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Solar Thermal Flat Plate

Solar thermal hot water systems offer a simple and affordable solution and are often chosen for their hard wearing and performance benefits. Modern solar thermal technology can deliver significant hot water results even in the often dull, UK climate so even on a cloudy day, solar gain can still be made.



Ideal technology provides solar thermal solutions with flat plate. The Ideal flat plate technology is available in on-roof panel format, the TS8000, and in-roof format, the TS8001. Both models are manufactured on dedicated robotic lines and feature aluminium absorbers with selective surface coating for optimum heat collection and therefore efficiency.

Delivering an average of up to 60% of the homes annual domestic hot water, Ideal solar thermal offers pressurised systems which collect solar radiation from the sun and transfers it into a heat absorbent fluid. The fluid is then pumped into a twin coil cylinder to heat the homes domestic hot water supply. This system works in conjunction with a system or heat only boiler which supplements the system when required.

Quick and simple to install, Ideal flat plate collectors can be mounted in-roof or on-roof with minimum fuss. For flat roof installations an easy-assemble A-frame can be utilised in both options. Available in a choice of easy to specify packs, Ideal solar thermal offers a hassle free solar thermal solution, designed for a wide variety.

How does a solar system work?

A solar thermal system is made up of solar collector(s), a pump station, a twin coil cylinder, a solar controller and a boiler.

Step 1

Solar panels are located on the roof of the property which collect solar radiation, heating the solar fluid contained inside.

Step 2

When the fluid has reached the desired temperature, the pump station will begin to draw the hot fluid down and into the twin coil cylinder.

Step 3

The hot fluid enters the twin coil cylinder via the bottom coil and heats the water held inside. A sensor within the cylinder monitors the temperature of the water as it increases. The hot water is then ready for use within the home.

Step 4

If the water within the cylinder doesn’t reach 60°C or the set temperature, the boiler will fire up to supplement the system.

Solar Thermal Collectors and Accessories

Flat Plate Collectors: TS8000 and TS8001

The lightweight flat plate collector is manufactured on its own robotic line. The number of individual components has been kept to a minimum for this product concept. Specifically developed glue is the only joining technique used at the flat plate collector. The collectors come with an aluminium absorber. Equipped with a modular mounting system, the collectors can be used for both flat-roof and roof-mounted installations.

SAP data:

Aperture area – 1.922m²
Conversion factor N0 0.769
Heat loss coefficient a1 3.847W/m²K

Aperture area – 2.33m²
Conversion factor N0 0.776
Heat loss coefficient a1 3.293W/m²K

Solar Pump Station

A custom built, fully insulated pump station with visible pressure gauge and flow gauges that display temperature rise and isolation points, and side access for pump and filling point so there’s no need to remove the cover for most operations. Includes flow & return temperature gauges, flow meter, flow & return check valves, pressure relief valve and pressure gauge, expansion vessel connection and filling & drain connection. Quick and easy to install and supplied with a 2 year parts and labour warranty.

Solar Controller

A standard controller or an East/West controller can be supplied with the system. Controllers are user friendly, quick and easy to install and supplied with a 2 year parts and labour warranty.

Twin Coil Cylinder

A hot water cylinder with two coils should be used in an Ideal solar system. The lower coil connects to the solar circuit, whilst the upper coil connects to the normal boiler circuit. The cylinder capability can be determined from household size and number of panels.

Roof Types and Installation 

A range of mounting systems from Ideal ensure the collectors can be installed in the most appropriate manner for the property you are working with. Our solar packs come complete with all the necessary mountings needed for a pitched on-roof installation. For neater (often new build) installations, an in-roof (inset) mounting kit can be used to achieve a subtle and stylish look. For flat roof installations, a simple A-frame kit is available, providing a quick installation with the minimum of fuss.