The Solar + Electric system is also called a "Split System".
The "manifold" is the top of the Solar Hot Water system which is heated by the tubes which then heats the water.
Our Split systems ie Electric and Solar Assist tanks incorporate the manifold and an array of Evacuated Glass Tubes to heat the water in the tank.
We utilize a solar pump to circulate the water from the tank through the manifold and back to the tank.
The Evacuated Glass Tubes have a copper rod inside them, which has an special alcohol solution that boils at 40 degrees.
The sun heats the alcohol, which rises to heat the copper rods inside the tubes, which in turn heats the top of the system (called the manifold).
The heated water is then sent to the storage tank, via the manifold, using a solar pump (no electrics required).
When you don't have enough hot water such as wet weather or you have many guests, you can simply switch on the electric back-up system to top up your tanks with hot water when required.
For the average family, it is approximated that once your Solar Hot Water System is paid off, you would be saving roughly 80% - 90% OFF your hot water bill.
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