The CopperHeart integral collector storage system, or ICS, combines thermal collection and storage in a single unit. The CopperHeart is engineered to meet the international demand for a simple, durable and inexpensive domestic water heating system. The retrofit CopperHeart installation typically serves as a solar preheater to the existing electric or gas water heater. For new construction the backup heater of choice is most often a compatible tankless gas water heater. In non-freeze climates the CopperHeart may be used as the primary water heater. For durability, reliability and simplicity of installation and operation the CopperHeart ICS has no peers.
If properly installed and maintained the CopperHeart ICS can safely be deployed in areas that experience occasional mild freeze conditons. SRCC Rated Freeze Tolerance: 20° F for 18 hours.
The Solar Rating & Certification Corporation OG-300 systems level rating is an independent assessment of both system reliability and performance. Systems that receive this rating must meet HUD minimum property standards in addition to a rigorous review performed by SRCC staff and design review team. Once the system has passed these quality assurance checks it undergoes a full performance analysis to estimate the actual solar contribution of the system towards an average hot water load. This contribution, as defined by the Solar Energy Factor is listed alongside the different variants of each system type.