump for commercial heating and cooling systems, hot water applications, solar-thermal systems and ground-source heat pumps.


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