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Apricus ETC 30 Solar Hot Water Collector

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

Video Overview

Key Features
  • 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
  • No regular maintenance required
Energy Star
Energy Star
Recyclable Content (Post-Consumer)
Post-Consumer Recyclable Content
NZ-Owned Business
NZ-Owned Business
Scope of Use
  • 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
NZS 3604 Corrosion Zone D suitable
Corrosion Exposure Zone D
NZS 3604 Wind Zone Specific Design suitable
Specific Design Wind Zone
Zone 3 Thermal Suitability: Central North Island and South Island
Zone 3: Central North Island and South Island
Statement of Building Code Compliance
  • Clause B1/VM1
  • Clause G12/AS2
In-Service History

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:

New Zealand:

  • Calder Stewart, Milton
  • Genesis Energy, Hamilton
  • Otago University Dental School, Auckland campus
  • Summer Garden Apartments, Auckland


  • De Bortoli Winery
  • NSW Police HQ
  • Newcastle University


  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • US Army and Air Force bases
  • Boeing


  • 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)
  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Stainless steel
  • Borosilicate glass (pyrex glass, currently used for glass sand / aggregate

*Small amounts of rubber and mineral wool insulation are not currently recyclable.

G12 Water Supplies compliant
Water Supplies
Independent Assessment
Independent Assessment
Data Sheet: ETC 30 Solar Collector
Test Results
Apricus Eco Energy Specification Details
Specification Guide
Frame Options and Mounting Systems
Getting into Hot Water: A Guide to Lower Cost, Sustainable Hot Water
Apricus Live Monitoring

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