Solar thermal energy

Home Solutions Generating Solar thermal energy

Solar thermal energy is a sustainable and innovative energy solution that can meet the needs of many people simultaneously. This contributes to achieving CO2 neutrality and the transition away from natural gas.

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We’re Novar. We realise large-scale turnkey projects for solar power, energy storage, smart grids and more. Every asset we deliver will help develop your green energy system: from clean generation and storage to smart supply and management. For reliable, affordable energy. For your organisation’s sustainable goals. For an energy supply that evolves with you. We’ll handle every step of your energy transition.

Solar thermal energy

How does it work?

Solar collectors absorb sunlight when the sun shines. The collectors work just like solar panels, except that water flows through the collectors instead of cables. An innovative vacuum technology is used to heat the water that flows through the collectors to 85˚ Celsius. The water only reaches this temperature on sunny days, but we also have a solution for cloudy days in the winter.

Various parties believe that solar thermal energy is still at too early a stage in the Netherlands or that it is not even feasible. At Novar, we don’t believe in the impossible. We study new technologies and seek out innovations, and we’re not afraid of a challenge: we just fix it. The fact that the Dorkwerd solar thermal farm is now being built proves that mentality.

Novar is developing the largest solar thermal farm in the Netherlands in partnership with the property developer K3 and supplier TVP Solar. The 12-hectare solar thermal farm will soon supply 25% of all heat consumed by the 10,000 homes connected to the system. This technical and innovative solar project is being built at a former dredging depot in Dorkwerd near the city of Groningen. We will of course ensure that the solar thermal farm blends into the landscape and protects the local ecology.

Water tank as buffer

The water that has been heated by the sun is transferred through pipes to a large water tank, where we store heat. This storage tank acts as a buffer that allows homes to be heated in the evening and partially heated in the winter. We transfer the heat to the homes in two different ways: • directly from the solar collectors • from our buffer, the water tank

Heating grid

The heating grid is a network of pipes under the ground that we use to transport heat to homes and other buildings using hot water. This water is used to heat up homes and provide hot tap water.

Sustainable and innovative energy solution

Solar thermal energy is a sustainable and innovative energy solution that can meet the needs of many people simultaneously. This contributes to achieving CO2 neutrality and the transition away from natural gas.

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