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An Austrian company is looking for distribution partners for a new all-in-one-compact solar heater

Country of origin:
Country: 
AUSTRIA
Opportunity:
External Id: 
BOAT20200701001
Published
02/07/2020
Last update
19/08/2020
Expiration date
20/08/2021

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Heat storage
Solar/Thermal energy
Solar/Thermal energy
Manufacture of electronic components
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Summary

Summary: 
An Austrian company is one of the world‘s largest thermal flat-plate-collector manufacturers and has developed a new solar heater. The plug and play system is lightweight for easy handling, less expensive and provides sustainably treated hot water. The complete system is an all-in-one-compact solar and intelligent fresh water system. With the unique design it offers different mounting possibilities. The company is looking for distributors and agents for the new product to capture new markets.

Description

Description: 

Inspired by the characteristics of the sun-loving gecko, an Austrian producer of solar thermal collectors has developed an advanced solar heater for hot water. The solar heater provides sustainably treated hot water at the best price and is the perfect symbiosis of innovation, design and usability.

It is a unique and completely new solar system. By integrating the heat carrier tank into the insulation, which includes all supporting components at the same time, the most compact solar system available on the market was created.

Due to the small number of components, the system is virtually maintenance-free. The heart of the system is the heat storage tank. It contains 150 liters of heat transfer fluid. This heat transfer fluid is a mixture of anti-corrosion liquid mixed with water which has been already prefilled to the system.

The special solar coating on the surface of the tank causes the heat transfer fluid in the tank to be heated when exposed to the sunlight. The incident solar energy is released directly without line losses to the water. This means the system provides 150 litres of heat transfer fluid during the day up to 85 degrees Celsius (depending on climate zone and local environment).

This tank also hosts the precisely dimensioned (19 m long) heat exchanger which carries the actual potable water. Connected to the house water pipe, the tank is flowed through with the tap water. If water is tapped, it will heat up as it flows through the heat exchanger and hot water will be available.

With the downstream mixing valve, the water will be mixed down to the desired temperature. Depending on the environment and temperature of the system, up to 200 litres of water with 40 degrees Celsius will be available.

To maintain the temperature in the tank, it is encased with up to 50 mm thick insulation of high-quality extended polypropylene foam (EPP). This insulation also takes over the holding function for the highly transparent and UV resistant cover insulation and the solar safety glass.

In addition to the attractive design the solar heater also has an excellent simple hydraulic integration. The high-pressure resistance up to 10 bar opens many application and installation possibilities. The company supplies a safety non-return valve as standard with the product.

Technical Data:
• Dimension: 2220mm x 920mm x 190mm
• Gross area / net area: 2,05m² / 1,68m²
• Weight heater empty: 56 kg (single AR glass)
• Thermal insulation: 0,036 W/mK (watts per metre times Kelvin)
• Buffer tank capacity: 150l
• Volume heat exchanger: 9,2l

Connection possibilities:
• Only solar, no supplied energy
• In serial with existing electrical or gas boiler
• Connected serial with electrical flow heater

The CO2 saving of one system corresponds to 100 huge planted trees and can reduce energy costs for hot water up to 80% percent. Depending on the climate environment.

The Austrian company is looking for partners for commercial agency and distribution services agreements. The distribution partners and retailer should be active in the solar heating sector. Sales agencies should be specialised in solar products and installation. They want to tap into new markets with experienced partners in this industry especially in the South of Europe.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
The system stands out advantageously from the competitors through the following aspects. Innovative complete system: • All-in-one-compact solar water system • Intelligent fresh water system • Unique design for aesthetic roof integration Flexible and user-friendly • Fast and easy to install • Plug and play system • Light weight for easy handling • Flat or parallel roof mounting Economic and sustainability • Cost and energy efficient • Excellent performance • Low cost price • Short payback period • Reduced transport costs & intelligent packaging Through the integration of the heat carrier tank into the insulation the most compact solar system compared to the competitors was developed.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The company is looking for: * distribution partners and retailer active in the solar heating sector * sales agencies specialised in solar products and installation The focus countries in Europe are Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Malta, and Cyprus. Furthermore distribution partners in Chile, Argentina and Brazil are sought.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500

Dissemination

Dissemination sector group : 
Dissemination preferred : 
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain

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