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Solar Matic Future Enrgy Solutions
Product Information
Solarmatic is a Sydney based renewable energy company. We are dedicated to helping you generate clean, sustainable energy and saving you money at the same time.

We specialize in solar PV system design and installation, Solar hot water, natural light and many more energy saving products.

Our enthusiastic and experienced team will go the extra mile to help you find the best energy solutions for your home or business, using cutting edge design and the latest technologies, all at the best prices.

How do solar panels work?
During the daylight hours the photovoltaic cells within the solar panel capture the light and convert energy into a form of electricity known as direct current (DC). This current is then fed into an inverter where it is converted into a alternating current (AC) which can be safely used by the appliances in your home. Solar photovoltaic panels require only daylight, not necessarily sunlight, and are therefore capable of generating electricity even on cloudy days. Any surplus not used by you can be returned back to the national grid. With the Feed-In Tariff you will be paid for every kWh of electricity you generate.

How do solar hot water systems work?
Solar hot water systems work by using heat from the sun to warm your water.

Typically, heat is absorbed by your solar collectors, which are mounted on the side of your roof that has the most exposure to the sun (generally the north facing area of your roof). The heat directly warms the water in the collector and flows back to the storage tank pre heated.

Flat panel collectors with a tank on the roof (passive/thermosiphon systems)
A flat panel passive system has a tank which sits alongside the collector on the roof. The water is heated by either close-coupled or open circuit systems.

In close-coupled systems, the sun heats glycol contained in the collector. The glycol then flows up into the storage tank inside pipework where it transfers the thermal energy into the cold water stored in the tank. Glycol (or another liquid with a lower freezing point than water) is used to prevent ice damage to the collector. This system supplies heated water at mains pressure, so multiple taps can be turned on without greatly affecting the pressure. This option is cost effective but efficiency is reduced in cool climates.

In open circuit systems, water flows through the collector where it is heated by the sun, then it travels to the storage tank and into the pipes in your home. These systems are good in frost free areas that have good water quality. Harsh water can impact the life of these systems because of mineral build up and corrosion.

Passive solar hot water systems eliminate the need for space on the ground for a storage tank.

Flat panel collectors with a tank on the ground (active/split systems)
Flat panel active (or split) systems have the collector on the roof, and a storage tank on the ground.

Water is pumped through the collectors which mean these systems use more energy than passive systems, and heat loss can occur between the tank and the collector.