SolaVee budget Solar Pool Heating System

 

This solar pool heater was designed as a simple-to-install, low-cost alternative, for people wanting to heat above-ground pools. It will easily sit on a nearby corrugated iron roof, and can usually be connected directly to the outlet of the existing filter pump, so long as the roof is not too high.
The polypipe tubing is the same top quality tubing that is used for our other solar heating, but the tubes lie protected from the wind in each corrugation, and tend to pick up more heat per tube. The solar collector is mounted only by clamping the top manifold pipe, which makes for very easy installation.

Installation is with the polypipes running down the corrugations to within 150 mm of the roof gutter.  This allows for expansion and contraction, and occasional cleaning of the roof and gutters.  A leaf-free roof is recommended, to minimise the problem of water run-off blockage, or possible roof corrosion due to debris build-up. detail1

Solazone poly solar tubes are spaced to neatly run down the trough of each corrugation, heating the water from direct and reflected solar radiation.
So simple to assemble - and you can add additional panels at any time to increase the size of your solar system.

This solar collector is supplied with sets of 1.5 metre long manifolds and 200 metre coils of solar tubing.   The manifolds are clamped at the top of the roof, and the tubing is left to hang down the corrugated roof.   The tubing is protected from wind losses by the profile of the corrugated roof. Each collector tube picks up more heat because of this, but a larger collector area is actually required because of the larger distance between the tubes.

Overall, the cost of this solar collector is substantially reduced, compared with all other types.

 

SolaVee Pool Heating Prices

 

SolaVee Parts / Description Prices March 2012
Manifold Kit (contains set of 2 pipes, 1.5 m long)
(Use 3 to 5 sets, depending on roof size)
$75
2 end caps, or 2 couplings (One set per manifold kit) $ 8
Polypipe tubing roll (each 200 m roll requires about 15.5 sqm of roof) $ 150
Polypipe tubing joiners (bag of 10) $ 10
Vacuum relief valve $ 36
Check valve $ 38
Cut in kit (3-way valve and tee) $ 55
One or two rolls is generally sufficient for most above-ground pools  

 

Assembling the SolaVee collector

This solar collector is supplied with sets of 1.5 metre, or 3 metre long manifolds, and 200 metre coils of solar tubing.   The manifolds are clamped along the top of the roof at 800 mm centres, and the tubing is left to hang down the corrugated roof.

The manifolds may need to be trimmed at the ends before joining on to the next, so that the solar tubes all run down the centre of a roof corrugation.  This way the tubing is protected from wind losses by the profile of the corrugated roof. Each collector tube picks up more heat because of this, but a larger collector area is actually required because of the larger centre distance between the tubes.

Usually, the correct amount of tubing will cover a roof area of twice to three times the pool surface area, depending on the amount of heating required. Overall, the cost of this solar collector is substantially reduced, compared with all other types.

Do not fix down the lower manifold.  You will find that it will move up and down the roof, depending upon expansion and contraction of the poly tubing. The entire solar collector is only fixed to the roof by the top manifold clamps.  For very steep roofs, the top manifold clamps should be spaced closer together.


Once the collector is assembled, it is ready to be connected to the pool plumbing.   Cold water must be fed in at the bottom manifold, with the warmed water leaving from the opposite side at the top.   Follow the plumbing instructions contained in the kits for correct installation of check, control and vacuum relief valves.


We are pleased to help you size a solar heating kit to suit your pool or spa. 
Advise us pool length & width, type of roof, roof dimensions, and height of roof above pool water surface.

 

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