Solar Hot Water

Camberwell Electrics & Apricus will save you money with ultra efficient solar hot water systems

Did you know hot water systems are the single most energy intensive appliance in the home?

Installing an Apricus Solar Hot Water System in your home can:

• SAVE you up to 80% on your water heating bills
• REDUCE your household carbon emissions
• INCREASE the value of your property
• PRODUCE free hot water from the sun.

PLUS you can save more with the rebates available in your State.

Whether you are buying or renovating a single bedroom or studio apartment or a multi storey house, Apricus can provide a solar hot water solution to suit you. Apricus residential systems are available in a wide range of sizes and a range of boosting options to suit any household, in any climate.

All Apricus solar hot water systems should be sized to suit each individual home and application. We will put you in touch with your local Apricus agent to recommend what is best for you, as climate, water usage and water quality varies across Australia. A broad indication of system sizes are:

• 1-2 Bedrooms: 20-22 Tubes with a 250ltr Tank
• 3-4 Bedrooms: 30 Tubes with 315ltr Tank
• 4+ Bedrooms: 40 Tubes with 400ltr Tank

 

To get the best out of a Solar Hot Water system it must be designed and installed by a quality team.
Dale and his install team will work with you to ensure that you get the best system designed for your needs now and in the future.  

Dale McDonald Solar ConsultantDale McDonald Solar Consultant

Call Dale on either (03) 9835 4343    or  Mobile:  0457-860-113

Use the online booking form below for you to book in a time with Dale. Book a time that suits you, plan your day, know that Dale is going to be waiting to help you.

 * General product overview of what's available allow 30mins

 * In depth project planning or full product comparison overview (bring in your design plans) - allow 60mins 

 For large projects, after product selection, you can then arrange a time for a free onsite consultation for your project.

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 Visit our Heating & Cooling Design Advisory Centre or call one of the team to ask for advice (03) 9835 4343 or (03) 9809 2222  

We use Apricus products which are built to the highest quality and their solar collectors carry an industry leading 15 year warranty, so it is
the Apricus commitment to support you throughout the life of your new system.

  • 15-Year warranty on solar tubes and heat pipes
  • 15-Year warranty on manifold
  • 15-Year warranty on framework
  • 15-Year warranty on stainless tank
  • 10-Year warranty on glass-lined tank

 

How The Apricus Evacuated Tube Collector Works

These images show the simplicity and high efficiency of the Apricus collectors. To understand in more detail, watch the ‘Solar Hot Water’ explained video.

Evacuated Tube Solar Hot Water System

 

The sunlight (including UV) strikes the dark absorber coating inside the evacuated tube, the vacuum seal between the two layers of glass act like an insulator and prevent the heat energy that has been captured from escaping back into the atmosphere.

The heat pipe, located inside the evacuated tube carries a small amount of purified water, and is also evacuated, which means the liquid boils at a very low temperature (~30°C) turns to vapour and rises to the top of the heat pipe to the “bulb” which plugs in to the Apricus manifold.

The Apricus pump station moves water from the storage tank through the copper heat exchange located within the manifold. At this point, there is no water running through the tubes, the heat pipe bulb is simply transferring the heat retained inside the tube into the cooler water running through the manifold.

As this process happens, the vapour inside the heat pipe condenses and turns back into liquid returning to the bottom of the heat pipe… and the process begins again!

 

 
 

Why choose an Apricus evacuated tube system over flat panels?

Evacuated tubes work in all seasons as they can be positioned more favorably towards the sun. This means when you want higher temperatures or performance in cooler weather, evacuated tubes have a huge advantage over flat plate collectors.

• Apricus collectors passively track the sun allowing direct solar exposure from early morning to late afternoon.
• Better overall contribution in Fall/Autumn, Winter & Spring.
• Apricus systems are designed for ease of installation and assembly. No need for a crane or cherrypicker as may be required for flat plates.
• Higher variability of applications – spas/hot-tubs, heating support, solar cooling.
• Easier to maintain – in the event of a damaged tube(s) simply remove and replace.

Scroll down to find out why Apricus is the go-to solar hot water collector for homesunderfloor heating, and commercial heating solutions in Australia and around the globe!

More solar energy for more hours in the day

The collector passively tracks the sun, reaching it’s peak output earlier in the morning and staying at peak until later in the afternoon than a traditional flat plate collector.

 

Excellent Cold Weather Performance

The Apricus tubes have a vacuum between two glass layers and work similar to a thermos flask allowing it to retain up to 95% of the solar energy they capture! This means in colder climates and during the winter months, heat is retained and not lost into the atmosphere. The collectors are also rated to handle frost down to -15°C without the use of glycol which dramatically reduces maintenance of the system

 

Light Weight, Easy to Install

A 30 tube collector weights approximately 110kg spread over a 2.2m x 2.0m roof space. This means there is no inconvenience using cranes to install. It is not necessary to reinforce the roof structure as other solar hot water systems may require as they can weigh up to 500kg+ on a roof.

 

Quality Control

Apricus solar collectors and frames are manufactured in our own manufacturing facility. The facility is managed by fellow Australian and Apricus global CEO – Mick Humphreys, who oversees all operations.

The facility is regularly audited by European, Australian and local authorities to ensure adherence with product standards, labour laws, safety regulations and environmental requirements. We have obtained Australian Standards (AS2712:2002), SRCC (USA) and Solarkeymark (EU) certifications. Our factory is also certified to ISO9001:2008 management and production standards.

 

Lifetime Support & Warranty

Due to owning and managing the manufacturing process, Apricus are proud to offer an industry leading 15 year warranty on Apricus evacuated tube solar hot water collectors installed in both Residential and Commercial installations.

15-Year warranty on solar tubes and heat pipes
15-Year warranty on manifold
15-Year warranty on framework
15-Year warranty on stainless tank
10-Year warranty on glass-lined tank

* Conditions apply.

 

One Design, Unlimited Possibilities

The evacuated tube solar collector Apricus install on a home is the same collector they use in a commercial installation using 100+ collectors – including some small design changes to make collecting multiple collectors easier. Apricus solar collectors can be used for much more than just heating water for baths, showers and kitchens. Apricus evacuated tubes are being used across the globe for so many applications. You can use our collectors for:

  • Hydronic heating including radiators, under-floor and more
  • Pre-heating commercial high temperature boilers
  • Bottle warming in dairies (see De-Bortoli Wines 100 x AP-30 installation here)
  • Our tubes are even being used for solar air-conditioning!
 
 

Dale and his install team will work with you to ensure that you get the best system designed for your needs now and in the future.  

Dale McDonald Solar ConsultantDale McDonald Solar Consultant

Call Dale on either (03) 9835 4343    or  Mobile:  0457-860-113

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 Apricus Basic Sizing Guide Specifications
 
Apricus Roof Collector & Tank Specifications
 
 
 
We know that this all can be a huge amount of information to absorb and understand.  

That's why Dale has an dedicated display area to show you the product and space to sit down with your plans to ensure that you get the best system designed not just for what you need now, but also for your future requirements.  

Dale McDonald Solar ConsultantDale McDonald Solar Consultant

Call Dale on either (03) 9835 4343    or  Mobile:  0457-860-113

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