Brixham’s new fish market’s catch includes solar-thermal energy

Andrews Water Heaters, solar thermal, renewable energy, DHW
Brixham’s new fish market exploits its position on the English Riviera to benefit from solar hot water provided by equipment from Andrews Water Heaters.

With Torbay, also known as the English Riviera, receiving more hours of sunshine in a year than anywhere else in the UK, what better way to deliver water heating for the new Brixham fish market than solar-thermal water heating. Built to replace a 30-year-old building, the new fish market has equipment from Andrews Water Heaters that comprises nine glazed flat-plate collectors, a 900 l unvented cylinder, three FASTflo water heaters and an ST66 buffer tank.

Space Engineering Services of Bristol provided the initial design, sourcing equipment from the Exeter branch of Wolseley Pipe Center. Space also installed the system, with Andrews’ engineers providing onsite technical support and commissioning services.

The nine solar panels are on the large roof of phase 2A, which is easily accessible and oriented closest to South. They are protected from the local seagulls [fearsome creatures in my experience — Ed.] by a metal cage.

The internal plant is in a ground-floor plant room in phase 2C and serves wash hand basins, sinks and showers in office areas.

The system also includes solar controls, pump station, expansion vessels, first fill of heat-transfer fluid and mounting accessories for the collectors.

Trawlers and day boats operate out of Brixham, bringing back a very wide variety of fish for selling locally, as well as across the UK and abroad.

Facilities of the new fish market include Internet bidding, accommodation for fish wholesalers, a modern grading and display area, cold store and improvements to the port area where boats land their catches.

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