The Apricus ETC 30 can be installed on any house, building or facility that uses hot water, providing renewable, zero emission solar heated water.
The Apricus ETC 30 will significantly reduce the environmental impact, energy use and cost of domestic hot water. The complete system will provide at least 75% of the annual hot water use in an individual home. Apricus solar hot water systems provide guaranteed hot water, whatever the weather, using back-up energy sources when required.
The system can make a significant contribution to Homestar and Greenstar points (EHC-5 & ENE-1)
ETC30 Collectors are used singly for individual homes and in multiple arrays for any larger building that requires hot water; for example, apartments or a hospital.
The Apricus ETC 30 is comprised of:
Evacuated glass tubes
Copper heat pipes and internal manifold
PVDF coated aluminium manifold case
Anodised aluminium frame with 316 SS fixings
High efficiency, evacuated tube, solar thermal collector — 70% peak efficiency
Suitable for residential and commercial projects at any scale
Very high output to roof area required: 2kW peak using 4.4m² roof area (2.2m x 2.05m) compared to an average 13m2 for comparable output photovoltaic array
Slimline profile - height 0.136m
Comprehensive 10 year warranty (15 years some parts)
Suitable for all wind zones — cyclone rated, marine grade mounting frame and fasteners
Mounting system for all roof types, angles and materials
Simple, standardised frost free and over temperature operation
Light weight — roof loading of 21.2kg/m2, so requires no additional structural roof engineering
Suitable for domestic hot water for detached houses, townhouses and apartments, as well as commercial buildings
Collectors can be installed on all roof types — see frame and mounting options
Suitable for all wind and climate zones
Achieves maximum performance allowed under G12 AS2. Installations outside of the scope of G12 will require specific design from the Apricus design team.
Limitations on Use
Must not be installed facing away from the sun (south east to south west) or in a location with significant amounts of shading between the hours of 10am and 3pm
Requires supplementary energy (electricity, gas, solid fuel) for water heating during winter and periods of poor solar energy
For Climate Zone 3B additional protection to cover severe frosts and potential power outages is recommended
Not generally suitable for heating swimming pools, space heating, or for infrequently occupied dwellings such as a batch/crib
Statement of Building Code Compliance
The Apricus ETC 30 Collectors have been installed in thousands of residential projects including stand alone homes, townhouses and apartments in New Zealand and in other countries since 2003.
The Apricus ETC 30 Collectors are used in a range of commercial projects in New Zealand and internationally:
Calder Stewart, Milton
Genesis Energy, Hamilton
Otago University Dental School, Auckland campus
Summer Garden Apartments, Auckland
De Bortoli Winery
NSW Police HQ
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
University of California, Los Angeles
US Army and Air Force bases
Aljamea Tus Saiﬁyah Islamic Academy
Other Performance Attributes
Tested to all leading international solar certifications:
NZ and Australia — AS/NZS 2712:2007 & AS/NZS 2535.1:2007 (100633)
Europe — Solarkeymark (011-7S2323R)
USA — SRCC OG-100 (10001909)
Global — ISO 9001:2008 (100633) manufacturing process
Manufacturing facilities inspected and audited by national government renewable energy agencies from South Korea and United Arab Emirates, Dubai
Performance modelling of complete systems using internationally certified Polysun for all commercial systems
Residential systems awarded high level of Australian Small-scale Technology Certificates (27 to 46 STCs)
10 year warranty for ETC30 Collector
15 year warranty for ETC30 frame and internal manifold
No regular maintenance required, however annual, visual inspections are encouraged
Careful cradle to cradle design means the Apricus ETC 30 Collectors can be fully refurbished after the initial 20 year lifespan. The evacuated tubes are simply replaced with new tubes, while the collector remains on the roof, in service and fully commissioned during this process.
At the end of life the Apricus ETC 30 Collectors are almost* 100% recyclable:
Aluminium (anodised and PVDF coasted)
Borosilicate glass (pyrex glass, currently used for glass sand / aggregate
*Small amounts of rubber and mineral wool insulation are not currently recyclable.