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Hybrid solar collectors gaining traction

Recent releases combine flat plates and evacuated tubes for better performance-to-price ratios.



  • Hybrid designs: Several solar collector suppliers in China are integrating flat plates and evacuated tubes in a single structure. In such products, the former systems warm the water to a certain temperature, while the vacuum-tube structure makes it hotter. This arrangement combines the advantages of the two systems.
  • Product upgrades: To boost the efficiency of conventional and hybrid models, a few enterprises are employing titanium-nitride-oxide and Bluetec coatings, which have better absorption and lower emission ratings than traditional options. For insulation, 50mm-thick PU foam is utilized to reduce heat loss. Designs employing these technologies feature efficiency levels exceeding 50 percent even in -50 C conditions.
  • More durable structures: Ultrasonic and laser welding systems are used to ensure products can withstand various environments. Most designs are resistant to 25mm-diameter hail stones.
  • Sales outlook: In 2H12, suppliers see revenue from overseas shipments growing 15 to 20 percent YoY amid strong demand for ‘green’ products.
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