The solar collector
The Imagination solar collector is fully compliant with all British and
European standards, including BS EN 12975. It is particularly attractive
when roof integrated, but can be mounted on a framework above the roof, or
on a flat roof. This means the panel is actually recessed into the roof,
rather than sitting on top of the tiles. This provides an attractive low
profile appearance, very similar to a low lying 'Velux' window.
Installing the panel into the roof is very
simple and can be done in a day. The tiles are removed, the panel is laid on
the roof battens and the tiles are put back to the edge of the panel in a
The solar panel has a highly transparent,
virtually unbreakable polycarbonate cover which has been treated to ensure long
life. Behind this is the solar absorber which is made of 0.2 mm copper sheet,
covered with a black chromium oxide selective layer, and behind the absorber is
50mm of insulation.
As a result of these measures almost all the
solar energy is absorbed and radiation losses are reduced to a minimum,
ensuring high efficiency.
A kit is available for mounting the panels at
an angle on flat roofs. (see an
the panel is recessed into the
roof, rather than sitting on top of the tiles