The Premium Apricus Evacuated Tube system – Gas Boosted with a quality Stainless Steel Tank. Great Australian technology, manufactured here and exported around the world. The most efficient solar hot water system also carries an industry leading 15 year warranty on roof components and 15-year tank warranty.
Apricus solar collectors use high efficiency twin-glass evacuated tubes to absorb solar energy and convert it into usable heat. Freeze protected heat pipes transfer heat from within the evacuated tube up to an insulated copper header pipe through which a heat transfer liquid is circulated.
Suitable for domestic or commercial applications, Apricus solar collectors maintain strong efficiency levels even in challenging cold regions and high temperature locations.
Use the household size menu above to see the indicative price of a suitably pre-configured system. More details are also in the Specifications page.
* Rebate price will vary based on postcode. State or Council rebates may also be available (eg VEECS in Victoria).
Apricus is the only distributor of evacuated tube technology in the Australian market place that owns its own manufacturing facility, has a team of dedicated in-house engineers working on product design and innovation. Apricus supply their product to over 30 countries around the world.
Complete systems are customised for you by G Store from the following components:
- Apricus 22, 30 or 40 Manifolds
- 22, 30, 40 or 44 Evacuated Tubes and Heat Pipes
- Standard pitch frame with optional frames also available for a flat or low pitched roof
- Circulating Pump
- Solar Controller
- A 250, 315 or 400 Litre Stainless Steel water storage tank
- A 26 or 32 litre per minute instantaneous gas booster
- Solar Tempering Valve and check valve
In areas where natural gas or LPG bottle gas is available the Apricus gas boosted solar hot water system is an extremely efficient choice.
The solar collector heats the water in the tank. If the water requires some additional heating the booster heats the water to the required temperature. The gas booster only heats water when required, therefore saving you money through reduced gas consumption.
The Everlast storage tank contains a marine grade stainless steel cylidner and will not break down from high summer water temperatures. High levels of insulation are provided by a polymeric external casing combined with thick polyurethane insulation. Stainless Steel tanks offer long service and less maintenance because there is no sacrificial anode. Comes with a 15 year warranty on the tank.
Note: In areas with hard water It is advisable to use glass-lined tank instead of the stainless steel tank. The glass-lined tank has a sacrificial anode to protect from corrosion.
|Model||Suits Household Size||Manifold||Evacuated Tubes||Storage Tank||Gas Booster|
|AC-250-SS-26N-22||1-4 People||1 x 22||22||250 Litre||26 Litres/per minute|
|AC-315-SS-26N-30||3-5 People||1 x 30||30||315 Litre||26 Litres/per minute|
|AC-400-SS-26N-44||6+ People||2 x 22||44||400 Litre||26 Litres/per minute|
1. What is a solar hot water system?
A solar hot water system is typically made up of solar collectors, a gas or electric booster, a storage tank, and a solar controller and pump for split systems.
A close coupled system has a storage tank above the solar collectors all located together on the roof. This system relies on thermosyphon to operate. This involves cold water from the bottom of the tank falling to the inlet at the bottom of the solar collectors. This water is then heated by the sun, which rises up through the solar collector and back into the middle and top of the tank.
A split system has the storage cylinder located on the ground and the solar collectors located on the roof. This system uses a solar controller and pump to transfer cold water from the tank to the solar collectors to be heated and returned to the middle or top of the tank. The solar controller compares the temperature of the water in the solar collector to that in the tank. When the collector is hotter than the tank the pump is switched on, transferring the solar heated water to the tank.
2. Why do I need a booster for my solar hot water system?
A booster is required to help deliver hot water in times where there may be low solar contribution, or when there may be excessive hot water consumption. The two booster options are gas or electric.
3. Why should I use a solar hot water system?
There are many benefits included when using a solar hot water system over an electric storage tank system. These include a potential reduction in electricity consumption by 25%, costs and environmental impacts by up to two-thirds! More benefits include offsetting investment costs with government rebates, a decrease in household’s carbon footprint, and an increase in your property’s value!
When using electric systems, it is predominantly generated using non-renewable and dirty coal fired power stations. This produces carbon dioxide emissions, ash, particles and waste heat, while consuming vast quantities of non-renewable coal. Therefore creating lots of excess waste and pollution into our environment.
By using a solar hot water system we help to combat this waste by reducing the need for electricity. Solar hot water systems also work to offset electricity just when it is needed most- Summer.
4. Will I still get solar gain in winter?
Yes, your system will still gain solar in winter. It is available during the day throughout the year. Even when it is a cloudy day some solar gain is possible. A clear winter day may sometimes deliver more solar energy than on a cloudy summers day.
The highest solar contributions are created in clear and sunny days, whilst the lowest solar contribution is produced in overcast and cold days.
Clear and cold days, and overcast and warm days, both produce reasonable solar contribution.
5. How do I correctly size a solar hot water system?
The storage tank should hold one days supply of hot water and have enough capacity to store the amount of solar energy collected by the solar collectors. Once the tank size is chosen to match the household’s hot water use, the number of solar collectors is then matched to the tank.
Things to consider include:
- Where you live
- How many people live in your household
- The type of energy source available to the household (Electricity, LPG or Natural gas)
- Your household water demands
- The water quality in your area
All of our products are inspected by our experienced staff for quality and/or damage before sale or despatch.
If you have any issue with your purchase, please call G-Store on 1300 766 940 without delay. Make sure you have a copy of your invoice to hand. We will be happy to discuss the options that best solves the problem. Please do not return goods without our explicit instructions.
G-Store ships most of our products anywhere in Australia. You can also pick up free from our Melbourne store.
Shipping Cost Options
To offer you the most cost-effective shipping fees we use the Temando freight engine to dynamically search among available carriers and offer you
- The cheapest rate
- The fastest service
These are the two best options available at the time from among our carriers for your particular products to your specific location, wherever it is in the country.
We do not post to PO boxes.
Free Pick Up
If your delivery is to a Postcode within 150 km of G-Store in Melbourne (Malvern East) you will also be offered a Pick-Up In-Store option. If you select this, we will let you know as soon as your purchase is ready for Pick Up.
Malvern East – same day on stocked items if ordered before 2pm, next day after 2pm.
Warragul – next day on stocked items if ordered before 11am, otherwise add 1 business day.