Thermal solar panels

Solar panels catch the energy of the sun and use it to produce hot water (up to 60/70°C) which collected in an ad hoc tank, can be used both for household (i.e. for household and water heating) and industrial purposes, as well as for the production of electric energy on a large scale through thermoelectric solar plants.
There are different types of solar thermal plants:

  • Plate panels
  • Concentration collectors
  • Vacuum-pipe collectors

Special reports

From the Multimedia section


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