Domestic Hot Water (Thermodynamic)
Unlike traditional systems which require the presence of sunlight to heat water, the Future Generation Energy thermodynamic heating system provides hot water day and night, by capturing not only direct solar radiation but also heat from the atmosphere (air, wind and even rain). This system doesn’t need sunlight or even daylight to work! The light and versatile panels can be installed facing any direction and — unlike almost all other solar heating water systems on the market — it can supply 100 per cent of your hot water needs.
Features of Thermodynamic systems:
- Save up to 80% on your water heating bills
- Provide hot water 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- Guarantees Hot Water for up to 6 people every day
- Low running costs (equivalent to a Domestic fridge)
- Short payback time
- Low maintenance
- Easy installation with minimum disruption
- Our system does not overheat in the summer, nor freeze in the winter
Further, our systems are suitable for new-builds and retro-fits and are ideally suited to the Irish climate, as they do not rely solely on sunlight. In fact, they perform particularly well in wind and rain.
Future Generation Energy’s thermodynamic systems come with a 300L tank (accommodating the needs of 6 adults per day) and panels that can be fitted on your roof or on an outside wall. Alternatively we can integrate existing systems and offer a tailor-made design to suit all of our customers.Download Brochure
What size tank do I need for a home with 6 people?
Our standard system comes with a 300L tank. This is enough to meet the needs of a home with up to 6 occupants.
I have an existing system in place; do I have to change my current tank?
The Future Generation Energy's thermodynamic system requires a high grade insulated stainless tank. If you have one already in place, we can retro-fit the new system using your stainless steel tank. Otherwise, we will have to install a new tank.
How often do I have to get it maintained?
Virtually no maintenance is necessary, but we do advise replacing the anode in the hot water tank annually. In the event of unforeseen maintenance being necessary, this can all be done from the site of the tank. There is never a need to access the roof!
Does it matter which way the panel faces?
We recommend the panel(s) face South, East or West preferably; but if it needs to face North, it loses efficiency by 2% only.
What is my return on the system?
The return on your investment is based on your energy consumption, typically 4-7 years.
Is the system noisy?
This is minimal. There is a background hum to the system, similar to that of a Domestic fridge.
Does the fluid in the panel have to be replaced
The panel has a refrigerant fluid which is ecological, non-corrosive, fireproof and resistant to low and high temperatures.
It never has to be replaced.
Does the system address possible contamination by bacteria such as Legionella?
In accordance with current EU legislation, the system has a function which allows the temperature to be automatically raised to 65 degrees Centigrade periodically, in order to treat bacteria such as Legionella.
How many panels will I need for my household?
Generally one panel serves up to 7 people in a household.
How much will this system cost me to run on an annual basis?
This will depend on the number of occupants in the household, but typically it costs €50 per person annually for all the hot water you need.
Are there grants available for the installation of Thermodynamic Heat Pumps for Hot Water?
Yes. You can avail of the Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) scheme for the installation of Thermodynamic Hot Water systems, which refunds the VAT to the house owner, through your Income Tax system, over an 18 month period. This system is linked to the Local Property Tax (LPT) no. of the property.