Ecosun Achieves Highest FSEC Performance Rating Ever Recorded

Lakewood, NJ - Aquatherm Industries, Inc. announced today it has set a record in unglazed solar thermal performance with its flagship brand of solar pool heater, Ecosun®. The collector was tested at TÜV Rheinland PTL in Tempe, Arizona in accordance with the ISO 9806 Standard and performance certified by the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) at the University of Central Florida.

With an unprecedented FSEC performance rating of 1,100 Btus per square foot per day, Ecosun becomes the highest rated solar pool heating collector to ever be certified by the Florida Solar Energy Center.

Ecosun joins a growing list of solar thermal collectors being tested to ISO 9806 standards, as it gains popularity over the outdated ASHRAE 9680 standards. The key difference between the ISO 9806 testing standard and its predecessor stems from a more controlled testing environment. The ASHRAE 9680 standard only allowed wind speeds up to 3 mph across the surface of the solar collector. Because of this, a collectors rating could vary greatly from test to test, depending on the wind speed during testing.

Conversely, ISO 9806 standards measure performance at three preset wind speeds in order to most accurately model real-world performance. Performance ratings are then determined by using a weighted average of these wind speeds at various thermal efficiencies.

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Cross-section of the Ecosun Solar Pool Heater showing the collector’s unique fluted tube-and-web design and its patented ventilation system.

The world’s first true “hybrid” solar pool heating collector, Ecosun combines maximum surface area and thermal performance with the wind-load relief of a vented collector. A number of unique features contribute to Ecosun’s rating, including a fluted tube-and-web design that increases the collector’s surface area by 10%; a patented ventilation system that activates only when required; and a direct-feed, metered-flow manifold for balanced flow and optimized heat gain throughout the entire system.

When installed using Aquatherm’s stainless steel Eagle Claw® mounting components, the Ecosun Solar Pool Heater provides a superior heating performance for even the most demanding pool owner. Ecosun is available in either a 1.5” or 2” design, for both residential and commercial pool heating applications.

Click here to download FSEC’s Summary Sheet for the Ecosun Solar Pool Heater.

About Aquatherm

Aquatherm Industries is the largest manufacturer of solar pool heating systems in the United States, the only U.S. manufacturer of NSF listed solar pool heaters, and the only U.S. solar collector manufacturer to achieve the ISO 9001:2008 quality standard. Aquatherm manufactures several of the industry’s leading brands of solar pool heating collectors, including the Solar Industries, Ecosun and Ultrasun solar pool heating collectors.

Aquatherm’s entire manufacturing process takes place at its 50,000-square foot technology center in Lakewood, NJ – the most modern facility of its kind in the world. For more information on Aquatherm Industries, its products or its dealer network, contact Molly Friar, Aquatherm’s Sales & Marketing Manager at 1-800-535-6307, extension 226.

 

Aquatherm Industries Factory Tour Video

Aquatherm Industries has released a 6-minute video showing a behind-the-scenes look at our entire manufacturing process.

The video takes viewers from “pellets to pallets,” with a step-by-step walkthrough of how our NSF-listed solar pool heaters are made. From taking in precompounded polypropylene resin pellets (the material used to make the solar collectors); to our multiple thermoplastic extrusion lines; to the final assembly and quality control testing of collectors, we want to show the world why it we’ve come to be known as “The Most Trusted Name in Solar Pool Heating.”

 

 

In 2005, Aquatherm’s Lakewood, NJ manufacturing facility doubled in size following a 25,000 square foot expansion.  In 2011, Aquatherm Industries, Inc. became an ISO 9001:2008 registered company, and is still currently the only U.S. solar collector manufacturer to meet the standards of the world-renowned quality management system. We currently manufacture seven of the industry’s leading brands of solar pool heating systems—including its three “flagship” collectors: Ultrasun, Ecosun, and Solar Industries—as well as a number of private-label collectors.

Dave Sizelove, CEO and Co-founder of Aquatherm, believes the video speaks volumes to the focus on quality and attention to detail throughout the entire manufacturing process. “We have some customers, Dealers who have installed our systems for upwards of 20 years, who had never seen all the effort we put into supplying them with a quality product. It’s fantastic to be able to give them a behind-the-scenes look at the work we do every day.”

“In the beginning, we had planned to keep the video within our close network of Dealers and Distributors,” says Sizelove. “But, as we moved forward with the project, we made a conscious decision to go public. Now, pool owners who are looking to heat with solar can see for themselves the quality and workmanship that goes into each and every one of our solar pool heaters.”

Aquatherm Passes ISO Inspection; Maintains ISO 9001:2008 Registration

Lakewood, NJ— The largest manufacturer of solar pool heaters in the United States, Aquatherm Industries, Inc., announced today it has passed an annual ISO audit inspection conducted by QAS International and will maintain its ISO 9001:2008 registration. The ISO 9001:2008 standard pertains to the systems and methodologies used in an organization’s quality policies. Per the official ISO audit summary, no non-conformities were found in the manufacturer’s quality management system (QMS). The lead auditor found Aquatherm’s quality policy to be both “established and effectively communicated throughout the organization,” and also noted “continual improvement is evident.”

“Quality is our number one priority at Aquatherm,” says Dave Sizelove, Aquatherm President and CEO.

“I believe we exist solely to provide our customers with the tools they need to succeed in this industry, and that means providing a quality product with equal quality customer service. Maintaining our ISO registration requires us to continually refocus on improving quality control policies and systems.”

At the time of its initial ISO registration in 2011, Aquatherm was the only U.S. manufacturer of solar collectors—including both thermal and photovoltaic technologies—to achieve the standard; it currently remains the only U.S. manufacturer of solar thermal collectors and system components to be ISO registered.

About Aquatherm:

An ISO 9001:2008 registered company, Aquatherm Industries, Inc. is the largest U.S. manufacturer of low-temperature, unglazed polymer solar collectors – primarily used for residential and commercial swimming pool heating as well as domestic hot water and process pre-heat applications. Within the company’s “pellets to panels” approach, Aquatherm’s extrusion, welding, and injection molding processes have been awarded four U.S. and two International Patents for its technology. In addition, Aquatherm’s collectors were the first NSF-50 listed solar collectors in the word. Aquatherm distributors currently serve Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, all of North, Central, and South America, France, Egypt, and Jordan.

Dennis Esposito Named Manufacturer’s Representative for Ultrasun

Aquatherm Industries, Inc., the nation’s largest manufacturer of swimming pool solar heaters, announced today it has appointed Dennis Esposito, owner of Performance Solar in Escondido, CA, as a manufacturer’s representative for its newest product, the Ultrasun Solar Pool Heater, in the states of California and Arizona, as well as within Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Dennis Esposito and Performance Solar have been synonymous with solar pool heating in the southern California marketplace for 20 years,” says Dave Sizelove, President and CEO of Aquatherm. “This next step for Dennis and his team at Performance follows the Aquatherm model of taking a successful retail organization and using their accumulated knowledge and experience to develop a Dealer Network.”

The newest of Aquatherm’s “flagship brands,” the Ultrasun panel was introduced in 2012 under limited release, and has been well-received within the industry. Several innovations in solar pool heater design make Ultrasun dramatically different from its predecessors, and have earned the product three U.S. Patents. The panel’s key difference lies in the header-to-tube connection, by which the header manifold is insert-molded around the absorber plate, by way of a patented “stem-block.” This stem-block is permanently embedded in the absorber plate’s riser tubes, and acts as an expansion/contraction bridge between the header and absorber. The manufacturer’s patented process of venting the absorber plate, by which no material is removed from the panel, results in maximum surface area while still offering the benefits of roof-ventilation and wind-load relief in extreme weather conditions.

The relationship between Aquatherm Industries and Mr. Esposito’s Performance Solar dates back 18 years to 1995, when Performance began selling and installing the manufacturer’s Ecosun Solar Pool Heater. A number of years later, Performance Solar began carrying a competitive brand of solar pool heaters, but later returned to once again offer Aquatherm products.

“We’re excited to take our business to the next level, and ready to grow the Ultrasun brand,” said Esposito. “We know we’ve got a premium product from a quality manufacturer. Now, we’re looking forward to setting up Dealers in the southwest, and helping them grow their business the same way Aquatherm has helped us grow ours.”

About Aquatherm:

An ISO 9001:2008 registered company, Aquatherm Industries, Inc. is the largest U.S. manufacturer of low-temperature, unglazed polymer solar collectors – primarily used for residential and commercial swimming pool heating as well as domestic hot water and process pre-heat applications. Within the company’s “pellets to panels” approach, Aquatherm’s extrusion, welding, and injection molding processes have been awarded four U.S. and two International Patents for its technology. In addition, Aquatherm’s collectors were the first NSF-50 listed solar collectors in the word. Aquatherm distributors currently serve Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, all of North, Central, and South America, France, Egypt, and Jordan.

Aquatherm Names Three New Master Dealers

The largest manufacturer of solar pool heaters in the United States has just named three new Master Dealers for its popular Solar Industries and Ecosun lines of solar pool heating systems. The Aquatherm Master Dealer Program was conceived nearly 20 years ago to provide a distinction for the most elite solar pool heating contractors in the industry. To become a Master Dealer, a contractor must show excellence in both quality of installation and customer satisfaction. 

Lakewood, NJ—The largest U.S. manufacturer of solar pool heaters, Aquatherm Industries, Inc., has named two new Solar Industries Master Dealers and one new Ecosun Master Dealer. The manufacturer’s Master Dealer Program was started in 1995 as a means to recognize exceptional installation quality, as well as excellence in customer satisfaction. The exclusive title has only been bestowed on a handful of Dealers through the years, with just under 40 Master Dealers currently positioned throughout The United States and Canada.

Benefits of becoming a Master Dealer include access to upgraded and supplemental product warranties, custom collector sizes, co-op advertising programs. The manufacturer also provides Master Dealers with Internet sales leads in their territory, as well as subsidized memberships to industry associations.

Having displayed their commitment to quality and dedication to the solar pool heating industry, Aquatherm Industries proudly welcomes the following companies into its Master Dealer Network:

Gallagher Solar Thermal

Owner:  Patrick Gallagher
Location:  Warwick, New York
On the web:  www.solarthermalsolution.com

Pat Gallagher of Gallagher Solar Thermal has been the local solar expert in the Hudson Valley, New York since 2005, having decided to add solar pool heating to his services offered in 2007. Pat’s company installs both solar domestic water and pool heating systems, and also services and replaces existing systems.  In 2010, at the AHRC Camp Loyaltown Summer Camp in Hunter, NY, Gallagher designed and installed what would become the largest solar water heating system in the region – over 4,800 square foot of solar collector area to heat the camp’s 9,000 square foot swimming pool.

Exact Solar

Owner:  Mark Bortman
Location:  Yardley, Pennsylvania
On the web:  www.exactsolar.com

In 2004, Mark Bortman, founder of Exact Solar, moved his family to Costa Rica for a year to learn more about alternative energy options.  During that year, Mark worked with and learned from a pioneer in the solar thermal field, Bruce Carey, who’d been active in the solar industry since the 1970s. When he returned to the Philadelphia area, Mark started Exact Solar, and has been designing and installing solar photovoltaic, as well as domestic water and pool heating, ever since.

Solar Wave

Owner:  Jesse Christink
Location:  Burlington, Ontario
On the web:  www.solarwaveenergy.com

Founded in 2005 by Jesse Christink, Solar Wave specializes in the niche market of solar pool and domestic hot water heating.  As a former employee of another solar pool heater manufacturer, it didn’t take long for Jesse to realize the power of solar heating.  As a Finance graduate, Jesse was immediately drawn to the cost savings from solar, especially pool heating.  After a six-year tenure with that manufacturer, Jesse started his own company selling, installing, and servicing solar water and pool heaters, as well as ancillary pool products like salt water chlorinators and automation systems.

For more information on Aquatherm Industries or its Master Dealer Program, contact Molly Friar, National Sales & Marketing Manager, at 732-905-9002, extension 226.

About Aquatherm

An ISO 9001:2008 registered company, Aquatherm Industries, Inc. is the largest U.S. manufacturer of low-temperature, unglazed polymer solar collectors – primarily used for residential and commercial swimming pool heating as well as domestic hot water and process pre-heat applications. Within the company’s “pellets to panels” approach, Aquatherm’s extrusion, welding, and injection molding processes have been awarded four U.S. and two International Patents for its technology. In addition, Aquatherm’s collectors were the first NSF-50 listed solar collectors in the word. Aquatherm distributors currently serve Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, all of North, Central, and South America, France, Egypt, and Jordan.

Facility Cuts Indoor Pool Heating Costs with Solar

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The Facility

As Steve Billings will tell you, running the first coach-owned swim team in North Carolina doesn’t exactly come with an instruction manual.“Essentially, we built the plane first, and then had to learn how to fly it .”

Located just outside Charlotte, NC in the town of Huntersville, the 30,000square foot family-owned and operated NOMAD Aquatic Facility opened its doors in 1991. Inside sits a 25-yard by 25-meter competition pool, with a smaller instructional “warm pool” of 20- x 15-yards around the corner. The space is also shared by a fitness center and racquetball courts.

A longtime dream of Steve and wife Myra’s, NOMAD has grown over the past 21 years to be much more than just a home for the “Aqua Devils,” Coach Billings’ perennial powerhouse of a swim-team. With over 4,000total members, use of the pools range from full-blown competitive meets for the team’s 300-plus swimmers, to open swimming, to water aerobics.In addition, NOMAD hosts Learn-to-Swim classes for about 600 future Devils.

The Turning Point

For the Billings, heating the two indoor pools was a necessary evil.Though competition rules state pools must be maintained at just 79 degrees Fahrenheit,being indoors means neither pool receives any warmth from natural sunlight. For years, the cost of running their large natural gas heater was viewed as an unavoidable operating cost for NOMAD – just another expense on the balance sheet. But as energy prices skyrocketed, heating the pools with fossil fuel became increasingly expensive. “At their worst, our bill ran upwards of $12,000 every month,” recalls Steve. He knew there had to be a way to offset the cost of his existing heater.

After attending a presentation on solar pool heating, Steve started to see it as a good potential investment in his facility. “I would say I had some misconceptions as far as cost went, up till thatpoint. As I learned more about the technology, the investment seemed more and more like a no-brainer.” As if he didn’t have enough incentive to add solar, Steve learned the state of North Carolina offered a 35% tax credit on new commercial solar pool heater installations, which would reduce the payback period even further. For Steve and for NOMAD, thetime to act was now.

With his new understanding of cost and payback, Billings reached out to a local solar contractor. As is the case with most commercial bids, the contractor enlisted the assistance of the nearest Aquatherm Regional Distribution Center for technical support – including system sizing and pump-house schematics. Solar Services, Aquatherm’s Regional Distribution Center in Virginia Beach, was happy to help, and soon Steve Was presented with a proposal to install 169 4-foot by 12-foot SolarIndustries Collectors on the roof of the NOMAD facility.

The System

On average, commercial solar pool heating installations pay for themselves in approximately five-to-seven years. Taking into account existing heating costs at NOMAD, the $200,000 solar system was projected to pay for itself in less than half that time, thanks to the state tax credit and ability to sell solar renewable energy credits (SRECs)back to the state utility. SRECs represent the environmental attributes from a solar facility, and are produced each time a solar system produces one thousand Killowatt-hours (KWh)of production. In order to produce SRECs, a solar system must first be certified by state regulatory agencies – usually public service commissions or public utility commissions –before a state-authorized registry can create and track SRECs.

Next, since the output of solar thermal (heating) systems are measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs)rather than Killowatt-hours (as in solar electric systems),determining energy production is accomplished throughthe use of a BTU flow-meter. The system at NOMAD is fitted with an ISTEC® flow-meter, which measures the amount of BTUs (thermal energy) the solar system provides when operating.

With one kilowatt hour equivalent to 3,412 BTUs,and each one of the 169 solar collectors capable of producing 48,000 BTUs daily, the system has a daily production capacity of approximately 8 million BTUs(or 2,300 Kwh). Again, with an SREC awarded each time a solar system produces 1,000 Kwh, the system at NOMAD can produce over 50 SRECs every 4weeks in season.

The Savings

So what’s the bottom line? The SRECs produced by the NOMAD solar pool heating system translate to revenues of nearly $40,000 each and every year. For The Billings, whose investment has already paid for itself since its installation in 2007, have used the additional income from their SRECS to finance a supplementary wood-burning heater for use in the coldest months of the year. “We heat the pools using the solar almost exclusively most of the year, but when it starts dropping below freezing we can switch on the wood-burning heater when we need it,” says Billings, who decided to keep the original natural gas heater, albeit as purely a back up to his two main forms heating.

“It’s really about as simple as it gets,” says Steve of operating the system. “You just wouldn’t believe how well it works.”

 

 

Lawrence Welk Resort Goes Green

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The Facility

For nearly 30 years, Lawrence Welk entertained audiences nightly with his musical variety hour, The Lawrence Welk Show. Known as “Television’s Music Man,” Welk – a skilled musician, accordionist, and bandleader – passed away in 1992. Aside from his entertainment industry legacy, he also left behind a resort community just north of San Diego, California called The Welk Resort and Champagne Village.

Developed by Welk and promoted heavily by him on the show, the Village was where Welk lived for much of his life. Today the resort, which is open to the public, sits on 450 acres and contains dozens of upscale timeshares, two golf courses, and eight large swimming pools complete with water slides and features.

Even in sunny southern California, most commercial swimming pools still require heating to keep guests swimming happily. In the case of The Welk Resort’s eight year-round pools, a propane heater is used to keep the large bodies of water up to a comfortable temperature.

The Turning Point

According to Dave Peterson of Watershapes Consulting, Inc., the aquatic engineering design firm that built several of property’s more recent swimming pools, The Welk Resort has always been deeply interested in all things “green” and eco-friendly. In fact, many of the buildings on the property already utilized solar electric and hot water heating systems.

“The management at the Welk Resort was well aware of using solar as an alternative to the costly propane heaters, but installing a solar pool heater came down to an issue of appropriating capital for the expense,” explained Peterson.

It was 2010 before the resort was ready to make their first push toward solar heating and brought in Watershapes as a consultant on the system. In turn, Peterson reached out to his “go-to solar contractor,” Mark Naylor of Mark Naylor Solar Specialists in San Diego. Naylor, an Aquatherm Platinum Solar Industries Master Dealer, and Peterson have a long history of successful solar pool heating projects between them.

The System

With eight large swimming pools on property, upfront costs to add solar to all of them at once would have been cost-prohibitive. Instead, the Welk Resort decided to install a solar heating system on their largest pool first, and address the others as funds became available.

At 6,592 square feet of swimming pool surface area, Naylor and Peterson agreed on a proposed system of 128 4’x12’ Solar Industries collectors – for a total solar surface area of 6,144 square feet (93% coverage). Since the system was to be split between two nearby buildings, the Welk Resort decided to have it installed in two phases – the first of which was completed in 2010, and the second phase completed in 2012.

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128 4’x12’ collectors – a total solar surface area of 6,144 square feet (93% coverage).

With a year-round guest list, closing down the pool for the installation was not an attractive option for the resort. Instead, Naylor and Peterson utilized an existing surge tank, which is fed by way of a 479 foot gutter around the perimeter of the pool. By adding a secondary pump and filter, then diverting flow from the surge tank to the solar collectors, the installers were able to complete both phases of the project without closing the pool. The existing propane boilers will remain, and can be used as a backup heater if necessary.

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The resort’s solar pool heating system was split between two nearby buildings.

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The design proposed by Naylor and Peterson resulted in a 93% coverage, based on the pool’s surface area.

According to Dave Peterson of Watershapes, the Welk Resort plans to eventually add solar heating systems to the rest of the property’s pools as funds become available. With the recent passing of AB2249 in California, which adds commercial  pool  heating to the existing CSI-Thermal rebate, that could happen sooner than later. Mark Naylor says the rebate is definitely something he will be promoting this year. “Reducing the upfront cost of system installation through the rebate will go a long way toward properties like Welk being able to utilize solar pool heating.”

 

Aquatherm Increases Energy Efficiency in Solar Collector Manufacturing

The largest manufacturer of solar pool heaters and solar pool heating system components in the United States announced today it has increased collector manufacturing energy efficiency by 18%. Aquatherm Industries, manufacturer of the Solar Industries, Ecosun, Ultrasun, Ultra-Swim, Sun-Swim, Ecolite, and Sunlite brands of solar pool heaters,attributes the increase to improved processes, new technologies, and improved quality control procedures as a result of registration as an ISO 9001:2008 company.

Lakewood, NJ – May 7, 2013 – Aquatherm Industries, Inc. of Lakewood, NJ announced today it has increased energy efficiency of its solar pool heater collector manufacturing by 18%. Through improved processes developed over 35 years of solar manufacturing experience, the manufacturer has been able to reduce the amount of energy required to produce its efficient solar pool heating systems.

Dave Sizelove, President and Co-Founder of Aquatherm Industries, cites these efficiency improvements as a direct result of improved manufacturing processes and quality control. “Through the years, Aquatherm has remained committed to solar pool heating, while other manufacturers have diversified into other solar technologies such as hot water and photovoltaic,” says Sizelove.

“Our commitment to solar pool heating has resulted in a laser focus, and has allowed us to innovate and improve on the technology time and time again.”

Sizelove also credits the manufacturer’s 2011 registration as an ISO 9001:2008 company for improving quality control inside the walls of its 50,000 square foot facility. ISO 9001:2008 is a quality management system developed by the International Organization of Standardization requires a manufacturer demonstrate its ability to consistently provide product that meets customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

“Aquatherm has always been dedicated to making a quality product. Through the process of becoming ISO-registered, we pursued even greater levels of quality control – from the minute raw materials enter the building to the shipment of finished product. This, in turn, resulted in the creation of less waste in our facility, which helped to increase our process efficiencies.”

Aquatherm was recognized earlier this year for its eco-friendly efforts by the New Jersey Department of Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Stewardship Initiative, which it hopes to parlay into an ISO 14001 certification.

“Being a polymer product and therefore derived from oil,” says Sizelove, “the process by which we manufacture our product is already inherently energy efficient compared to the alternative. If you were to take three gallons of oil and refine and burn it using a conventional fossil-fuel pool heater, that three gallons would provide about 400,000 British thermal units (BTUs) one time only. By using that same three gallons to manufacture one 4′ x 12′ solar pool heating collector, you are creating a product that will produce over 10,000,000 BTUs a year, and keeps producing year after year.”

About Aquatherm:

An ISO 9001:2008 registered company, Aquatherm Industries, Inc. is the largest U.S. manufacturer of low-temperature, unglazed polymer solar collectors – primarily used for residential and commercial swimming pool heating as well as domestic hot water and process pre-heat applications. Within the company’s “pellets to panels” approach, Aquatherm’s extrusion, welding, and injection molding processes have been awarded four U.S. and two International Patents for its technology. In addition, Aquatherm’s collectors were the first NSF-50 listed solar collectors in the word. Aquatherm distributors currently serve Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, all of North, Central, and South America, France, Egypt, and Jordan.

California Gov. Brown Signs AB 2249; Commercial Pools Eligible for Rebate

Solar heating systems installed on California commercial pools will now qualify for the state’s current solar rebate incentive program. Governor Jerry Brown has just signed into law Assembly Bill 2249, an expansion on the Solar Water heating and Efficiency Act of 2007. The Act tasked the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) with the design and implementation of a program of incentives for solar water heating systems throughout the state. The bill, which had previously excluded swimming pools from eligibility under the program, redefines “solar water heating systems” to include solar pool heating systems at multifamily residential, governmental, educational, and nonprofit facilities.

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Press Release: Aquatherm Industries Releases Design Upgrade for its 2″ Solar Pool Vacuum Breaker Assembly

Lakewood, NJ - The largest U.S. manufacturer of solar pool heating systems has just released a redesigned vacuum breaker which is now compatible with all brands of solar pool heating systems, including FAFCO Sunsaver and Revolution, Techno-Solis, Solar Hydronics Hi-Tec, Guardian and Suntrek collectors.

The newly released heavy duty vacuum breaker includes a reinforced housing, corrosion-free stainless steel spring and filter screens, and a chemical resistant Viton o-ring.

Previously, Aquatherm’s design could not be used with competitive systems due to the varying types of coupler hoses used to connect those collectors. The addition of a proprietary slide-lock on the solar pool vacuum breaker housing allows the part to be used in and make and model collector with 2″ header manifolds.

When used with Aquatherm’s own dual-durometer EPDM connector hoses, improvements on the design permits higher stagnation temperatures.The new vacuum breakers are currently available from all Aquatherm Regional Distribution Centers.

About Aquatherm
Aquatherm Industries is the largest manufacturer of solar pool heating systems in the United States, the only U.S. manufacturer of NSF listed solar pool heaters, and the only U.S. solar collector manufacturer to achieve the ISO 9001:2008 quality standard. Aquatherm manufactures several of the industry’s leading brands of solar pool heating collectors, including the Solar Industries and Ecosun collectors.

Aquatherm’s entire manufacturing process takes place at its 50,000-square foot technology center in Lakewood, NJ – the most modern facility of its kind in the world. For more information on Aquatherm Industries, its products or its dealer network, contact Molly Friar, Aquatherm’s Sales & Marketing Manager at 1-800-535-6307, extension 226.

 

Aquatherm Industries Hosts Summer Sales Retreat for Solar Pool Heater Salesmen in Jersey Shore and New York City; Announces 2013 Master Dealer Kick-Off Meeting Location

Aquatherm Industries, U.S. manufacturer of solar pool heating systems, began its 20th Annual Summer Sales Retreat in the sleepy, scenic beachtowns of the Jersey Shore and ended it amongst the hustle and bustle of New York City.

Salesmen, Dealers, and Distributors of Aquatherm’s solar pool heaters enjoyed the sights and sounds of the famed Seaside Heights boardwalk and toured the company’s 50,000 square foot factory in nearby Lakewood, NJ before being transported to “the city that never sleeps” for several days of fun and exploration in the Big Apple. With an even mix of planned activities and free time, guests were able to explore the city while still enjoying time to network and share ideas.

The date and location of the 2013 edition of Aquatherm’s Annual Master Dealer Kick-Off Meeting have been set, and will take place in Las Vegas January 23-25, 2013. The Kick-Off Meeting, held the first month of every year, presents the manufacturer an opportunity to brief its national network of Dealers and Distributors on the latest sales, marketing, and industry trends before the busy season begins.

“In a way, events like our Summer Sales Retreat and Master Dealer Kick-Off Meetings have come to embody how and why Aquatherm has enjoyed such success over the years,” says Dave Sizelove, President & CEO of Aquatherm Industries. “At the heart of it, we are a customer-intimate organization. That is, we exist not just to manufacture a quality product, but to create long-lasting relationships with people that believe what we believe. You simply cannot create those types of relationships with webinars and email newsletters – you have to bring your customers together. That’s where innovation happens.”

Aquatherm will be exhibiting at the International Pool, Spa & Patio Expo this November 6-8, which is being held in New Orleans, before traveling the following week to Lyon, France for Piscine 2012 November 13-16.

Aquatherm is actively seeking new Dealers in markets across the country; for more information on how to become a Dealer for Aquatherm call 1-732-905-9002.

 

Aquatherm Announces Support of Commercial Solar Pool Heating (AB2249)

The largest US manufacturer of solar pool heaters has announced its strong support of AB 2249, which would make improvements to the existing California Solar Initiative (CSI) Thermal Program. Namely, the inclusion of solar heating systems for commercial aquatic facitlities as eligible under the incentive program. Previously, the legislation had excluded all swimming pool solar heaters from qualifying for incentives.

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2012 Master Dealer Kick-Off Meetings held in Orlando and San Diego

Lakewood, NJ – The largest U.S. manufacturer of solar pool heaters hosted its 2012 Eastern and Western Master Dealer Kick-Off Meetings earlier this month in Orlando and San Diego, respectively. Dealers and distributors of Aquatherm Industries’ solar pool heating systems participated in two day-long seminars focused on updated sales and marketing techniques and the introduction on several new Aquatherm products and certifications. Meetings were concluded with an awards dinner, where Aquatherm’s elite group of Master Dealers was recognized for their service to the industry and outstanding sales achievements.

Morning sessions were packed with updates from Aquatherm’s engineering department, centered primarily on the manufacturer’s recent ISO 9001:2008 registration. Last year, Aquatherm became the only solar collector manufacturer in the United States to earn the distinction of ISO registered. ISO (International Standards Organization) is recognized around the world as the leading quality management systems standard. In addition, Aquatherm products are now certified to the strict customs of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). This certification comes just one year after Aquatherm became the first manufacturer of solar pool heaters to meet the strict safety, durability, and toxicity standards set forth by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF). To date, Aquatherm’s solar pool heating systems remain the only US-made products of their type to be NSF-listed.

 

Afternoon sessions, which were led by Aquatherm’s Sales and Marketing Team, presented Dealers with updated techniques and materials to help increase appointments and close more sales. A heavy focus was placed on Aquatherm’s retooled sales presentation materials and the use of social media as a marketing tool. Aquatherm Sales and Marketing Manager, Molly Friar, gave a live demonstration of the company’s new online Dealer portal, The AI Network, which she explained is designed to “provide Dealers an additional layer of support as well as play host to product literature, certifications, artwork, as well as the latest corporate and industry news.”

At the culmination of each meeting, Dealers were recognized for both sales achievements and brand loyalty throughout the years. Dave Sizelove, Aquatherm President/CEO, proudly noted “our average Master Dealer has been selling Aquatherm Solar Pool Heating products exclusively for 15 years.” At the Orlando meeting, which was co-sponsored by Aquatherm Solar Supply in Fort Myers, Stilwell Solar of Estero, FL accepted the award for “Top Dealer in the Nation” for Aquatherm’s Solar Industries® line of solar pool heaters; Central Florida Solar in Orlando took home the “Top Dealer” award for the manufacturer’s other flagship brand, Ecosun™ . Across the country, Mark Naylor of Mark Naylor Solar Specialists (San Diego, CA) was recognized as “Top Salesman in the Nation” for the 8th year in a row.

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Aquatherm Industries is the largest manufacturer of solar pool heating systems in the United States, the only U.S. manufacturer of NSF listed solar pool heaters, and the only US solar collector manufacturer to achieve the ISO 9001:2008 quality standard. Aquatherm manufactures several of the industry’s leading brands of solar pool heating collectors, including the Solar Industries and Ecosun collectors. Aquatherm’s entire manufacturing process takes place at its 50,000-square foot technology center in Lakewood, NJ – the most modern facility of its kind in the world.  For more information on Aquatherm Industries, its products or its dealer network, contact Molly Friar, Aquatherm’s Sales & Marketing Manager at 1-800-535-6307, extension 226 or by email at mfriar@warmwater.com.

Aquatherm Industries’ Sunlite™ Product is now the most cost-effective BTU in the industry

Solar Pool Heater Manufacturer Hits Price per BTU Breakthrough

Lakewood, NJ – Aquatherm Industries, the largest U.S. manufacturer of swimming pool solar heaters, announced today it has broken the $2 (USD)/sq. ft. mark for its Sunlite™ brand of pool solar heating systems.  The manufacturer believes this pricing is unprecedented in unglazed solar thermal, and cites several factors which have allowed it to reduce long run average costs and break the $2/sq. ft. price point threshold.

The manufacturer reports its initial investment in machinery and tooling for Sunlite™ has been completely amortized – over the course of its 25 million square foot total production – since being introduced in 2000.  Over that time, improved production efficiencies and quality control processes have resulted in less waste and helped to lower production costs.

With two patents currently protecting Aquatherm’s Sunlite™ product, the manufacturer has garnered a nearly 53% market share in the industry.  The pool solar panel’s unique “insert-molded” header design was recognized as a breakthrough in solar pool heating technology when the product launched a decade ago, and continues to set the standard for the industry moving forward.

Aquatherm also cites economies of scale as a major influencing factor on pricing.  In 2005, the Lakewood, NJ factory underwent a 25,000 square foot expansion – effectively doubling the building’s total size.  With the addition of roughly 15,000 square feet of warehouse space, the manufacturer has been able to make larger bulk purchases of its specially-formulated polypropylene resin from suppliers, further reducing costs.

Using performance rating data from the independent Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) – which measures a solar collector’s ability to efficiently transfer thermal energy from the sun into usable heat (in the case of solar thermal, BTUs) – Sunlite™ is rated at 1,000 BTUs per square foot.  Based on the manufacturer’s newly released pricing, Sunlite™ carries a price per BTU of only $0.002 – making it the most cost-effective BTU on the planet. Sunlite Solar Pool Heaters can be found on the web at www.sunlitesolar.com.

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Aquatherm Industries is the largest manufacturer of solar pool heating systems in the United States, the only U.S. manufacturer of NSF listed solar pool heaters, and the only U.S. solar collector manufacturer to achieve the ISO 9001:2008 quality standard.  Aquatherm manufactures several of the industry’s leading brands of solar pool heating collectors, including the Solar Industries and Ecosun collectors.

Aquatherm’s entire manufacturing process takes place at its 50,000-square foot technology center in Lakewood, NJ – the most modern facility of its kind in the world.  For more information on Aquatherm Industries, its products or its dealer network, contact Molly Friar, Aquatherm’s Sales & Marketing Manager at 1-800-535-6307, extension 226 or by email at mfriar@warmwater.com.

Eglin Air Force Base saves $25,000 a year by installing solar pool heating system

Aquatherm Industries Hits Price Per BTU Breakthrough

Lakewood, NJ – Aquatherm Industries, the largest U.S. manufacturer of swimming pool solar heating systems, announced a breakthrough in solar pool heater cost today as it has broken the $2 (USD)/sq. ft. mark for its Sunlite™ brand of pool solar heating systems.  The manufacturer believes this pricing is unprecedented in unglazed solar themal, and cites several factors which have allowed it to reduce long run average costs and break the $2/sq. ft. price point threshold.

The manufacturer reports its initial investment in machinery and tooling for Sunlite™ has been completely amortized – over the course of its 25 million square foot total production – since being introduced in 2000.  Over that time, improved production efficiencies and quality control processes have resulted in less waste and helped to lower production costs.

With two patents currently protecting Aquatherm’s Sunlite™ product, the manufacturer has garnered a nearly 53% market share in the industry.  The pool solar panel’s unique “insert-molded” header design was recognized as a breakthrough in solar pool heating technology when the product launched a decade ago, and continues to set the standard for the industry moving forward.

Aquatherm also cites economies of scale as a major influencing factor on pricing.  In 2005, the Lakewood, NJ factory underwent a 25,000 square foot expansion – effectively doubling the building’s total size.  With the addition of roughly 15,000 square feet of warehouse space, the manufacturer has been able to make larger bulk purchases of its specially-formulated polypropylene resin from suppliers, further reducing costs.

Using performance rating data from the independent Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) – which measures a solar collector’s ability to efficiently transfer thermal energy from the sun into usable heat (in the case of solar thermal, BTUs) – Sunlite™ is rated at 1,000 BTUs per square foot.  Based on the manufacturer’s newly released pricing, Sunlite™ carries a price per BTU of only $0.002 – making it the most cost-effective BTU on the planet. Sunlite Solar Pool Heaters can be found on the web at www.sunlitesolar.com.

About Aquatherm Solar Pool Heaters:

Aquatherm Industries is the largest manufacturer of solar pool heating systems in the United States, the only U.S. manufacturer of NSF listed solar pool heaters, and the only U.S. solar collector manufacturer to achieve the ISO 9001:2008 quality standard.  Aquatherm manufactures several of the industry’s leading brands of solar pool heating collectors, including the Solar Industries and Ecosun collectors.

Aquatherm’s entire manufacturing process takes place at its 50,000-square foot technology center in Lakewood, NJ – the most modern facility of its kind in the world.  For more information on Aquatherm Industries, its products or its dealer network, contact Molly Friar, Aquatherm’s Sales & Marketing Manager at 1-800-535-6307, extension 226 or by email at mfriar (at) warmwater (dot) com.

Eglin Air Force Base Saves $24,000 with Solar Pool Heater

Operation:  Swim Warm

At Eglin Air Force Base in Valparaiso, FL, the nearly 14,000 square foot pool is used for recruit training and exercise, as well as recreation and leisure for those stationed at the base and their families. But for facility operators, the cost of keeping the pool warm enough to use was costing the base upwards of several thousand dollars each month. Solar thermal was proposed as the most cost-effective alternative to the existing gas-powered boiler, and an invitation to bid went out.

Sean Gardner, owner of Compass Solar in Pensacola, FL, has been selling and installing the Ecosun Solar Pool Heating System in the Florida panhandle for over 10 years, with a number of large commercial projects under his belt. Sean’s experience and dedication to quality has helped him achieve the elite distinction of becoming an Ecosun Master Dealer. Though the Eglin installation would be his largest to date, Sean eagerly threw his hat in the ring for the project.

Sean explained to facility operators how his proposed design – an array of 164 black polypropylene collectors (often referred to as panels) – could dramatically reduce their operating costs by harnessing the sun’s free energy. Each collector is divided into just over 100 small tubes that water runs directly through.  As the pool water circulates through the collectors, over 1,000 BTUs of thermal energy per square foot are absorbed by the water before returning to the pool.

Based on Sean’s comprehensive payback analysis and experience, Compass Solar was awarded the bid.  The collectors were mounted on eight custom all-aluminum ground racks adjacent to the pool, ranging in size from 52’ long to as long as 104’ long.  The racks were then anchored by 160 2’ x 4’ concrete footers poured using round forms. Thanks to Ecosun’s highest-rated vented solar pool heating collector design, the system can withstand 140 mile-per-hour winds of three second gusts.

With the housing market stagnant and new pool construction still down, there has been a natural shift in most Dealers’ markets toward larger commercial pools and aquatic facilities.  “This was definitely the largest solar pool heating project we had ever taken on,” says Sean, “but thanks to my crew and everyone involved, it was also one of the most fun.”

When operational, the solar array is capable of heating over 650 gallons of pool water, per minute.  The system is expected to generate 5.9 million BTUs daily, offsetting approximately 1.7 Megawatts daily. Capable of consistently providing temperatures of 85 to 95 degrees from March to December, the system can be adjusted by raising or lowering a thermostat-style knob.  The collectors will be drained during the colder months to prevent freezing, and the existing gas-powered boiler will handle the heating load.

“The goal of the $177,175 project is to reduce gas consumption and up-keep on the existing boiler,” according to Pablo Cruz, of the 96th Civil Engineer Group. “The solar pool heater is expected to save the base $24,000 per year and should pay for itself in approximately seven years.”

Eglin Air Force Base joins a growing number of military bases going solar in an attempt to reduce operating costs and go green.  With an ongoing push by the United States government to go green, most military installations start with their biggest energy hogs – in many cases a swimming pool or aquatic training facility. Heating a pool with natural gas, propane, or electric by means of a conventional fossil-fuel heater consumes a massive amount of energy and can cost thousands of dollars a month to maintain a comfortable temperature.

Aquatherm Organizational Profile

As part of our recent ISO 9001:2008 registration we put some time into revisiting our organizational profile – essentially our core competencies and mission statement.  We thought we’d open the kimono, so to speak, and share it here on our blog.

Aquatherm Industries Organizational Profile
Aquatherm defines itself as a “customer intimate” organization – focusing on delivering not what the market is asking for, but what our customers are asking for. We do not pursue one-time transactions, but cultivate long-term relationships. We specialize in satisfying unique needs, which often by virtue of our close relationships and intimate knowledge of our customers, we can satisfy.

Our core competency is the sales, marketing and manufacturing of low-temperature solar thermal collectors for use on residential and commercial swimming pools as well as other low-temperature domestic water and industrial process heating applications throughout the world. In addition, we constantly seek out new uses for our products and technologies.

Aquatherm’s goal was never to be the largest; but simply the best at what we do. If, by doing that, we in-turn became the largest at what we do, then so be it. We are committed to:

  • Maintaining our image with honesty and integrity.
  • Responding to our customers’ needs with extraordinary service.
  • Respect for individual initiative and personal growth.
  • Provide the best product value.
  • Continental operational improvement in all that we do.
  • Follow a hierarchy of responsibilities; customers first, employees second, society at large third, and shareholders fourth.

What Does It Mean to Be the Only NSF-listed Solar Pool Heater?

Q: What does all this NSF stuff mean?  How exactly does being NSF-listed benefit pool owners and the pool industry in general?

A: When Aquatherm made the decision to subject our products to rigorous safety, durability, and toxicity testing by NSF International, we did so for a few reasons:

First and foremost, peace-of-mind for the hundreds-of-thousands of pool owners and swimmers who benefit from our solar pool heating systems every day.  Our NSF-50 listing assures Aquatherm system owners that the only thing coming out of their solar pool heater is warm, comfortable water.

“NSF International helps protect consumers by certifying products and writing standards for food, water, and consumer goods. As an independent, not-for-profit organization, our ongoing public health commitment is to encourage everyone to live safer” – National Sanitation Foundation (NSF)

After public safety, comes quality.  After running our collectors and components through the gamut of testing by NSF, we are more confident than ever to say we manufacturer “the most trusted brands in solar pool heating.”  With every step of the manufacturing process performed under one roof at our 50,000 sq ft factory in Lakewood, NJ, we have total control over the quality of every last component we ship.  Even our proprietary dual-durometer EPDM couplers (no radiator hose, here) have been tested by NSF to ensure they will not rupture, burst, leak, or sustain any kind of permanent deformation.

Lastly, having the only NSF-listed solar pool heating system in the world gives our Dealers & Distributors a huge selling advantage over their competition – particularly in the commercial pool and aquatics facilities sector.  Did you know that NSF-50 is actually required for recreational water products in most of the U.S.?  With the health and safety of their swimmers being a top priority for commercial pool owners and operators, it’s easy to see why our NSF listing helps close the deal.

Q: What is the difference between NSF-50 and NSF-61?

A: Though NSF Standard 61 is commonly known as the standard for potable water applications, actual testing methodology goes no further than testing for acceptable levels of contaminants per drinking water standards. The chart below shows some of the different testing methods NSF uses to determine if a product is approved for a listing under Standards 50 and 61 (click it to view larger):

Clearly, NSF Standard 50 goes far and beyond to ensure a product is safe and durable enough for recreational and commercial swimming pool water applications.  Each of these tests ensure the collectors and fittings will not rupture, burst, leak, or sustain any kind of permanent deformation.

Aquatherm is proud to manufacture the only solar pool heating system in the world tested to and NSF standard, and we will continue to push the envelope on quality and competitive advantage as we move forward.

 

How Much Will A Solar Pool Heater Cost?

Q:  How much does solar cost to install and operate compared with other types of pool heaters?

A:  Generally speaking, the initial cost of installing a solar pool heater is slightly higher than a gas-fired or electric pool heater. However, while the annual cost of electricity to run a heat pump may be only two thirds that of natural gas (and far less than propane), the sun’s energy is FREE! Once a solar pool heating system is installed there are zero operating costs. That’s right, no more ridiculously high utility bills just to use your pool comfortably! In fact, over a 15-year span of heating your pool installing a solar pool heater can save you up to $28,000.

Click on the graph to view larger.

Q: But, doesn’t the pump have to run longer? And it must be working harder to push all that pool water up to the roof?

Actually, a high-efficiency solar pool heating system only needs about 6-8 hours of good sunlight each day to effectively heat a swimming pool. Most residential pools already run their pump or filter at least 8 hours a day (8-12 is recommended). So, as long as the pool is being filtered, it is being heated.

There is more than enough power in today’s pumps to operate a solar pool heater without stressing the motor. Did you know a 1-horsepower pump is capable of pushing a column of water 60-70 feet in the air, without breaking a sweat? Once water is diverted up to the roof, physics tells us it has to come back down – creating what is known as a “siphon effect” – effectively helping to reduce pressure drop at the pump. In the end, the pump is simply overcoming a very minor frictional loss.

We’ll be posting a new FAQ every Friday, so feel free to comment with your questions below, send us an email at marketing@warmwater.com, or head over to our Facebook page and ask us there.

If we pick your question to answer on FAQ Fridays, we’ll send you this super cool Aquatherm stress ball!

Aquatherm Achieves ISO 9001:2008 Registration

Manufacturer displays continuing commitment to quality control and customer satisfaction.

Lakewood, NJ – July 26, 2011 – Aquatherm Industries, already the industry’s most tested and most trusted manufacturer of solar pool heating systems is proud to announce that it has been successfully audited and certified as an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008 Company.  Aquatherm’s registered and certified Quality Management System (QMS) will provide continuous improvements – increasing resource efficiencies, deliverables quality, and enhanced customer satisfaction.

ISO International Organization of Standards

This voluntary achievement confirms Aquatherm’s unwavering commitment to quality-of-service standards, and lets our customers know that the company adheres to documented processes and procedures that ensure ongoing improvements in delivering global customer support.  The company’s strict compliance with other quality standards including IAPMO, NSF and CSA helped fast-track the auditing process.

“We believe that Aquatherm is the first and only U.S. solar collector manufacturer to become part of this elite group of companies,” said President and CEO Dave Sizelove. “This certification is a huge step in the direction to not only meet, but exceed our customer’s expectations.”

[View Aquatherm's ISO registration certificate here]

ISO 9001:2008 certification represents an international consensus on good management practices. It ensures the use of effective processes, which are consistently monitored and continually improved, with the aim of ensuring that an organization can repeatedly deliver products and services that meet the customer’s quality requirements. As part of the certification process, Aquatherm demonstrated to its auditors a company-wide understanding of the ISO 9001:2008 standard and sound, documented management processes.

Aquatherm’s ISO Registration joins a long list of certifications and approvals for Aquatherm and its products, including the Florida Solar Energy Center, Solar Rating & Certification Corporation, International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials, City of Los Angeles, CSA International and most recently National Sanitation Foundation Standard 50 – a safety, durability, and toxicity standard sought by commercial pool owners and operators.

Aquatherm Industries manufacturing facility Lakewood NJ

Clockwise from top: Aquatherm Industries' 50,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Lakewood, NJ; A close-up of the assembly process that produces hundreds of quality solar collectors each day; Aquatherm relies on skilled operators to maintain consistent quality control.

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Aquatherm Industries is the largest manufacturer of solar pool heating systems in the United States, with a management team consisting of over 100-years combined experience. Aquatherm manufactures several of the industry’s leading brands of solar pool heating collectors, including the Solar Industries and Ecosun collectors. For more information on Aquatherm Industries, its products or its dealer network, contact Molly Friar, Aquatherm’s Sales & Marketing Manager at 1-800-535-6307, extension 226 or by email at mfriar@warmwater.com.

 

NSF Takes Further Regulatory Action Against UMA Solar For False NSF Claim

NSF Regulatory has released the following statement regarding false claims made by UMA Solar regarding their Heliociol and Sunstar solar pool heaters.  UMA has falsely represented its Heliocol and Sunstar brands of solar pool heating systems by claiming they are NSF-61 certified.  They are, in fact, not certified to any NSF standard.

“UMA Solar has distributed statements claiming that their Heliocol and SunStar solar collectors were certified by NSF to NSF/ANSI Standard 61. These products are not currently certified by NSF to NSF/ANSI Standard 61.

On April 27, 2011 UMA Solar issued a press release concerning NSF-61 Certification for their Heliocol and SunStar solar collectors. Subsequently they issued a retraction. The retraction did state that the Heliocol and SunStar solar collectors are not, in and of themselves, certified by NSF.” – NSF

Aquatherm is still the only solar manufacturer to have passed the strict safety, durability & toxicity standards set forth by NSF.  NSF’s Standard 50 is particularly important in commercial swimming pools and other public aquatic facilities.

The screenshot below was taken directly from NSF’s regulatory page:

Dealer Photo Contest! PPP: Pools, Panels & People!

We are announcing our first “PPP” Photo Contest for Aquatherm Dealers! We are always looking for great installation photos to add to our marketing efforts, websites, and dealer requests. So what’s the “PPP” stand for? They’re what make the best pictures – Panels, Pools and People. From now until the end of July we are asking that you submit your best installation photos past and present included. What’s in it for you?

Aquatherm will pick the top ten photos and will award the following prizes:

• 1st – 5th place photos will receive an easy-to-use Flip Camera to be able to capture video of your systems to show your customers, post on your website, or even upload to YouTube.

• 6th – 10th place photos will receive a free 4′ x 12′ panel.

The contest ends July 30th so start looking through your best pictures or start clicking now! We will accept a hard-copy mailed photo or a digital version (300 dpi resolution or greater please) emailed to us. Winners will be announced on August 6, 2011. We look forward to seeing some great installation photos and know how hard it will be to pick the top 10.

 

Additional Aquatherm Solar Pool Heaters Receive NSF-50

Lakewood, NJ – June 20, 2011 – Aquatherm Industries, manufacturer of solar thermal heating systems for swimming pools, has announced its Sunlite and Ecolite products have passed the strict testing criteria set forth by the National Sanitation Foundation and are now NSF-50 listed.

The standard, which is required by most U.S. states, concerns the safety, durability and toxicity of products that are used in public or commercial swimming pools, spas and other recreational water facilities like water parks.

“The certification of Aquatherm helps assure homeowners and operators at recreational water facilities that their passive solar radiant heaters are free from unacceptable levels of contaminants and perform and continue to perform effectively under the intended use conditions,” said Dave Purkiss, General Manager for NSF International’s Water Treatment and Distribution program.

Certification testing includes: material safety, corrosion resistance, design and construction, product marking, dimensional testing, hydrostatic pressure testing at 1.5x the working pressure, design burst pressure testing at 2.0x the working pressure, head loss or pressure loss testing, 20,000 cycle high/low pressure testing, high temperature burst pressure safety testing, marking, and labeling requirements.

“Now, more than ever, pool owners need to be assured that the only byproduct of their solar pool heater is warmer water and a longer swimming season,” said Dave Sizelove, Aquatherm’s President & CEO. “With the addition of Sunlite and Ecolite, all Aquatherm products are now listed NSF-50, which means we can provide that piece of mind.”

At the time of this release, Aquatherm is still the first and only manufacturer to receive NSF-50 certification for solar pool heating systems.

Aquatherm Industries is the largest manufacturer of solar pool heating systems in the United States, with a management team consisting of over 100-years combined experience. Aquatherm manufactures several of the industry’s leading brands of solar pool heating collectors, including the Solar Industries and Ecosun collectors. For more information on Aquatherm Industries, its products or its dealer network, contact Molly Friar, Aquatherm’s Sales & Marketing Manager at 1-800-535-6307, extension 226 or by email at mfriar@warmwater.com.

 

AQUATHERM SOLAR POOL HEATERS RECEIVE CSA CERTIFICATION

Canadian safety standard adds to long list of certifications and approvals for U.S. manufacturer.

Lakewood, NJ – May 25, 2011 – Aquatherm Industries, manufacturer of solar heaters for swimming pools located in Lakewood, NJ, has received a certificate of verification for its Solar Industries and Ecosun Solar Pool Heating Systems from CSA International, the Canadian Standards Association.

CSA International is a provider of product testing and certification services for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a variety of other products. Recognized in the U.S., Canada and around the world, CSA’s marks appear on billions of products worldwide. Aquatherm’s products have been verified under Class 8854-01 to CAN/CSA-F378 – “Unglazed, Water-heating, Flat Plate Solar Collector.”

“Our hope is the addition of a CSA mark on Aquatherm’s two flagship products will serve to further differentiate ourselves and our Dealer network throughout North America,” said President/CEO Dave Sizelove. “Aquatherm Solar Pool Heaters are already the most tested and the most trusted in the industry and a CSA mark provides further assurance of quality and safety in the eyes of pool owners.”

The verification joins a long list of certifications and approvals on Aquatherm products, including the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), Solar Rating & Certification Corporation (SRCC), International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), City of Los Angeles, and most recently National Sanitation Foundation Standard 50 (NSF-50) – a safety, durability, and toxicity standard required by commercial pools.

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Aquatherm Industries is the largest manufacturer of solar pool heating systems in the United States, with a management team consisting of over 100-years combined experience. Aquatherm manufactures several of the industry’s leading brands of solar pool heating collectors, including the Solar Industries and Ecosun collectors. For more information on Aquatherm Industries, its products or its dealer network, contact Molly Friar, Aquatherm’s Sales & Marketing Manager at 1-800-535-6307, extension 226 or by email at mfriar@warmwater.com.

 

Do "Solar" Covers Really Work?

swimming-pool-solar-coverWhat’s the difference between a solar heater and a “solar” cover?  That’s like asking what the difference between a swimming pool and a hole in the ground.

A solar pool heating system circulates pool water through solar collectors (or panels), transferring the sun’s warmth into your pool.  A solar cover, while great at keeping heat in, does not actually generate warmth in your pool (a swimming pool loses up to 70% of its heat through evaporation – a cover acts as a lid, trapping the heat).

Most pool owners have, at one time or another, tried one of the popular bubble-type “solar” covers on their swimming pool, hoping to take the chill off.  Other more recent entries into the solar cover industry include circular plastic discs, or solar rings.  Unfortunately, some newer entries have tried to claim heating capabilities upwards of 20,000 BTUS per disc. In the end, no solar cover will ever heat a pool like a solar pool heater will.

That being said, while a cover may not heat a pool, it will definitely help keep that heat in.  For that reason, it is always a smart idea to utilize some sort of cover on your pool.

Gold Medal Installation: Fort Sill Army Base

With an ongoing push by the United States government to go green, most military installations start with their biggest energy hogs – in many cases an indoor swimming pool or aquatic training facility.  Heating an indoor pool consumes a massive amount of energy (since it receives no direct light from the sun) and can cost thousands of dollars a month to maintain a comfortable temperature.


The 2,400 square foot (270,000 gallons) Rinehart Indoor Pool at the Fort Sill Army post near Lawton, OK is utilized year-round by both military and civilian swimmers for general recreation, fitness, and training. The pool even plays host to regular “Learn to Swim” classes held for the families of the soldiers stationed there.  Keeping the pool at a comfortable temperature for all those swimmers cost upwards of several thousand dollars a month with the existing 630,000 BTU natural gas heater.  Facility management knew there had to be a more cost-effective way to keep the pool water warm.

SEI Group, the energy-efficiency consultant hired to research alternative means of heating the pool, didn’t take long to provide a recommendation to Rinehart.  The Group had heard good things about the 84-collector solar pool heating installation at the Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, GA – installed by Aquatherm Master Dealer & Distribution Center Suncatcher of Atlanta – and was certain the indoor pool at Fort Sill could benefit from the warmth of the sun, as well.  After Gerry Kilgore, President of Suncatcher, made the 2-hour drive to provide a bid, SEI and Fort Sill were convinced they had the right man for the job.

Suncatcher of Atlanta designed a custom rack to hold 135 Solar Industries Collectors, with a 41-degree tilt to maximize solar absorption in the winter months when the sun is highest in the sky.  With over 4,200 feet of 3” plumbing to move water to and from the collectors, the Rinehart Indoor Pool Solar Heating System will generate over 2.6 million BTUs every day – the equivalent of 278 MW every year – cutting annual heating costs by 47%.

Swimmers at the Rinehart Pool living green and swimming warm!


Profit from pool heating with Aquatherm's Partner's Program

Partners Program Logo

The Aquatherm Partner’s Program is designed for pool professionals with customers asking about solar, but no one to refer them to. The Partner’s Program connects the pool industry (builders, service & retail) to reputable local solar installers in the Aquatherm Network, who can assist in providing system components all the way to turnkey installations.  We make it easy to integrate solar into your existing plan.

Though, your local Aquatherm Regional Distribution Center or local Dealer can tailor a program that’s just right for you, here are the three traditional ways of adding solar to your services offered:

1. Referral Program
The local Aquatherm solar partner provides a display or literature for his pool partner’s retail store. The pool partner refers his customers to his solar partner, who designs, sells, installs and services the solar pool heating system. The pool partner may also provide a list of his customers whom the solar partner can solicit. The pool partner receives a referral fee on all sales. Read more…

A Solar Point of View

Fantastic AQUA Magazine article following one pool owner’s purchasing decision as he makes the move to install a solar pool heater.  The article features long time Solar Industries Dealer & Aquatherm Regional Distribution Center Gerry Kilgore of Suncatcher of Atlanta.

Solar View

By Scott Webb
September 2010

The cold was bothering him. The water was cold, and it was keeping his kids out of the pool, which defeated its purpose. “If I’m going to have a pool,” he said to himself, “I want to get the most out of it, for myself and my kids. Maybe I need a heater.”

What was his first move? He didn’t stop in at a pool store or dig up an old copy of the Yellow Pages. He fired up his computer.

He didn’t know what type of heater he wanted; he just knew he wanted a warm pool. He read some things about solar and gas heaters and thought about it for a while. Read more…

Commercial pool market positioned for huge solar boom

COMMERCIAL SOLAR POOL HEATING PREDICTED TO GROW TO $6,000,000,000 MARKET OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS!

A proposed 30% federal tax credit for commercial solar pool heating has been introduced by Senators’ Feinstein of California and Merkley of Oregon. Once approved, Senate Bill S.2899 will extend the existing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to add commercial solar pool heating to the existing 30% Investment Tax Credit for solar.

Commercial swimming pools – such as those at hotels, motels, health clubs, and schools – are perfect candidates for solar heating, since owners and operators have no choice but to keep their pools at a comfortable temperature year-round.

Said Senator Merkley, “This bill makes sure incentives for renewable energy keep functioning during this recession and keep acting as job-creation engines. Les Nelson, Chairman of the Solar Energy Industries Association Thermal Division says that “even with only a 35% market penetration of 65,000 pools, it would require an estimated 3.25 million solar collectors be installed.”

With the pending legislation fully backed by SEIA, it is only a matter of time before the flood-gates open on this market. The question is, what will you do now to prepare for this opportunity? With over 20-years of experience in the commercial solar pool heating market, Aquatherm is ready to be your partner and help you get your share of this potential $6 billion dollar market. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.

Aquatherm Solar Pool Heaters receive NSF-50 certification

Aquatherm Industries is proud to announce we have become the first and only manufacturer to receive NSF-50 certification for solar pool heating systems.

The National Sanitation Foundation standard 50, which is required by most U.S. states, covers products that are used in public or commercial swimming pools, spas and other recreational water facilities like water parks.  “The certification of Aquatherm helps assure homeowners and operators at recreational water facilities that their passive solar radiant heaters are free from unacceptable levels of contaminants and perform and continue to perform effectively under the intended use conditions,” said Dave Purkiss, General Manager for NSF International’s Water Treatment and Distribution program.

Certification includes: material safety, corrosion resistance, design and construction, product marking, dimensional testing, hydrostatic pressure testing at 1.5x the working pressure, design burst pressure testing at 2.0x the working pressure, head loss or pressure loss testing, 20,000 cycle high/low pressure testing, high temperature burst pressure safety testing, marking, and labeling requirements.

“We are excited to have the first and only solar pool heating collector to be certified by NSF, which adds tremendous credibility to the Aquatherm brand image in the commercial pool market as well as a powerful tool for the Aquatherm Dealer Network,” said David Sizelove, President of Aquatherm. “Residential pool owners and their families can also rest assured, knowing their solar pool heater and the water they swim in is safe.”

ECOSUN Collector Receives Patent for Unique Venting

Aquatherm Industries has received Issue Notification from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for U.S. Patent No. 7,634,994, regarding the unique vented web design of its Ecosun Solar Pool Heating Collectors.

The vented web allows for moisture ventilation for the roof, as well as increased wind load relief during adverse weather conditions.

The method by which these vents are created is unique in that no material is removed in the process. Instead, “slits” are engineered into the tube-and-web design, maximizing collector surface area. This breakthrough design resulted in a performance rating from the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) of 1,010 BTUs per square foot, making Ecosun the highest-efficiency vented solar pool heating collector available today.

For more information, visit the ECOSUN website at www.warmwater.com

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