Super plants planted by a super company!

Scientists at the Royal horticultural society (RHS) have concluded a study that has placed the Cottoneaster Franchetti as a super plant. The hairy leafed bush which is often used as a border or hedge in domestic gardens is 20% more effective at sucking air pollution than other shrubs when placed near heavy polluting traffic and pollution emitters.
Emma Dwyer, installations manager at Solartherm UK, part of silvercrest Energy ltd said “ from what we understand from the RHS study, a one metre length of one meter high dense hedge can mop up the same amount of air pollution that a car emits on a 500mile journey. The staff at Solartherm UK are planning to plant a 100m run of Cottoneaster alongside the A1235, which is a busy section of dual lane motorway leading up to our premises at Winstanley way”
Solartherm UK are also busy contacting Basildon Council and land owners around the same stretch of road way for permission to continue the hedge row scheme along other se rooms of the motorway.
If you would like to get involved with the planting scheme please get in touch as your help would be most welcomed.
T: 01268 552868

Air Source Heat Pump Installation

Theydon Bois – New build

Here we see another installation of an ASHP (Air source heat pump) buffer vessel, and H/W high efficiency cylinder.

These works are being undertaken to a high-end refurbishment project on behalf of the builder and clients.

UFH (16mm barrier pipe supplied by The solar and heat store.com) on the ground floor, and stainless steel spreader plates on the 1st floor.

2 x manifolds, and a WiFi smart control room thermostat system.

We also have 4.5kw of Solar PV on the roof, providing some 4380 kWh of useable electricity, almost completely offsetting the average daytime requirement of the heating system.

 

Total contract value – £25k inc vat

Days on site – 9

New project sees Silvercrest Energy roll out a new Social Energy utility contract in partnership with UKPN (UK Power Networks) 

Green energy supplier Silvercrest Energy Ltd along with Social Energy, the utility supplier is launching a new project today to spur the development of a smart energy grid in southern England, working with electricity distributor UK Power Networks to enable around 100 homes to return stored energy back to the grid.

Energy customers participating in the programme will have a battery installed in their homes that will be used by the energy network to send extra power to the National grid at times of peak demand, as part of UK Power Networks’ flexibility services programme.

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Domestic Voltage optimisation

What is it? How much is it, what does it do? & a WARNING! 
Energy isn’t the same as power. If you reduce the voltage to the circuit to your kettle it will use the same amount of energy to boil the water, it will just take a little longer. The same applies to your oven heating up, or your washing machine heating the water. When used in a domestic Solar PV installation, Voltage optimisers are largely installed to compensate for the deficiencies in the poorly designed grid-tie inverters we find when retrofitting or repairing systems by others, those inverters that can’t handle the normal variations and surges in the LV distribution network.

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Are solar panels worth it in the UK?

By joining over 1 million UK homeowners who have switched to solar panels for their energy, you can help to pave the way for a brighter future. The way that we use energy is changing as we move away from polluting fossil fuels. With solar panels for your home, you have the opportunity to generate your own guilt-free energy, giving you independence from the UK National Grid.

A solar panel system will generate plenty of free energy for you to use. The more solar energy you can use in the day to power your home, the less you will need to draw from the UK National Grid, saving you hundreds of pounds a year. Solar panels may also increase the value of your home; a property with a great energy efficiency rating and low energy bills is a hugely attractive feature for potential buyers.

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How to choose a reliable UK solar panel installer

It is really important that you choose a qualified, reliable electrician to install your solar panels to ensure that your system works to its maximum power and that the electrical wiring is safely installed within your home. Here’s a few things to look out for when choosing a UK installer of solar panels:

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How do solar panels work?

Simply put, UK solar panels work by capturing the sun’s energy and turning it into electricity for your home. This 4-part guide explains each component of a solar panel system in a little more detail.

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SolarEdge PV Upgrade

solaredge PV upgrade

SolarEdge power optimizers perform MPP tracking for each module individually and therefore extract the maximum energy from each module, regardless of other modules in the string.
For existing solar installations that suffer from mismatch-related power losses, SolarEdge offers two optional retrofit configurations:

Module Level Power Optimization

Add a power optimizer to each module for added energy through module-level MPPT. There is no need for additional hardware or inverter replacement.

Smart Module

In addition to power optimizers install the SolarEdge Safety and Monitoring Interface to enable:

  • Added energy through module-level MPPT
  • Enhanced maintenance through module-level monitoring
  • Automatic module level DC safety

SolarEdge Retrofit Products

  • Power optimizer –  with independent optimization technology IndOP™
  • Safety and Monitoring Interface – the SolarEdge Safety & Monitoring Interface for module-level monitoring and safety retrofitted systems
  • SolarEdge Key – commissioning tool that is used to enable power optimizers to work with non-SolarEdge inverters without installing any additional hardware