Collector MS Series Solar Thermal Panels

Sku#: MS-SERIES - MorningStar

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MorningStar Series "Flat Plate" Solar Thermal Collectors are designed to meet the needs of any system from 30 to 50,000 gallons for use in hot water, space heating, air conditioning, and industrial process heating systems.  Available in six (6) models to accommodate varying gross area projects.

MS-Series Collectors are recognized for their high performance, structural integrity and patented mounting systems, the MSC Series collectors have been designed for use in harsh climates with corrosive elements or coastal climates.  The I-beam frame wall design is considered an industrial grade and provides enhanced durability while still meeting the highest industry standards.  All MSC-Series collectors are OG-100 certified.

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  MS-SERIES Specifications

  • Glazing: Low Iron, high-T, tempered glass (1 sheet) with a total solar energy transmission of 90%. Iron content: 0.01% iron oxide. Thickness: 1/8” or 5/32". (MSC Series uses low iron, tempered, clear glass).
  • 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 and Batten: 6063 -T6 Aluminum extrusion (1/8” wall thickness) with anodized bronze finish for long life and strength. Extrusion includes an integral mounting system.
  • Corner Bracket: Architectural aluminum angles inside with aircraft-grade pin grip rivets to ensure high stability.
  • Backsheet: Type 3015-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 coated.
  • Insulation: Foil-faced Poly-isocyanurate board insulation, 1" thick (R-6.7), with ¾” Foil-faced poly-isocyanurate board in sidewalls (R-5). (MSC uses additional microlite insulation)
  • Absorber Plate: Exclusively manufactured by ThermafinTM Mfg., a 100% copper absorber plate which meets or exceeds type M specifications. High frequency forge welded for a permanent molecular bond between tube and fin. No soldered or crimped joints to fail from expansion and contraction. All copper tube meets or exceeds type M specifications. Warrantied for 30 years on fin-to-tube joint. (MSC includes 1 extra riser)
  • Absorber Coating: Crystal Clear Selective Coating, exclusively from 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 MS/C-21 MS/C-24 MS/C-26 MS/C-28 MS/C-32 MS/C-40
Length (in) 86.0 98.0 78.0 86.0 98.0 122.0
Width (in) 36.0 36.0 48.0 48.0 48.0 48.0
Height (in) 3.125 3.125 3.125 3.125 3.125 3.125
Gross Area 21.5 24.5 26.0 28.5 32.7 40.7
Fluid Capacity (gal) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dry Weight (lbs) 76 87 91 102 116 151
Optimum Flow Rate (gpm) 0.8 0.9 1.0 1.05 1.2 1.5
Pressure Drop at optimum flow rate (psi) 0.002 0.003 0.0035 0.0038 0.005 0.008
BTU per panel per day (SRCC Category C - Clear Day) 22,700 25,900 28,000 31,000 35,500 44,400