Maximum efficiency from solar

In one of the UK’s largest solar domestic hot water systems to date, 60 auroTHERM VTK1140 evacuated tube collectors, giving 120sq m of absorber area, have been installed at a new leisure and sports facility at Uppingham School in Rutland. This vast solar field is now providing hot water for the students at Uppingham when they shower after rugby and a range of other sports at the new sports complex.

As this was a challenging installation, Vaillant provided the overall design of the system. Its design engineers worked closely with the school and the installer, Barrier Energy Ltd, to ensure that the system, one of the largest arrays on a single system was designed for maximum efficiency and trouble free operation in the future. 

Kevin Johnson, Director of Barrier Energy, commented: “This was the largest project we’d worked on in the UK, and the technical support from Vaillant was outstanding. Thanks to them we didn’t have any problems, because they were highly knowledgeable and very helpful. We use Vaillant products in about 95% of our projects because we’ve found their products and technical advice to be in a league above other manufacturers.”

In line with the school’s aim of being greener and more energy efficient, the new solar installation will make a significant contribution towards reducing the energy bills for domestic hot water, as well as helping to cut Uppingham School’s carbon footprint. As well as fundraising to help meet the cost, the school also received Low Carbon Buildings Programme funding in order to install the solar system, which is now providing plentiful hot water.

Former pupils of the school include chef Rick Stein, Harry Judd of McFly, property expert Phil Spencer and actor and author Stephen Fry. Actor Hugh Jackman was a teacher at the school during a gap year.

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