Collector AE Series Solar Thermal Panels


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AE Series "Flat Plate" Solar Thermal Collectors are designed to meet the needs of any system from 30 to 50,000 gallons. Collectors can be used to provide hot water, space heating, air conditioning, and industrial process heating.  Available in five (5) models to accommodate varying gross area projects.

AE-Series Collectors are appropriate panels for any solar thermal application.  With it's C-Channel frame wall design it is the most cost effective collector AET provides while still meeting the highest industry standards for quality and durability.  All AE-Series collectors are OG-100 certified.

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  AE-SERIES Specifications

  • Glazing: Low Iron, high-temperature, tempered glass (1 sheet) with a total solar energy transmission of 90%. Iron content: 0.01% iron oxide. Thickness: 1/8” or 5/32".
  • Glazing Gasket: UV resistant, durable EPDM U-Channel with molded corners. Prohibits water penetration and assures long life.
  • Grommet: Extruded Silicone with 1-1/8" bore.
  • Collector Frame: 6063 -T6 Aluminum extrusion (1/8” wall thickness) with electrostatic paint finish and integral mounting system.
  • Collector Batten: 6005-T5 Aluminum extrusion (1/8” wall thickness) with electrostatic paint finish.
  • Corner Bracket: Architectural aluminum angles, internal to the collector box, with aircraft-grade pin grip rivets to ensure high stability.
  • Backsheet: Type 3105-H14 aluminum sheet, MB-40 medium bronze, 0.019" stucco embossed, pop-riveted to aluminum frame.
  • Fasteners: 5056 Aluminum rivets secure the backsheet. Batten screws are 18-8 Stainless Steel, 10-24 x 3/8", hex head, with black oxide coating.
  • Insulation: Foil-faced Poly-isocyanurate closed cell board insulation, 1" thick (R-6.7), with 3/4" Foil-faced poly-isocyanurate board in sidewalls (R-5).
  • Absorber Plate: Exclusively manufactured by Thermafin™ Mfg., a 100% copper absorber plate. High frequency forge welded for a permanent molecular bond between tube and fin. No soldered or crimped joints to fail from expansion and contraction. Warrantied for 30 years on fin-to-tube joint.
  • Absorber Coating: Crystal Clear Selective Coating, exclusively by Thermafin™ Mfg., formulated for high absorptivity (α>0.96) and low emissivity (ε<0.08).
  • Design Life: 30-50 Years
  • Warranty: 10 Years
  • Test Pressure: 160 PSI: each absorber plate individually pressure tested to ensure quality Working Pressure: 150 PSI


Collector AE-21 AE-24 AE-26 AE-32 AE-40
Length (in) 85.187 97.187 77.187 97.187 121.187
Width (in) 35.187 35.187 47.187 47.187 47.187
Height (in) 3.137 3.137 3.137 3.137 3.137
Gross Area 20.8 23.7 25.3 31.8 39.7
Fluid Capacity (gal) 0.7 0.8 0.90 1.1 1.2
Dry Weight (lbs) 74 85 89 110 153
Optimum Flow Rate (gpm) 0.8 0.9 1.0 1.2 1.5
Pressure Drop at optimum flow rate (psi) 0.002 0.003 0.0035 0.005 0.008
BTU per panel per day (SRCC Category C - Clear Day) 20,800 23,800 25,700 32,500 41,700