Overlooking the morning frosted Victorian Caulfield Racecourse from the warm confines of the luxurious members area, SMA Australia held its fifth Solar Academy Roadshow for the 2017 year. The aim of the roadshow is to share technical expertise and advance training for the industry’s latest trends and developments. The full day event also provides a chance for installers, engineers and designers to have their questions answered and to get up close and personal with the related products. Free networking drinks concluded the event.
With our latest range of domestic hot water heat pumps being solar PV ready, the STIEBEL ELTRON team were there to display the solar PV connectivity and other market leading functions of the WWK 222 and WWK 302. Our national sales manager, Glenn Day, presented on the benefits of using a hot water heat pump as an alternative thermal storage device instead of a conventional electric storage tank or a battery.
Now that solar feed-in tariffs have been considerably reduced, it makes sense to consume the energy generated by your solar PV system and not feed it into the grid. At the same time, it is important to be clever about how to use the generated electricity. In contrast to a conventional electric storage tank, the STIEBEL heat pump uses only a fraction of the energy to heat up the same amount of water. It is up to 74% more efficient and leaves enough power to run household appliances like your washing machine or dish washer. A smart energy management system such as the Sunny Home Manager from SMA ensures that the power generated is used – or stored – in the best possible way. Connecting solar PV to the WWK range heat pumps via a signal transmitter, the hot water temperature is raised from 61°C to 65°C. This increase in hot water temperature equates to less hot water required to meet desired usage temperatures and therefore offers additional savings.
Best of all, the WWK hot water heat pumps do not only come solar PV ready, they are also maintenance free thanks to a current impressed anode and they operate energy-efficiently in temperatures down to -5°C.
The SMA Solar Academy Roadshow is run several times a year across Australia. Attendees to the full day roadshow will be eligible for CPD points. To stay up to date, like STIEBEL ELTRON on Facebook below. If you have any questions regarding STIEBEL ELTRON’s solar PV ready hot water heat pumps, contact us on 1800 153 351.