Why A Reclaim Heat Pump
A Reclaim Energy Heat Pump Hot Water System requires much less electricity to heat water when compared to conventional hot water systems.
In Australia, our electricity prices continue to increase, and an electric hot water system contributes significantly to a household’s energy costs. Comprehensive savings can be made by using a more efficient hot water system, up to 80% on conventional electric system.
By combining a Reclaim Energy Heat Pump to integrate with your Solar PV System maximises your savings further by storing the power you are generating as hot water. It is designed to consume excess solar production during peak sun hours and take advantage of the energy already being created rather than exporting it back to the grid. The system is suitable for all Australian conditions and variations in climate.
As electricity prices continue to rise each year, a Reclaim Energy CO2 Heat Pump Hot Water System is not only a great financial choice but a sustainable one as well.
Standard hot water system
3.6Kw electrical input to create 3.6Kw thermal output
Reclaim energy heat pump
1kW electrical input to create 5.24kW thermal output (32C temperature)
How The System Works
A Reclaim Energy CO2 Heat Pump Hot Water System uses leading technology to draw energy in from the ambient atmosphere and transfer it into heat.
Ozone friendly refrigerant (CO2) absorbs the heat, which then flows into a compressor, where it’s converted into a high temperature gas. It then passes through a condenser within the water heat exchanger and the water is heated and then stored in the hot water tank for later use.
The Reclaim Energy CO2 Heat Pump Hot Water System is made up of 3 parts; a heat pump (compressor), a storage tank and a controller. The system’s heat exchange collects heat from the air surrounding the unit to use as energy to heat up a pressurised refrigerant, which is ozone friendly CO2.
A Reclaim Energy CO2 Heat Pump Hot Water System has an average COP of 5 which means that for 1 kW of electric input, it generates about 5 kW thermal output. This is about 80% less energy when compared to traditional electric element hot water systems, where 1 kW of electricity generates 1 kW of thermal output.
Reclaim heat pump advantages
- Large range of tank sizes from 160lts to 400lts
- Easy to install
- Energy efficient and money saving
- Glass Lined Enamel and Stainless Steel tank options
- Top down Heat Pump - constant hot water from the heat pump is returning to the top of the tank giving constant hot water. With a conventional electric hot water system, elements are at the bottom, so heat is generated from the bottom of the tank and hot water is not available in the next 2-3 hours of element activation
- CO2 refrigerant suited to excel in cold weather conditions
- CO2 refrigerant naturally environmentally friendly
- High coefficient of performance (COP) creating high energy from low energy input
- Quietest system on the market with an average noise level of 37dB
- Has the ability to heat hot water from as little as $1 per day
- One shot boost function for continuous hot water
- Designed to use excess solar power generation rather than exporting it to the grid, giving you control of your energy
- Smart controller allows customers to take control over their energy costs and consumption
- Stainless Steel available in tall and squat tank for sub floor installs STC rebate approved Qualifies for the Victorian Solar Hot Water rebate
A Smart Controller puts the control in your hands and ensures that the Reclaim Energy CO2 Heat Pump Hot Water System provides a highly efficient, low operating cost hot water solution.
The controller allows you, the homeowner to customise of how and when the hot water system works.
Feature of the Smart Controller
- 4 pre-set options including PV operational window (i.e. 10 am-4 pm) together with an option with two operational windows, which allows you to minimise and match your hot water production with your consumption and lower your hot water costs
- Single shot boost – providing all the hot water needed on demand
- Off peak management ensures running costs are kept to a minimum
- Continuous hot water with a set and forget feature
Option 1: 24/7 operation
Option 2 (off-peak 1 per CER method): 10 pm – 7 am
Option 3: 12 am – 6 am (6 hours)
Option 4: 10 am – 4 pm
Option 5: timer with two zones for customised operations
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can you use/integrate solar thermal with the Reclaim Energy Heat Pump System?
Reclaim Energy does not offer this for a couple of reasons. Firstly, rebates are only available for standalone heat pump water heaters. And secondly, the Reclaim Energy operational temperature is stable at 63°C, while solar thermal operational temperature fluctuates between 30-90°C, depending on the availability of solar energy. These two techniques can work against each other and one system can affect the thermal energy produced from another. The Reclaim Heat Pump can heat up a 315L tank in less than 3 hours, while solar thermal systems can take a full day. Combining two technologies can achieve a small return on energy savings, but requires a special tank and controller made for this purpose, which Reclaim Energy does not offer, or recommend, at this stage.
Can a Reclaim Energy CO2 Heat Pump Hot Water System be used with an on-roof solar system (PV) that produces electricity?
Yes. The Smart controller of the Reclaim Energy CO2 Heat Pump Hot Water System allows you to customise your hot water management to optimise your PV energy production. It has a pre-set option for PV systems where the system will receive power from the time of day that the PV system is producing power. 10am for a period of 6 hours, or until System has reached 60oC. The PV system creates power and feeds the CO2 Heat Pump to heat the water for free, instead of going back into the grid.
Do I need to register my warranty?
No, Total Solar Solutions will handle your warranty registration with Reclaim
What do I do if my Reclaim Energy CO2 Heat Pump Hot Water System has a problem?
Please contact Total Solar Solutions on 03 9729 0894
Is water quality an important consideration for the Reclaim Energy CO2 Heat Pump Hot Water System?
Yes it is. In high chloride water supply areas, the water can corrode some parts of the heat pump and tank, causing them to fail. Where the chloride level exceeds 200mg/litre, any warranty does not apply to the heat pump and tank units. pH is a measure of whether water is alkaline or acid. In an acidic water supply, water can attack parts of the heat pump and tank, causing them to fail. No warranty applies to the heat pump and tank units where the pH is less than 6.5 or more than 8.5. Water supplied from a rainwater tank in a metropolitan area is likely to be corrosive due to the presence of atmospheric contaminants in the water. Water with a pH of less than 6.5 can be treated to raise the pH. It is recommended that an analysis of water from a rainwater tank be conducted before connecting this type of water supply to a Reclaim Energy CO2 Heat Pump Hot Water System.
Can I operate the Reclaim Energy CO2 Heat Pump Hot Water System on off peak tariffs?
Yes. The Smart Controller has 5 pre-sets that allow you to customise your hot water management at the touch of a button. This can be used to set the CO2 Heat Pump to operate on the cheapest tariffs to ensure the household energy budget is controlled.
Smart Controller Options:
Option 1 – a default mode that runs the system 24/7, turning on and off through the thermostat.
Option 2 – Off Peak 1 Mode commences at 2200 hours (10pm) and remains active for 9 hours.
Option 3 – Off Peak 2 Mode commences at 2400 hours (12 am) and remains active for 6 hours.
Option 4 – a preset mode for customers with PV systems. The system will receive power from the time of day that the PV system is producing power. 10am for a period of 5 hours, or until System has reached 60°C. The PV system creates power and feeds the CO2 Heat Pump to heat the water for free, instead of going back into the grid.
Option 5 – allows the setting of boosting times based on custom requirements.
Does the Reclaim Energy CO2 Heat Pump Hot Water System require the assistance of an electric backup/booster element to heat water, when outside temperatures are very low?
No, the Reclaim Energy CO2 Heat Pump Hot Water System does not require an electric booster element.
At what temperatures will the Reclaim Energy CO2 Heat Pump Hot Water System operate effectively?
The Reclaim Energy CO2 Heat Pump Hot Water System will operate effectively between -10ºC and 43ºC, without the need for an electric backup/booster element. It is also fitted with an inbuilt freeze protection, making it suitable for all Australian conditions and climate variations.
Why does the Reclaim Energy CO2 Heat Pump Hot Water System use CO2 as a refrigerant?
CO2 has far less environmental impact, that is no ozone layer depletion and minimal global warming, when compared to other commonly used refrigerants. It has excellent thermodynamic ability, allowing much higher efficiency in the system, with more heat being transferred to the water, for less energy used.
Which Reclaim Energy CO2 Heat Pump Hot Water System should I choose?
The residential 6 kW CO2 heat pump unit be combined with different size storage tank. The storage tank size includes 160L, 250 L, 315 L, and 400 L. There is a Stainless Steel storage tank – available in two variations – Tall and Squat, suitable for all non-high mineral, or bore water applications; or a Glass Lined Enamel tank, suitable for all water types, including high mineral and bore water.
How does a CO2 Heat Pump Hot Water System work?
The Reclaim Energy CO2 Heat Pump Hot Water System operates like a refrigerator in reverse. It contains a fan that forces air through an evaporator that contains a refrigerant. The heat in the air passes through the evaporator and is absorbed by a natural refrigerant, CO2. The warm gaseous refrigerant is circulated in the system via a compressor. As it passes through the compressor, its pressure rises, as does its temperature. This hot refrigerant then passes through a heat exchanger to heat the water, which is finally pumped to the storage tank.
Is the Reclaim Energy CO2 Heat Pump Hot Water System an energy efficient hot water system and how does it compare to a conventional electric hot water system?
Yes, the Reclaim Energy CO2 Heat Pump Hot Water System is very energy efficient. It uses only 20% of the energy required by an electric storage hot water system, saving up to 80% compared to conventional electric hot water energy costs.