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by John Turner, Celtic Solar
Date added: 2010-08-18 16:35:36 Filesize: 112
The 16 x GENERSYS 1000-10 solar panels were installed almost flush with the wall using bespoke frames made for the job. The support and backup from GENERSYS is, as always, second to none.
Date added: 2010-08-18 16:35:36 Filesize: 97
From a distance, it is hard to discern the GENERSYS panels from the architecture of the building. It was also important to keep the panels south facing, for optimum performance.
A bespoke installation kit was made by GENERSYS for Celtic Solar, providing an attractive 'picture frame' finish to their solar hot water installation at Birk Hall, University of Exeter.

The new building at Birks Grange is part of a multi million pound expansion plan by the University of Exeter, and is to be used for student accommodation. The main contractors are Cowlin Construction, with Mitie Ltd doing the M & E work.

The 16 solar panels are split into two banks of 8 (left and right). The pipework from the panels travels some 35 metres to the basement of the building to feed two 700 litre unvented preheat cylinders, each having its own pump station and controlled by one controller which is able to run the pumps independently of each other depending on whichever cylinder is calling for heat.

The main feature of this project is the GENERSYS Solar Thermal panels. Prior to any work starting there are always meetings. At these meetings it was made very clear that the panels were required to blend in so that the end result would be pleasing to the eye and not look as though the panels were an after thought. A plus factor in having a company like Genersys as your main supplier is that you can call upon their expertise, and with over thirty years in the industry you know they aren't going to let you down, which is particularly important on a high profile project such as this.

The [GENERSYS Thermosolar] engineers in Germany set about designing a completely new housing for the Horizontal panels to give them a "picture frame" appearance, which would be mounted on the vertical wall next to the south facing windows of the building. Once the design work had been sorted it was also important to make sure the paint colour (Ral number) matched that of the windows and the rest of the cladding used on the building. Panels and frames were duly put in place without any problems, and the overall effect is very satisfying both in aesthetics and functionality.

John Turner,
Celtic Solar

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