Thermodynamic solar panel

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

A thermodynamic solar panel is a type of air source heat pump. Instead of a large fan to take energy from the air, it has a flat plate collector. This means the system gains energy from the sun as well as the air.[1]

Renewable Heat Incentive[edit]

In the UK, thermodynamic solar panels cannot be used to claim the Renewable Heat Incentive. This is due to the lack of technical standards for the testing and installation. The UK Microgeneration Certification Scheme is working to develop a testing standard, either based on MIS 3001 or MIS 3005 or a brand new scheme document if appropriate. [2]


Lab testing has been carried out by Das Wärmepumpen-Testzentrum Buchs (WPZ) in Buchs Switzerland on an Energi Eco 200esm/i thermodynamic solar panel system.[3] This showed a Coefficient of performance of 2.8 or 2.9 (depending on tank volume). [4]

In the UK, the first independent test is under-way at Narec Distributed Energy. So far data is available for January to April 2014.[5]


  1. ^ Debenham, Cathy (11 January 2013). "Thermodynamic panels: your questions answered". YouGen. YouGen. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Thermodynamic Products". Microgeneration Certification Scheme. Microgeneration Certification Scheme. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "How Thermodynamic Panels works". 
  4. ^ "Test results of domestic hot water heat pumps based on EN 16147:2011" (PDF). WPZ. Retrieved 21 February 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  5. ^ "Thermodynamic panel test". Narec Distributed Energy. Narec Distributed Energy. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 

External links[edit]