Pooled Energy’s new Solar Heater Control system is available – no need to repair/replace old solar controllers
Connecting Solar pool heaters
You can now ask us to connect any new or existing pool heater to the Pooled Energy Intelligent Pool Controller (IPC) for systems installed after February 2018. This will enable us to synchronise the heater operation with the other pool equipment, which typically saves energy and allows you to operate it remotely via the Pool App. Integrated operation is particularly important with solar heaters as these tend to run in the more expensive times of the day for those with time-of-use electricity.
The IPC will switch the heater on at the times you have requested, and synchronise its operation with the other pieces of pool equipment. Pooled Energy operates your heater to a water temperature set point in a much more energy efficient way than a conventional, pool heater setup.
Pooled Energy can manage your solar heater in three different ways, depending upon the type of solar heater that you have:
1. You have an Independent Solar Heater, that is, it has its own suction inlet and return pipe in the pool, and it can run independently of the pool filter. It has its own sensors, pump and solar controller. In this case, you can either leave it totally independent, or we can optionally connect it to the Pooled Energy Intelligent Pool Controller (IPC) at your request so as to schedule its operation.
2. You have an In-Line Solar Heater that requires the filter to also run when it operates. It has its own sensors, pump and solar controller, but it must run synchronised with the overall system. In this case, your solar controller must be connected to the IPC. Your solar pump will remain connected to your solar controller. Without a Pooled Energy system, the heater requires that the filter pump, which provides water flow to the solar heater pump, be running at full capacity, regardless of whether the pool temperature is above or below the heater set-point. With a Pooled Energy system, the filter pump for the heater is only turned on (or up to the required flow-rate) when the temperature is below the pool water temperature set-point. This can save you hours of pump electricity usage each day.
3. You have a solar heater that requires the filter pump to also run when it operates but no sensor and no solar controller. You do have a solar booster pump. In this case, the pump will be connected directly to the IPC and will be managed by it and will require additional cost components, which we can supply. It will operate similarly to (2) above
As an extension to the three options above, you may also choose to opt-in to Pooled Energy’s Solar Optimization for your solar pool heater. If you do, we will bypass your existing solar controller and control your solar pump using a smarter algorithm which draws on the daily weather forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology. This can have significant savings over conventional, thermometer-driven solar controllers which run additional minutes/hours of the solar pump each day in order to determine whether there is any benefit from running the solar pump.