A label for more transparency
The energy transition is possible only with the help of the sun in the heating market
New collector label creates transparency in the heating market.
The Sun delivers more energy to Earth in an hour than we use in a year.
What does the label tell me?
A clear label – lots of important information
A label for more transparency
The energy efficiency label of the European Union is well known among consumers. Washing machines, lamps, televisions and other home appliances have such a label. From red to green, from G to A+++: the colour scale and the energy efficiency classification provide information about their energy consumption.
Since September 2015, conventional heat generators such as gas boilers, heat pumps, heaters with cogeneration, water heaters and storage tanks should also be labelled. The EU efficiency label should help consumers to make an informed decision when choosing a heating system. The less primary energy the heating system uses, the more efficient it is.
Solar thermal collectors generate heat with almost no use of fossil energy. Therefore, they are not part of the EU product labelling scheme. Well-known manufacturers of solar thermal collectors have joined forces and voluntary introduced a collector label which shows how much heat they can generate.
Their goal: to help consumers choosing the product which best enables them to enjoy a sustainable and cost-effective heat supply.
Several aspects differentiate the SOLERGY label from the EU label:
The SOLERGY label looks familiar but is quite different.
A green rainbow – The easiest way to choose the best collector
These output classification shows how well the irradiated solar energy is used for heat generation. It is based on the annual efficiency of the collector. The higher (and greener) the class, the greater the renewable energy output (solar heat).
Why green? Solar collectors are sustainable energy suppliers and not fossil energy consumers. They generate almost no CO2 emissions – and this is worth a „green“.
Fits like a glove? Then you have the right solar thermal system
8-month comforting autonomy with CO2-free heat from solar thermal collectors
Most of the energy for heat is consumed during the winter. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean that you don’t need energy for space heating and hot water for the rest of the year.
Anyone who wants to buy a solar thermal collector should therefore make sure that it also supplies a high heat output even in seasons with little solar radiation – in the transitional periods and during the winter.
A solar collector is the heart of a solar thermal system; it is like the engine of a car. However, even the best collector can achieve an optimum performance only if all other components of the heating system are of the same technological quality and match to one another.
Too small, too large or outdated storage, as well as poorly insulated pipes, have a negative impact on the solar output.
Who determines the solar output potential?
The data sheets show exactly how many kilowatt hours a collector module can produce at different locations in Europe per year. This value is shown on the SOLERGY label for three locations (Würzburg, Athens and Stockholm).
By the way: potential does not mean actual output. The solar output potential merely provides information on how much heat output can be achieved. If the heat is not used, for example because the storage is full, the potential maximum output can no longer be achieved.