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Dimplex is extending choices in solar thermal water heating, with the launch of the SOLC201 flat plate collector, which it says provides a cost-effective way to start enjoying low cost, low carbon hot water.

The SOLC201 is solar keymark approved, meaning that it will be eligible for the financial incentives available under the Renewable Heat Incentive.

A laser-welded meander absorber pipe with a highly selective coating means low pressure drop of the overall collector field, while a solar safety glass covering with 85 percent transmission allows the collector to absorb a large range of light frequencies for maximum efficiency. 30mm rear and side insulation holds on to the heat collected.

Suitable for connection of up to four panels in series, in horizontal or vertical orientation to suit the available roof space, the SOLC201 collector plate is of robust construction, with 3.2mm structured safety glass that has passed optional impact resistance tests.

To make specification easy, the SOLC201 collector is supplied with a choice of roof fixing kits for slate or tile roofs, or freestanding for flat roofs or ground level mounting. What’s more, the new collector can be combined with a choice of either the premium SOLPU1 pump station or the new cost effective SOLPU0 module, giving great flexibility to tailor to every installation’s system to exact requirements of performance and cost.

Compression fittings combined with a weight of just 29kg per panel when empty make installation straightforward. An aluminium, anthracite powder coated frame gives lightweight yet strong protection and blends unobtrusively with the roof.

For peace of mind, the SOLC201 collector is covered by a 10 year warranty.

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