Fluid Solar will bring renewable solar thermal energy and low impact living spaces to one third of the worlds population in thirty years.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Solar Thermal technology?

Fluid Solar systems use the sun's energy to heat water, year round, to useful temperatures. The heated water is stored to later produce heating, cooling, to change the humidity levels of the air or even produce low temperature steam. The Fluid Solar low-pressure steam turbine can convert this steam into electrical energy, powering a three-phase generator to produce electricity.

2. Is solar thermal technology reliable?

Intensive research and design over 10 years has confirmed that our systems are safe and reliable, providing year-round, renewable-based energy on demand, with low impact living now possible on any scale. Each system is designed to cap summer temperature collection, so the panels will not reach excessive temperatures on the sunniest summer days. Depending on your local regulator, an engineering report will be required for rooftop installation to confirm safety margins are not breached.

Fluid Solar is dedicated to providing valuable energy systems to local, national and world markets, using the Fluid Solar energy solutions. By combining solar thermal collection and safe, cost effective thermal storage with smart utilisation technology, our systems can help South Australia meet its energy targets by smoothing and capping grid loads, reducing unwanted outages during peak summer periods, substituting renewable energy for remote, unreliable fossil fuel powered systems and working effectively with PV, wind and hydro power

3. Can I buy a Solar Thermal panel system from you?

Fluid Solar designs solar thermal systems specifically to fit the energy requirements of your residential or commercial property. Fluid Solar thermal technologies are affordable and effective when built into a new structure while retrofitting can substantially reduce the energy burden of existing buildings too.

4. What housing options do you provide?

Fluid Solar has designed housing options, with modular, prefabricated and flatpacked low impact living houses that can work at near or complete off-grid situations, from single room to large scale residential designs. At the core is a suite of amenities configured for different uses, including a complete kitchen, bathroom and/or laundry unit that is easily transportable and rapidly installed. Each of these units is engineered to suit low impact living, and is used throughout the range of accommodation styles available.

5. What is a modular house?

A modular house is an off-site-built house, which enables significant cost reductions in construction. All Fluid Solar Low Impact Living modular housing options have energy smart, sustainable designs that make them off-grid capable. This means that a Fluid Solar modular house can substantially reduce your energy costs, short and long term.

Each house is made from heavy duty galvanized pre-assembled external wall frames and panels with steel foam sandwiched, non-flammable insulating panels for internal walls and roofing. Options include full width sliding doors, single or double glazed windows and elevated light entry, as well as a range of luxury add-ons.

6. What is a LIRDA?

A Low Impact Rapid Deployment Amenity, or LIRDA, comes as a suite of units, configured for different uses. The core is a complete off-grid and off-pipe kitchen, bathroom and laundry unit that is easily transportable and ideal for providing instant amenities.

7. What is a Fluid Solar Thermal Panel?

A Fluid Solar Thermal Panel is combined with evacuated tube collectors resulting in the collection of two or three times more energy across the annual cycle. A Fluid Solar Thermal Panel reflects incoming sunlight onto both sides of a solar tube collector, causing more of the sun’s energy to reach each collector, for longer each day.

The Fluid Solar Thermal Panel improves energy collection from early morning until late afternoon, enabling it to harvest up to three times the energy that the same tube collector could otherwise absorb. This means more thermal energy across each day, higher temperatures in low solar months, and capped summer temperature collection.

Learn more about how the Fluid Solar technologies from the Solar Thermal Panel Page on our website.

8. What applications can I use the Fluid Solar Thermal Panel for?

You can use a Fluid Solar Thermal Panel for a range of applications including:

  • Domestic and industrial hot water

  • Solar Thermal space, radiant and underfloor heating, and

  • Solar Thermal air conditioning and air drying.

9. Are there any dangers to adding a Fluid Solar Thermal Panel?

Every evacuated tube solar hot water system is fitted with an energy management system to ensure your hot water temperature is regulated, so it will not overheat during the summer.

In order to ensure no affect to your roof structural integrity, an engineering report is usually required, depending on your local regulator.

10. What is Fluid Solar House

Fluid Solar House is a custom-designed $8 million four-storey commercial office building, constructed with Fluid Solar technologies. These include a large thermal battery under the car park, renewable energy-powered heating, cooling and ventilation systems and innovative solar thermal collectors. Its unique blend of energy collection, storage and utilisation make it the first of its kind in the world.   

Just 1km from the closing GM Holden car plant at Elizabeth, 27km north of Adelaide, Fluid Solar House has disconnected from SA’s embattled electricity grid due to its ability to generate 250 kilowatt peak (kWp) of thermal and PV electric power from the building’s use of patented concentrating Fluid Solar Thermal collectors and conventional photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on its rooftop.

The 3000-square-metre building contains 2200 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy storage capacity, comprising around 90 per cent thermal storage and the remaining 10 per cent as conventional battery storage. Fluid Solar House is also part of Tesla's car-charging network, with provision for 11 electric vehicles parking spots fully supplied by solar power harvested from a 98kWp array of 378 PV solar panels on the building's roof.