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Germany/Belgium: Container Solutions to Standardise Commercial Solar Thermal Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 2, 2016
Aschoff SolarStandardisation and prefabrication of solar thermal systems remains key to the delivery of high quality, cost-optimised solutions. Solar pumping and refilling stations attached to and insulated with the storage tank have already been standard in residential systems in Central Europe. Current developments from German system supplier Aschoff Solar and Belgium system supplier Sunoptimo show that prefabricated solutions are also possible for large-scale, commercial systems between 50 m² and 2,000 m² of collector area. Both companies use containers equipped with a storage tank and all other hydraulic components. The photo shows the most current installation of Aschoff Solar at the Severin Sea Lodge in Mombasa, Kenya. The 260 m² vacuum tube installation on the roof provides hot water for the guest and staff lodges, with one container including the storage tank and the hydraulic.
Photos: Aschoff Solar

Denmark: ECCO Hotel’s Intelligent Solar Heating Solution

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 22, 2013

The hotel building extension at the ECCO Education and Conference Centre in Tønder, Denmark, supplies its own energy. Among other things, the autonomous energy supply is the result of a solar heating solution connected to the hotel’s booking system. The system comes from Danish Arcon Solar, a specialist in large and medium-sized solar heating plants, which also ensures its optimal operation. Shoe manufacturer ECCO uses the 4,000 m² building, which was finished in spring 2013, for both its own employees and external conference guests. The design of the building has been optimised in every way: Its circular structure guarantees the best utilisation of available space, short distances to the offices within the building and smaller heat losses because of a reduced surface area.
Photo: Arcon Solar

Thailand: Prefabricated Container Solution Improves Quality in Tannery

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 9, 2013

Danish shoe producer ECCO runs the largest solar thermal installation in Thailand: 1,890 m² of vacuum tube collectors provide the company’s factory in Ayutthaya with up to 80 tons of hot water per day. Planned and installed by German engineering company Aschoff Solar, the process heat installation supplies the different tanning processes with water at temperatures between 35 and 70°C. The photo shows the three stackable containers, including the ready-to-use tanks, pump groups and heat exchangers prefabricated in Germany. The system offers a solar controller with graphical display and online remote control.
Photo: Aschoff Solar

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