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Towards Antarctica

In September 2015 we were retained by a client to engineer and ruggedize two SolarSheat 1000GS system for use in a project in Antarctica.  We plan on marketing this product for extreme climate and military applications. 

We named this project SolarSheat Extreme.  

SolarSheat 1000GS with outer perimeter insulation all sides 

SolarSheat 1000GS with outer perimeter insulation all sides 

We used additional 3/4 inch poly iso board on the external channels and all sides. The side profile was covered with powder coated sheet aluminum with the ends being covered by the SolarSheat mounting system.  

Aluminum plate with 5 inch holes for penetration. Mounts attached for fit. 

Aluminum plate with 5 inch holes for penetration. Mounts attached for fit. 

For high performance and to provide an unbreakable lense we utilized an 8mm triple wall high quality UV rated lense.  This offers maximum performance and an unbreakable product.

8 mm triple wall poly-carbonate lense for extreme climate and flashed covered sides. 

8 mm triple wall poly-carbonate lense for extreme climate and flashed covered sides. 

SolarSheat 1000GS Extreme on ground mount stand 

SolarSheat 1000GS Extreme on ground mount stand 

SolarSheat at 11350 ft!

This week’s latest installation is a SolarSheat 1500GS-DC with two fans installed at 11350 ft. on the Broome Hut in the back country mountains for grandhuts.org. Grand Huts is a non profit organization preserving the backcountry with a system of eco-friendly huts that can be used year-round for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, biking and other non-motorized outdoor pursuits by diverse populations. GHA will promote outdoor education by providing a venue for teaching safety, wise use and enjoyment of wilderness and national forest lands. The SolarSheat 1500GS is heating the washroom. Everything had to be loaded and flown in by helicopter. Thank you Andy for the great picture and installation.  

1500GS-AC Roof installation in Bradford, Ontario

A 1500GS-AC installation roof mounted in Bradford Ontario done over the last weekend. The home owner had to move the intake up the roof because the attic outside wall would have interfered with the penetration. Silver jacket wrap was used to insulate the outside 5 inch pipe and wrapped twice to give an R8 insulated jacket. 

1500GS-AC roof mount 

1500GS-AC roof mount 

Side profile 1500GS-AC roof mount 

Side profile 1500GS-AC roof mount 

A single collector roof stand at a 60 degree slope was used with flashing cones.  Threaded rod employed for roof penetration on each unitstrut foot. 

Inside the attic 6" rigid ductwork was used to gain maximum flow along with a 110 v powered AC fan and controls. 

1500GS-AC attic installation 

1500GS-AC attic installation 

Intake penetration attic with 3/8 threaded rod with cross member support

Intake penetration attic with 3/8 threaded rod with cross member support


CORE College

I spoke yesterday at CORE College (College of Renewable Energy) in New Castle Ontario. Phil Coulter who runs the school had me speak in front of his current class of solar students.  Outside Keith an instructor from the school shot a picture of me in front of a 1500G SolarSheat I donated to the school a few years ago. Looks like new!  Thank you CORE. 

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Solar heating in a cold climate

November is here and the SolarSheat is designed for winter time heating right here in Ontario. In fact, we have installations as far north as Greenland. The system is insulated and can withstand cold days. Of course the outside temperature can impact performance, but when you look at the climate data for any region the averages more than support our product.  Are you SolarSheat ready this winter?