Solamander Hydronic Energy Hub

Solar Integration

The Solamander® Hydronic Energy Hub is a sustainable, all-in-one system that’s simple in concept, yet sophisticated in performance. Solamander® is an integrated and innovative energy solution that prioritises renewable energy sources for a variety of energy uses in your home.

The Solamander Hydronic Energy Hub achieves an optimum and pleasant indoor environment with comfort heating on demand throughout the year.

Solar Integration

This system has been designed to be an environmentally sound and sustainable solution that offsets household greenhouse gas emissions and allows residential home owners to get one step closer to a carbon neutral house.

The system can prioritise renewable energy sources over non-renewable energy sources to ensure minimal energy wastage. The prioritisation of renewable energy sources like solar power reduces the energy costs associated with domestic hot water and other heating related utility bills.

The Solamander system won the Regional Award for Innovation through the NSW Business Chamber and was also recognised as a Finalist for the Innovation Award through Architecture & Design Sustainability Awards

Features & Benefits

SUSTAINABLE

Efficient use of renewables
Incorporates domestic heating needs
Lowers running costs
Lowers carbon emissions

INTUITIVE

Able to prioritise renewable energy sources first followed by the non-renewable energy sources if required. Also prioritises hot temperatures for domestic hot water and radiator heating over floor heating which requires lower temperatures for effective operation.

Prioritises:

High temperatures for DHW and radiators first
Low temperatures for floor heating
Renewable choices: i.e. Solar and Wet Back
Non-renewable choices: i.e. Heat Pump over Gas Boiler
Algorithms control the entire system, which enables customised configurations

CUSTOMIZABLE

Can be configured for individual installations.

Heat Sources: Solar, Wet Back, Heat Pump, Gas Boiler
Buffer Storage: Tank, Floor Heating
Heat Uses: DHW, Radiators, Floor Heating, Pool Heating
Tank sized for application

INFORMATIVE

Can log run times for each component and capture data on a regular basis that can be easily downloaded to give the end user insight into how much energy is being saved.

Logs run times for each component
Captures data
Downloads data onto USB drive for review and analysis

CUSTOMIZABLE

All components are managed by the controller. It can be connected to a home automation system allowing the end user to change modes and setup heating times through their home automation system. Please note that a home automation system is not, however, required.

USER FRIENDLY

Can log run times for each component and capture data on a regular basis that can be easily downloaded to give the end user insight into how much energy is being saved.

Offers a large, well lit, digital touch screen interface that gives superior usability and accurate control for optimum system performance and comfort.

Program configuration is simple and straightforward and user manuals are rarely required with the additional support of the ‘Help’ button that elaborates on each setting. Online and over the phone support is also available if required.

SAFE:

Supplied with allowable settings and operating ranges to provide the end user with the ability to optimise their system within safe operating parameters.

All components are managed by the controller. It can be connected to a home automation system allowing the end user to change modes and setup heating times through their home automation system. Please note that a home automation system is not, however, required.

Controller safety parameters

Allowable settings
Safe operating ranges
Restore factory settings

Hydronic system safety features

Pressure relief valves
Expansion tanks
Backflow preventers

System Animations

YOUR INTUITIVE ENERGY SOLUTION

‘A sustainable, all-in-one system that’s simple in concept, yet sophisticated in performance!’ Solamander® is an integrated and innovative energy solution that prioritises renewable energy sources for a variety of energy uses in your home.

SUSTAINABLE COMFORT LIVING

The Hydronic Energy Hub – Reduce your carbon footprint and get one step closer to a carbon neutral home!

The Solamander Hydronic Energy Hub achieves an optimum and pleasant indoor environment with comfort heating on demand throughout the year. This system has been designed to be an environmentally sound and sustainable solution that offsets household greenhouse gas emissions and allows residential home owners to get one step closer to a carbon neutral house.

The system can prioritise renewable energy sources over non renewable energy sources to ensure minimal energy wastage. The prioritisation of renewable energy sources like solar power reduces the energy costs associated with domestic hot water and other heating related utility bills.

The Solamander® Hydronic Energy Hub achieves an optimum and pleasant indoor environment with comfort heating on demand throughout the year.

This system has been designed to be an environmentally sound and sustainable solution that offsets household greenhouse gas emissions and allows residential home owners to get one step closer to a carbon neutral house.

The system can prioritise renewable energy sources (solar panels/wetbacks) over non-renewable energy sources (gas boilers/heat pumps) to ensure minimal energy wastage.

This energy is then directed to radiators, hydronic floor heating, domestic hot water and pool heating. The prioritisation of renewable energy sources like solar power reduces the energy costs associated with domestic hot water and other energy related utility bills.

Solamander® Hydronic Energy Hub: FULL SYSTEM

Solamander® Hydronic Energy Hub: Solar to hydronic floor only

Solamander® Hydronic Energy Hub: Solar to tank only

Solamander® Hydronic Energy Hub: Boiler to tank only

A Variety of Energy Uses & Energy Sources

Renewable & Non-Renewable

The Hydronic Energy Hub is an integrated solution that uses multiple renewable energy sources (solar and/or wetbacks) and non-renewable energy sources (electricity and/or gas) for a variety of energy uses and heating purposes.

All energy sources and uses must be configured on the controller appropriately to system requirements.

Energy Uses – For all your domestic heating needs!

Domestic Hot Water (DHW) – Delivered via a buffer storage tank with a heat exchange coil to transfer energy to the water in the tank
Pool/Spa Heating – Delivered via a titanium plate heat exchanger to the pool and/or spa. A heat dump (for energy that cannot be used or stored) is required for the system in the instance that a swimming pool is not available.
Hydronic Radiator Heating – Appropriate feed pipe system and zone controls required.
Hydronic Floor Heating – Appropriate feed pipe and manifold systems with zone controls required. Our partner brands including Danfoss controls and Rehau pipe are recommended, however, other systems can be used provided they are configured appropriately.

Unique Features

Direct Action – All space heating in this system (radiator and floor heating) is achieved via direct action with energy coming directly from a heat pump or gas boiler rather than by indirect energy transfer. This direct action minimises energy losses and in the case where solar gain is available while heating is demanded, the system uses this free energy to pre-heat the boiler or heat pump, thereby reducing its energy consumption.
Buffer Floor Heating – A designated floor area acts as a heat storage in a similar way to the buffer water tank. Once the DHW tank is full to its thermal capacity, excess renewable energy is delivered to this buffer floor heating area and stored there for ongoing heating needs.
Optimal solar or wet back harvesting – The system uses special flow regulating valves that can deliver water at a high, pre-defined temperature from the solar panels or wet back. As the solar panels heat up the water flow is increased through the panels maintaining a constant temperature of 75°C into the system. This means a steady flow of energy that always has a high utility valve. * Can be adjusted via the controller within set limits.
Prioritisation of Heat Uses – The system prioritises the use of high temperature water for DHW & Radiator heating over hydronic floor which requires lower temperatures for effective operation.

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Typical System Design

4 solar panels (88 evacuated tubes)
Radiators
Hydronic Radiator Heating – Appropriate feed pipe system and zone controls required.
Floor Heating
30 kW Gas Boiler
Connection to Radiator Heating & Floor Heating
Titanium plate heat exchanger (for connection to Pool)
Hub
Controller
Installation

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Hub Dimensions & Mounting

The Solamander® hub has been designed for simple installation. The hub piping is attached to an Alupanel sheet that comes in two pieces for easy installation and transportation.

Pre-drilled holes are located in each corner of the hub to allow for roofing screws should it be mounted to timber. Dynabolts are available if mounting the hub to a concrete or brick surface. The hub is connected using 20mm unions located at the top and bottom of the back panel.

Suggested mounting locations include the plant room walls/ceilings, garage walls/ceilings and external walls. If boxing in the hub with joinery, then access needs to be provided for maintenance purposes, which could be through a screw removable cover.

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The Hydronic Energy Hub Controller

The Solamander® Hydronic Energy Hub has a unique controller programming logic with algorithms whose patent is currently pending approval. This controller offers exceptional versatility and functionality of the entire system and each of its energy sources and uses.

The Hydronic Energy Hub Controller is designed specifically for the Solamander®system and it enables the installer and end user to configure their system as they wish, to meet their particular requirements. The one controller can readily handle a multitude of combinations!

The intelligent Hydronic Energy Hub Controller allows the system to prioritise energy sources and optimise renewable over non-renewable sources. It is highly customisable and can ensure a change in priorities if energy costs change.

Background & Investment

At Devex Systems we pride ourselves on offering high quality, cost effective solutions for our customers. With the volatility in gas and electricity prices and long-standing upward trend in utility bills, we understand the importance of offering a solution that is affordable to the end user.

Solamander™ has been designed to offer significant energy savings through the prioritisation of renewable energy sources. This system has an attractive payback period with a lower upfront investment than most other integrated solar heating solutions on the market.

Partners

The Solamander® Hydronic Energy Hub is manufactured using components from long-standing, reputable partners to ensure only the best in quality and workmanship:

Service & Support