Solar energy helps meet energy needs of residential home

Potterton Commercial boilers and Andrews Water Heaters solar-thermal water heating provide heating and hot water for a new residential service in Banbury.
Andrews Water Heaters has supply three SOLARflo water-heating systems to provide domestic hot water for a new residential service in Banbury. Agnes Court comprises 20 residential rooms and three respite rooms and is provided by Leonard Cheshire Disability, which operates both locally and worldwide to enable disabled people to live life in their own way. The charity is currently commencing a major reprovisioning project involving major capital investment. Wherever feasible, the charity uses renewable energy in its properties. At Agnes Court, the mechanical-services contract was let as a design-and-build project, using a generic site-specific brief provided by Roy Fairbairn, UK building-services engineer for Leonard Cheshire Disability’s national development team. The SOLARflo equipment comprises 12 solar-thermal panels connected to three twin-coil cylinders, together with associated equipment. The glazed flat-plate collectors are installed together on the pitched roof, facing due south. Each collector has a gross area of 2.55 m2. The compete package includes solar collectors, solar control unit, pump station, expansion vessels, first fill of heat-transfer fluid and mounting accessories for the collectors. The three cylinders and supporting boilers are installed in three separate plant rooms to locate them closer to the draw-off points and avoid excessive pipework runs in the building. The major plant room contains one cylinder and boiler combination, together with a cold-water booster set to supply the two other wing plant rooms. Pipework is routed externally to permit higher ceilings in the rooms. Space heating and supplementary water heating is provided by three Potterton Commercial Paramount two high-efficiency, wall-hung condensing boilers.
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