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Published on July 17th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz


AquaSystem Makes Solar Thermal Accessible To The Masses

July 17th, 2008 by  


Earlier today, I had the opportunity to visit Intersolar US, the United States’ premier exhibition for solar technology. I learned about a variety of products that are revolutionizing the solar industry, and one of the most interesting was Paradigma’s AquaSystem.

The Aqua solar heating system, first introduced in 2004, works like an additional boiler with a selectable temperature. It is the only solar heating product on the market that can be connected to an existing heating system without any modification. Additionally, the AquaSystem does not require frost protection agents in the winter, as it is protected with warm water if temperatures drop below a certain level.

The technology is useful in any facility that requires large volumes of hot water with temperatures up to 130°C. Such facilities include apartment buildings, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, office buildings, spa facilities and open-air swimming pools—essentially, almost all the places where we live, work, and play.

Paradigma has already installed their technology in a wide array of locations spanning the globe. Their past projects include a subway washing facility on Coney Island, shopping malls in the United States, two prisons in New Zealand, and a residential tower in Abu Dhabi.

And the demand for the AquaSystem is growing rapidly—25,000 units have been sold as of early June. With increasing heating costs for businesses and consumers, the AquaSystem’s ability to save 50% of pump energy in comparison to conventional heating systems looks awfully tempting.

Photo Credit: ConSolaris


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About the Author

was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a senior editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine, and more. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

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