Tourism & Leisure
Bowland Wild Boar Leisure Park, Forest of Bowland.
Stone out buildings / café & Restaurant
Solar thermal system
Collector : 2 x CPC 12 INOX vacuum tube collector
Aperture area: 4 M2
Solar storage Tank: SOLFEX energy systems 300 litre
Solar objective: Domestic Hot Water.
The Wild Boar Leisure Park is a nature reserve and visitor farm, it is very busy all year round with families and school excursions, large volumes of domestic hot water are used daily within the kitchen, toilet and washing facilities, the centre is a remote place and electricity was used for hot water generation which was very expensive.
SOLFEX energy systems CPC INOX vacuum tube collector was selected as this would provide a proven guaranteed high solar yield of 2050.78 Kwh annually and would supply up to 50% of the annual domestic hot water demand.
Grant funding of £ 400.00 was also received to cover capital costs.
Shallow Grange Camp Site, Buxton, Derbyshire.
Shower, washroom facilities & back up under floor space heating.
Solar thermal system
Collector : 6 x SSK 2.1 flat plate collectors
Aperture area: 12.48 M2
Solar storage Tank: 2 x SOLFEX energy systems 380 litre combination tanks.
Solar objective: Domestic Hot Water & Back – Up under floor space heating
This busy Camp Site located in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District uses between 400 – 600 litres of hot water daily with multiple shower draw offs at peak demand, the solar hot water system also provides other hot water draw offs.
As LPG is the main source of fuel, this was obviously expensive and something needed to be done to change this.
Detailed planning with the client and installer was finalised and an array of SOLFEX energy systems SSK 2.1 on roof collectors were installed due to there price performance ration and market leading 25 year warranty.
In the summer time 100% of domestic hot water will be produced and up to 55% annually is now being provided from the solar thermal array with back up space heating support with a guaranteed solar thermal yield of 3.91MWh annually.
Property Type: Ryedale Public Swimming Pool
Client: Ryedale District Council.
Installer partner: H. Pickup M & E services
Project Coordinator & Supplier : Ecoliving
Consulting Engineer: Preston Lee Chambers
Solar Thermal Provider: SOLFEX energy systems
Property Location: Pickering, North Yorkshire
Roof Orientation: South
Solar Thermal System Details
Collector Type: SOLFEX energy systems SSK 2.1 on 45° A frame
Gross Collector Area: 90.00 M²
Solar Thermal system objective: Pool Heating only
Solar Storage: Plate Heat Exchanger
Annual solar fraction coverage: up to 30%
Rising energy costs and the newly introduced, government backed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments were the key drivers for Ryedale District Council when they recently undertook a planned boiler replacement and decided to utilise the power of solar energy to heat Ryedale Pool in Pickering as part of the package of measures .
SOLFEX energy systems was contacted by Ecoliving with a brief and in conjunction with Preston Lee Chambers building services consultancy plans were put in place to design and cost the large scale solar thermal system.
The SSK 2.1 flat plate collector was chosen due to the collector field orientation being due South with no shading and the excellent price performance ratio of the SSK with market leading 25 year warranty conditions.
The installation consists of 2 rows of 21 SSK 2.1 solar thermal panels, connected in series seven at a time on the facility’s flat roof. It is integrated with 2 gas boilers and a CHP (combined heat & power) unit controlled by a BMS system.
The collector layouts and mountings were chosen with no ballast needed due to direct fixing into the roof supports. The pipe work was sized appropriately allowing for long pipe runs and pressure losses and designed according to Tichelmann principle creating even flow rates across the entire system. De-aeration and commissioning valves were installed on the collector arrays and in the plant room.
The SOLFEX energy systems ergo-pro commercial pump group was used with a high efficiency Wilo Para pump to further reduce energy costs without loss of performance & an Alfa Laval plate heat exchanger for maximum energy transfer. The installation has a visual display panel fitted in the reception area for all to see the effect of the savings in carbon and energy.
The estimated saving taking all improvements into consideration, the replacement of the old gas boilers , upgrading the air handling unit, new DHW cylinders and a C.H.P. and solar thermal installation. The energy savings are expected to be in the region of 46% per annum on the 250m2 community swimming pool.
Simon Wardle, National Sales Manager / Solar Thermal Products commented “with swimming pools being acceptable under the RHI program for systems sized up to 200 Kwth this installation working alongside our partners as resulted in an excellent installation which will bring financial benefit to the system owner and environment alike”
Ecoliving Technical Manager, Steve Sutcliffe added, “This is an exciting installation because of the scale of solar thermal used and the financial benefit delivered to Community Leisure, specifically an estimated 46% reduction in heating costs over all as well as the reduction of their carbon footprint.”
Mike Adams, Facilities Manager for Ryedale District Council quoted, “Ryedale District Council has been able to make a significant contribution to reducing CO2 emissions while at the same time reducing expenditure on energy. Solar thermal technology is particularly suited to this type of facility due to the large energy demand and also aided by the orientation of the large south facing elevation. This is a win-win situation, having positive benefits for the customers of Ryedale Pool, for the Council, for residents of Ryedale and for the planet!”