Solar Thermal energy can provide a large percentage of your hot water needs and reduce by 50% to 70% the energy consumed by your existing system. It provides substantial savings for both residential and commercial buildings. Typical payback time for solar thermal systems range from 5-10 years - even faster with state incentives and Federal tax credits.
Dovetail primarily designs solar thermal systems utilizing flat-plate solar collectors from Heliodyne and Schuco. We also offer high temperature evacuated tubes from Apricus and Sundra in a variety of configurations.
Information on Heliodyne solar thermal systems
Information on Schuco solar thermal systems
Heliodyne is one of the oldest and most respected firms in the solar energy industry. They have a solid reputation for providing unexcelled equipment and service at a competitive cost. Heliodyne provides complete solar energy systems, not just the collectors. Solid engineering has gone into designing these systems and matching all components. Dovetail works with Heliodyne to size your system; to provide the optimal system to satisfy your particular requirements. Heliodyne manufactured systems also offer the advantage of simplicity of design and construction. Dovetail does not need to worry about compatibility of parts, and can concentrate on providing you a professional installation. This is a very crucial point in the overall economic efficiency of your system.
Heliodyne flat plate collectors are built to perform efficiently under the harsh condition they are continuously exposed to: sun and rain, heat and cold, pollution, wind, and neglect. Their output will not reduce with age as is so often the case with other solar collectors: The materials are chosen for their stability and the workmanship is of the highest quality. They are manufactured in Richmond, CA. These collectors are truly an industrial product of durability and simplicity, named after the harshest desert of the world: The Gobi. Click here for specifications for Heliodyne Gobi collectors.
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The Heliodyne heat transfer and control modules, called HELIO-PAKS, are engineered with reliability and simplicity in mind. Dovetail has experience with HELIO-PAKS of different sizes and configurations. We recognized early that the proper heat transfer module is a crucial part in a solar energy system and selected the HELIO-PAK line. Problems of maintenance (i.e. fouling), poor performance (i.e. incorrect flow rates), as well as outright break-downs (i.e. freezing) are all connected with poorly designed systems.
Our most popular systems are closed-loop systems. We use direct PV powered pumps and AC powered pumps with differential controllers. Both types of systems are easily applied to a home or commercial building. Most are designed to operate year round, while some pool heating systems are used only in summer months.
To learn more about Solar Thermal Systems see the following guide provided by the U.S. Dept. of Energy: "Heat Your Water With The Sun" (618 KB pdf file)
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