Apricus solar ready hot water tanks help you get ready to connect to solar for the future at a fraction of the cost. Features include:
10 Years Warranty
We stand by our products, that’s why we provide a 10 year warranty on all our solar ready hot water tanks
All solar ready tanks are designed specifically for the tough Aussie conditions.
Quality vitreous enamel construction
Our tanks have quality vitreous enamel construction designed to resist abrasion, chemicals, and corrosion, long term!
Polyurethane Foam Insulation
Superior Polyurethane Foam Insulation has super efficient thermal performance that can reduce energy usage to help you save money
Plumbers that install solar hot water ready tanks trust and prefer Apricus. Our systems are easy to install and the known superior performance means their customers are happy too.
National Support Network
Our products are available through 1,500 resellers across Australia so you’re guaranteed to have local, dedicated support.
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Apricus Electric Solar Hot Water Systems
If you need a new heater immediately and not ready to switch to a complete solar hot water system just yet, choose a solar ready hot water heater today from Apricus. You can upgrade to solar when you’re ready.
The Apricus Solar Ready Heater is a glass-lined electric, bottom element tank designed to provide year round, reliable hot water. The tanks are made from quality vitreous enamel construction and have polyurethane foam insulation. The plumber will recommend the size most suited to your home.
The solar ready hot water tank has a 10 Year Warranty* and can be used as a standalone electric water heater, ready to convert to a solar system when you decide to upgrade.
Solar Ready Hot water heater storage options:
And, when you're ready, it couldn't be easier to convert to solar
When you are ready to upgrade, you can purchase an Apricus Solar Retrofit Kit. The kit includes the solar hot water evacuated tube collector system and pump station kit. It is a simple installation for the installer.
If the Retro Fit Kit is installed within 60 days of the purchase of your hot water heater, you will be eligible to claim STC rebates. To be eligible for STCs, you must install a complete new solar water heater system that is listed in the CER Register of Solar Water Heaters.
The complete system must be installed within 60 days. Plan to enjoy the sustainable savings on your energy bills when your complete system is installed.
An Apricus solar hot water system is made up of evacuated tube solar collectors, a storage tank/hot water heater, a gas or electric booster and a solar controller and pump. We install the storage tank/hot water heater on the ground and the solar collectors are attached to the roof. The 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 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.
Consider installing a solar ready tank – It comes with a 10 year warranty and works just like an electric tank, which allows you to get back into hot water today, with the option of upgrading to solar at a later date, when you’ re ready. In fact, if you upgrade to solar within 60 days, you may still qualify for solar rebates (STC & VEEC in Victoria).
Apricus collectors can be added to an existing hot water system, but “retro-fit” systems are not applicable for any State and Federal rebates. Apricus recommends your existing tank to have solar flow and return ports available.
The amount of energy you will save varies; based on your location, water usage, and type of system you install. On average, an electric hot water system accounts for about 30% of your total household energy usage. Installing an Apricus will save you up to 80% of the energy used by your existing electric hot water unit.
As Apricus systems are a ‘ split system’ a standard 30 tube system weighs less than 110kgs on your roof. Systems with a tank on the roof generally weigh over 500kg when full of water (300ltrs water = 300kg).
The Solar Ready Tank is designed for solar – with a thicker wall and extra flow and return ports. It also comes with a 10 year warranty.* It can be used as a standalone tank or upgraded with a solar hot water system at a later date if/when you are ready.
You can install what is called a retro-fit kit, with the addition of a 5 way valve. However it could possibly void the existing storage tanks warranty, and you will not qualify for any STC or VEEC. A complete system after incentives might be a better investment for you.
This can be done, however care must be taken not to exceed the temperatures the storage tank can handle. If replacing a system with an on-roof storage tank, over-temperature protection must be installed as the evacuated tubes are capable of heating water to a higher temperature than that of an average flat panel system.
When thinking about the cost, you also need to take into consideration the ongoing/running costs. Going solar may be more expensive up-front, but the running costs will be much less, in fact – the more electricity/gas prices rise in the future, the more you will save!
If you have low hot water usage – instead of only considering the financial payback – consider the environmental benefits (CO2 emissions) and offsetting up to 80% of energy usage for hot water, allows consumers to gain energy freedom and free up cash that would usually be tied up in monthly/quarterly bills.
Apricus evacuated tube collectors are made to Australian and International standards. In terms of hail resistance, Apricus evacuated tubes have been independently tested and shown to withstand impact from a 25mm / 1′′ ice ball at 90km/hr. If you are in a region with extreme hail (much larger than 25mm / 1′′) then the solar collectors should be installed at an angle of 45° or greater, which greatly increases impact strength.
The Apricus evacuated tube design does not circulate water through the evacuated tube so if a tube is damaged, you will not experience any leaks. In fact, on a 30 tube system, even if you lost 3 x tubes from a branch or similar object falling on the collector, you will only lose 10% of your solar heating capability. The tubes are easily replaced by simply unclipping at the base, sliding the old tube out, and replacing with a new tube. In most cases, the copper heat pipe inside the tube will not need replacing.
Thickness does not always indicate strength. More important than thickness is the material structure and quality of the glass. Our glass thickness is 1.8mm, and has passed the hail impact testing to meet Australian standards. For example: some suppliers have glass of 1.6mm thickness which is stronger to impact than 2mm glass from another supplier due to better quality glass. So simply saying “this glass is thicker” is not a valid or useful comparison.
Evacuated tubes do not have an industry standard “degradation” value – however it is estimated that the tubes may lose approximately 0.5% output per annum. Apricus tubes are tested to the most stringent of standards, and have a barium coating to absorb any impurities that may occur over time within the tubes vacuum. Apricus heat pipes are manufactured from high purity, oxygen free copper to ensure the longevity of the vacuum. The tubes are covered by a 15 year warranty that they won’ t lose their vacuum, and if the vacuum is compromised within the evacuated tubes – they turn white as an indicator
Apricus manifolds are rated to handle extreme temperature and pressure (~180°C). During a period of no load (stagnation) the pressure and temperature relief valve fitted on the storage tank is all that is required.
Weight; our largest collector weighs only ~110kg on the roof full of water vs. half a tonne of an on roof system.
Temperature control/reduce water wastage; with a split system, the temperature in the tank is controlled via a controller – so once it is up to its maximum temperature it will not bring any more heat down, in an on-roof system the “max temperature” safety is usually hot water dumping onto the roof.
Aesthetically, most people say the split systems look much nicer on the roof
Apricus have been installing evacuated tube systems in Australia for over 10 years. The pump that is used is a high quality pump designed for solar and manufactured by Grundfos. Having a controller provides added functionality such as real time temperature read outs, data logging, over temperature control and makes troubleshooting and future servicing much faster.The controller is made in Germany by a company called Resol – who have been manufacturing and supplying controllers throughout Europe and the world for many years.
Ideally, the collector should face as close as possible to north (north-east and north-west are also acceptable under current standards), if a north facing roof is unavailable, the other options can include
Cross-pitching the collector on a due East or due West roof such that the collector faces north.
Reverse-pitching the collector on a south facing roof, such that the collector faces north.
The Apricus system has built-in frost protection, and can handle Australia’ s cold and varying climate. In fact the tubes also absorb UV light, and the vacuum prevents energy from escaping to the atmosphere making them work extremely well even in the coldest regions. The frost rating is down to -15°C without the use of frost valves or a chemical/anti-freeze solution that other systems require.
The Apricus systems are rated for cyclonic wind conditions – Apricus (ETC series) solar collectors are certified to be installed in all wind regions of Australia*. *Please read our installation manual for further details.
An STC is a small-scale technology certificate which represents the amount of electricity in megawatt hours (MWh) that would be displaced by the use of the solar water heater over its lifetime of up to 10 years. One STC is equivalent to one MWh of electricity offset by the solar water heater.
Apricus solar systems are brilliant. Solar hot water is to be installed correctly by correct solar accredited plumbers . I have a system 7 years old and only turn my booster on after 2 days of cloud. My family use approximately 200ltr of hot water daily.
The reason our company choose Apricus is that we KNOW they are the most reliable system on the market – bar none! We have had plenty of years installing all the major brand names in Solar and though some of them are not bad they just do not compare with the performance and reliability standards that set Apricus apart!
Professional opinion on the Apricus range of Hot Water Systerms
Great Service! Our unit is 6 years old. Rang Apricus because we had no hot water. They had it fixed on the same day. Great response and service. Even talked me through how to read controller and check pump.
Thank you Apricus.
Ros was very helpful with a recent warranty claim. My system is 5 years all heat tubes were replaced after speaking with Ros and a couple of emails. Great service
After 15 years of service it was time for a new pump. Ros was very helpful and found a replacement quickly after speaking to the technical team. It arrived the next day is is back up and running.
Very courteous and helpful. Couldn’t do enough for us. They fixed the problem straight away with no hassles. I would recommend this system. We now have very hot water. Thank you
My summer gas bill dropped from about $40 (actual usage) to $5 after getting this system. It is elevated above my solar panels, so made good use of my roof. The temperature is perfect at all times of the year (it does have a booster). I’ve used it since May 2014 and am very happy
Ros was exceptional getting the problem solved by diagnosing the fault and the speed of replacement parts to be installed by an Apricus plumber Graham who was very efficient.. well done to you all..
Had an issue with the Grunfos pump and Apricus (Ros) responded immediately to our query – very helpful and provided non stop courteous assistance in getting the system back up and running – and kept on with after care to ensure it was all operating well.A credit to the company.
Apricus Australia launched in 2005 under the direction of Chris Taylor and since its inception, the business has grown into a nationwide success, supplying state of the art solar hot water solutions to hundreds of thousands of homes all over Australia.