Lakewood, New Jersey (PRWEB) September 30, 2014
Manufacturer of solar thermal equipment, Aquatherm Industries, Inc., announced today worldwide installations of its solar swimming pool heaters to date have displaced a total of over 64 Billion Megawatts thermal (MWth), which can also be displayed as 64 Million Gigawatts thermal (GWth).
Both residential and commercial installations are included in the figure, which is based on lifetime production of over 2 million unglazed solar thermal collectors totaling over 100 million square foot of absorber area manufactured.
Collector performance ratings of 1,100 Btus per square foot are certified by the Florida Solar Energy Center, and were used to factor the cumulative production capacity of installations. Based on EPA estimates, and an average system lifespan of 15-years, solar pool heaters using Aquatherm’s tube-and-web collector design have offset over 12 million pounds of C02 – the equivalent of preventing 25 million barrels of oil or nearly 12 billion pounds of coal – from being burned for pool heating purposes.
The announcement comes on the heels of Aquatherm’s 25th anniversary, having been founded in July 1989. Beginning with its original flagship product, “Solar Industries,” which has been in continuous production since 1976, the company now produces seven distinctly different branded versions of its solar pool heaters, including “Ecosun” and “Ultrasun.”
“Though solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have seen a recent surge in consumer awareness which has been driven by government subsidies, the solar industry in the United States was started over 40 years ago with solar thermal technologies,” says Molly Friar, National Sales & Marketing Manager for Aquatherm. “Solar water heating, both for domestic use and swimming pool applications, has been a viable solution for offsetting fossil-fuel use for a long time, and the numbers show that.”