Car washing with the power of the sun

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Source: TiSUN GmbH

At a petrol station in Belgrade 150 customers a day wash their car with environmentally friendly hot water generated by a TiSUN solar system.

At a petrol station in Belgrade 150 customers a day wash their car with environmentally friendly hot water generated by a TiSUN solar system.

The OMV petrol station in Belgrade, Serbia is considered a pioneer in the field for the production of hot water for their car wash system. Eight TiSUN module collectors with a total collector surface area of 20 m² were installed on the roof of the building in 2010. The solar system provides regenerative hot water for the jetwash system and covers the entire hot water demand for sanitary facilities, showers and the filling station shop. A 1,000 litre hot water tank is the energy centre of the gas station. The project was implemented by the Serbian installation company Master Solar.

“Within two years the TiSUN solar system has generated nearly 25,000 kWh of energy,” explains Danilo Pistinjat from Master Solar of the high energy yield of the system. “In addition, we have saved more than six tons of CO2 and demonstrated that even operators of fossil energy sources cannot ignore ‘long term renewable energy’.”

“The particular challenge in this project was the integration of the existing jetwash boiler in the TiSUN solar system,” explains Danilo Pistinjat. The solar car wash covers the daily water demand of 1,200 litres and makes the usage of different washing programs up to 60°C possible. “The utilization of solar heat for car wash facilities is ideal as most vehicles are washed when the weather is fine and the efficiency of the solar energy plant is therefore especially high,” adds Pistinjat.

TiSUN has been developing, producing and selling complete systems for the utilisation of solar heating energy for over two decades. The solar systems provide 100% independent, infinitely available, free solar energy for backup heating, water heating, process heat and cooling. Known as Europe's solar heating specialist, TiSUN has an export quota of 83%. The company employs a workforce of 120 at the main location in Tyrol/Austria and 90 sales personnel in Europe. TiSUN products are available in 48 markets in the EU27 and candidate countries, Switzerland, the former CIS states, the USA, MENA and India. All serially produced solar collectors feature multiple certifications. In addition to the Solar Keymark, which is valid across Europe, and the Austria Solar Seal of Quality, quality certifications from five other countries confirm the high standard of the products. The ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management Test Certificate verifies that both product and service quality levels are especially high. Since 2010, the company has also been certified under the international environmental management standard ISO 14001.

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