Aquatherm Industries, Inc. announced today it has set a record in unglazed solar thermal performance with its flagship brand of solar pool heaters, Ecosun®. The collector was tested at TÜV Rheinland PTL in Tempe, Arizona in accordance with the ISO 9806 Standard and performance certified by the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) at the University of Central Florida.
With an unprecedented FSEC performance rating of 1,100 Btus per square foot per day, Ecosun becomes the highest rated solar pool heating collector to ever be certified by the Florida Solar Energy Center.
Ecosun joins a growing list of solar thermal collectors being tested to ISO 9806 standards, as it gains popularity over the outdated ASHRAE 9680 standards. The key difference between the ISO 9806 testing standard and its predecessor stems from a more controlled testing environment. The ASHRAE 9680 standard only allowed wind speeds up to 3 mph across the surface of the solar collector. Because of this, a collectors rating could vary greatly from test to test, depending on the wind speed during testing.
Conversely, ISO 9806 standards measure performance at three preset wind speeds in order to most accurately model real-world performance. Performance ratings are then determined by using a weighted average of these wind speeds at various thermal efficiencies.
The world’s first true “hybrid” solar pool heatingcollector, Ecosun combines maximum surface area and thermal performance with the wind-load relief of a vented collector. A number of unique features contribute to Ecosun’s rating, including a fluted tube-and-web design that increases the collector’s surface area by 10%; a patented ventilation system that activates only when required; and a direct-feed, metered-flow manifold for balanced flow and optimized heat gain throughout the entire system.
When installed using Aquatherm’s stainless steel Eagle Claw® mounting components, the Ecosun Solar Pool Heater provides a superior heating performance for even the most demanding pool owner. Ecosun is available in either a 1.5” or 2” design, for both residential and commercial pool heating applications.
Aquatherm Industries is the largest manufacturer of solar pool heating systems in the United States, the only U.S. manufacturer of NSF listed solar pool heaters, and the only U.S. solar collector manufacturer to achieve the ISO 9001:2008 quality standard. Aquatherm manufactures several of the industry’s leading brands of solar pool heating collectors, including the Solar Industries, Ecosun and Ultrasun solar pool heating collectors.
Aquatherm’s entire manufacturing process takes place at its 50,000-square foot technology center in Lakewood, NJ – the most modern facility of its kind in the world. For more information on Aquatherm Industries, its products or its dealer network, contact Molly Friar, Aquatherm’s Sales & Marketing Manager at 1-800-535-6307, extension 226.