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Solar Heating in the UK?

UK map of solar irradiation
Map of solar irradiation in the UK
(Annual Total kWh/m2)

The map on the right shows the total average solar radiation falling on one square metre surface inclined at 30 degrees to the horizontal, measured in kilowatt hours. These figures bring out the remarkable fact that the amount of solar energy falling on the total roof area of an average house is many times that required to provide all its heating and hot water.

However, we must note that there is a large difference between radiation available in the summer and that available in winter; also Active Solar Heating systems will typically convert 40 to 50% of solar energy falling on the solar collectors into useful heated water.

These factors must be taken into account in determining the optimum size for a system. The optimum angle to the sun is from 30° to 50° from horizontal. The optimum orientation is 5° west of south with a range from SE to SW being acceptable.

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OFTEC 13912  •   Gas Safe Register 1987  •   RECC 16397