Solar collectors: Overview of all types with advantages and disadvantages
Collectors are the most important and visible part of every solar thermal system. They are usually installed on the roof, where they use the sunlight to heat water. Consumers can choose between different types of solar collectors. This overview for Solar Panels Claims presents the most important types and shows their advantages and disadvantages.
What is the function of solar collectors?
To gain heat from the sun’s rays, homeowners need three things: solar storage, a control unit, and solar collectors. In it, a so-called absorber collects the heat and releases it to a heat transfer medium. For most solar collectors, this is a water mixture. So easy, so ingenious. However, there are different types of solar collectors on the market from which the consumer must choose. This overview presents you the quality label “Solar Keymark” and the most important solar collectors: from the widespread flat collector over the tube collector up to niche variants like the hybrid collector or the air collector.
A flat collector is a solar collector with a flat, flat absorber surface. This is protected by a sturdy glass cover and housing. Flat plate collectors are the most common collector type in Germany. A significant advantage is the often good