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Solar Water Heating

Ssolar panel.jpgolar Water Heating course with Quentin Gargin

Monday-Tuesday | 2 - 3 February 2009 | 7 - 9pm |  Cultivate Centre | Essex St West | Temple Bar | €60 | 10% discount for ÉASCA and Cultivate members | Bookings: 01 674 5773

Solar water heating is fast becoming an integral part of house design. Quite apart from the need for Part L compliance, for a long time prices of equipment have been falling while energy costs have risen, and solar water heating is now a cost-effective source of renewable energy in any new home.

This course run over two evenings will explore the pros and cons of different systems: flatplates, vacuum tubes, vacuum flasks, and various options for installation and plumbing, enabling architects and engineers to design and specify safe and effective solar water heating systems.

The course will cover:

  • Different solar panel systems and their advantages / disadvantages
  • Selection of suitable storage for both householders and commercial users
  • Appropriate panel sizes for various roof pitch / orientation combinations
  • Installation options and plumbing circuits
  • Roof-mounting and flashing
  • Ancillary equipment (differential thermostats, pumps, dump circuits, lightening protection etc.)
  • Obtaining appropriate data for BER assessments
  • Safety and protection from overheating, freezing, legionnaires disease and excess pressures

Quentin Gargan and his partner Clare Watson live on a smallholding in West Cork where their strawbale house  is powered by a wind turbine and solar PVs with solar water heating and other renewable energy systems. Over the last ten years Quentin has installed various experimental solar water heating systems in their home.

Quentin is a BPEC qualified solar installer and lecturers plumbers on solar water heating at Cork Institute of Technology, as well as offering short courses in renewable energy systems at their home. He is a Director of Ecologics where he provides technical support for commercial projects. This course will be loosely based on the FETAC and SEI approved course given to plumbers and professional installers, but with more emphasis on design.