Our team at Air Energy loves a challenge, and our willingness to go above and beyond to bring our customers world-standard products has made us a leading supplier of compressed air systems, fittings, and a variety of synthetic and stainless steel pipe Australia wide. As we move towards the phasing out of fossil fuels in favor of renewable energy sources, the next decade is set to be an exciting and challenging time for us and the HVAC industry as a whole.
The most significant and pressing goal currently in place is the stated aim of the European Parliament to bring about a 55% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, with the end goal of reaching 0 carbon emissions by 2050. In order to make this happen, we need to explore all the renewable energy sources at our disposal. One of the most promising options currently on the table is thermal solar power. In this blog, we look at how thermal solar power works, its benefits for the HVAC industry, and why steel pressfittings offer the best system to facilitate the transition.
Solar power has long been considered one of the most efficient, cost-effective, and truly green alternative energy sources. The modern solar panel was invented in 1958, and over the following decades, solar power technology spread around the world. Today, it is commonly used for many industrial and residential applications.
Over the last two decades, the technology used to generate and distribute solar power has made huge strides, and the cost of solar panels has dropped significantly while their efficiency has improved and the list of applications to which they are suited has grown. Thermal solar power was previously limited to heating a household’s water supply, but today it used to fulfil many different functions. Through the use of specialised chemicals and inverter cooling technology, solar thermal power can now be effectively used to cool as well as heat buildings.
With the sun providing a virtually limitless supply of energy, thermal solar power will be able to augment and then entirely usurp traditional energy sources between now and 2030.
The pipes in thermal solar energy systems are required to transport fluids at extremely high temperatures, making them subject to constant thermal expansion. This makes them unsuitable for use with copper pipes, which will deteriorate quickly. Stainless steel is much better suited to withstand thermal expansion and is generally more durable than copper and other materials. Properly maintained, a stainless steel system can last many decades with no serious malfunction.
Pressfitting systems are fast and easy to assemble, and unlike other types of systems that require welding, they do not use an open flame. This is especially beneficial for solar thermal power systems, which often carry highly flammable fluids. Our Eurotubi pressfittings are available in a wide variety of sizes and with differing thread and nut configurations. The right component will also depend on the maximum temperature of the system and whether there is steam present.
We take our responsibility to the environment seriously, and we are committed to delivering the most innovative, efficient, and eco-friendly HVAC solutions anywhere on the market. To find out more about our range of compressed air systems and other products, contact us on (03) 9765 5600.