Which heat transfer fluid should be used in a pressurized system with the SPRING panels ?
For a pressurized installation, do not use water from the municipal distribution system, as it contains chlorine which causes corrosion of metals and therefore of the heat exchanger of the panel (in the case of the Wave panel only), as well as the metal parts of the solar circuit in the machine room (copper fitting, brass, valves, the exchanger tank, etc). The use of mains water in the closed circuit can accelerate the formation of sludge in the circuit.
The heat transfer fluid must be a mixture of glycol and demineralized water. We cannot guarantee an installation that has not been commissioned with demineralized water.
Consequently we recommend using a pre-mixed glycol solution, which already contains demineralized water as well as antioxidants.
The percentage of glycol contained in the heat transfer fluid varies depending on the region. In France, it is required by law that the installer comply with the requirements of ENN1991 1-6 clause 220.127.116.11, which indicates the minimum temperature to be taken into account.
|Glycol concentration (% of volume)||25||30||35||40||45||50|
|Specific heat (Kj.kg-1.K-1) at 20°C||4||3,9||3,8||3,7||3,6||3,5|
|volumique mass( kg.dm3) at 20°C||1,023||1,028||1,032||1,037||1,040||1,044|
Note on Glycol lifetime:
SPRING panels have the advantage of having a stagnation temperature of 90°C, which is low compared to simple thermal panels. Thanks to this, the glycol is not overstressed and is not a victim of the caramelization effect, known in the case of thermal panels.
To date, our facilities over 10 years old have not needed glycol renewal.
To know more click on the following article : How is calculated the glycol volume and ratio in the software MyDualSun ?