Installing Solar Water Heater for Home – Information and Costing

Solar Water Heater

Recently we installed 150 Litre Solar Water Heaters at our terrace. Below are the Information, photos and costing for Installation of Solar Water Heater.

When you decides to install solar water heater, you need to consider following factors,

  • How many people are there in your home who will be using hot water ?
    • Based on this the number of Liter water required needs to be finalized. Lets say, you have 3 people at your home and each one will use average 50 Ltr of hot water each day, then you will need to purchase 50*3 = 150 Ltr solar water heater.
  • What is your budget for purchasing new solar water heater ?
    • As you might already be aware, solar products needs somewhat more initial investment, so you needs to enquire different brands available in market and compare their pricing and features for same model of solar water heater.
  • What is the warranty of the solar water heater and how you will contact them in future for servicing ?
    • Most of the solar water heaters are long durable, and comes warranty of 5-7 years. So you needs to get proper warranty information and how they will provide the service for future in case some issues. Once installed, the most common issue you might face is due to hardened water. But if you are ready to get solar water heater serviced once in one / two year then no issues.

The common pricing for installing solar water heater will include following things,

  • Solar Water Heater Price + Tax
  • Transportation Cost
    • If you have agreed to pay for transportation cost of solar water heater ( tank + pipe etc ) from company to your home, then we need to account this cost.
  • Plumbing Material and Service cost
    • This will be an additional cost which includes purchasing all the pipes ( hot water pipe, cold water pipe ), valves etc and payment of plumber services. If your current cold water tank is at same surface level where are going to install water heater, then there will be additional cost to increase height of cold water tank, so that daily transmission of cold water to solar water heater and hot water from water heater to your bathroom tap can be automated without daily efforts required to fill solar water heater tank.
150 Litre Water Tank with Stainless Still Inside and Puffing material between stainless still and outside plastic to prevent heat flow to outside.
Socket to connect Glass Tubes with Stainless steel Tank
Socket for Cold Water Inlet to Water Tank
Other side Socket for Hot Water Outlet
Glass Tube Specifications
Solar Water Heater Frame where Water Tank gets installed and on slider Glass tubes resides.
Plumbing Material ( Pipes are not in Photo )
Frame After Water Tank is placed on Top Surface.
Frame End towards ground where end of Glass Tube is held.
This is how Final Installation Looks Like 🙂

Refer to “Guidelines for installation of Solar Water Heating Systems in high rise buildings and multi storied flats” Issued by MNRE down-loadable from LINK.

List of NABL Accredited Food Testing Laboratories

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New Delhi

Arbro Pharmaceuticals Limited, Delhi
Avon Food Lab Private Limited, Delhi
Bharat Test House, Delhi
Delhi Test House, Delhi
Eurofins Analytical Services India Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi
Fair Quality Institute (Food Analysis & Industrial Research Quality Institute) New Delhi
FICCI Research and Analysis Centre, New Delhi
ITL Labs Private Limited, New Delhi
Microchem Silliker Private Limited, New Delhi
Quality Services  & Laboratories, New Delhi
Shriram Institute for Industrial Research, Delhi
Sigma Test and Research Centre, Delhi
Sophisticated Industrial Materials Analytical Labs Private Limited, Delhi
Spectro Analytical Labs Limited, Delhi
Standard Analytical Laboratory (ND) Private Limited

Haryana

Choksi Laboratories Limited, Panchkula
Dove Research & Analytics, Panchkula
Fare Labs Private Limited, Gurgaon
Haryana Test House & Consultancy Services
Interstellar Testing Centre Pvt. Ltd. , Panchkula
Intertek India Private Limited (Food Services), Gurgaon
J.M. Enviro Lab Private Limited, Gurgaon
Ozone Pharmaceuticals Limited, Bahadurgarh
Saturn Quality Certifications Private Limited, Bahadurgarh
SGS India Private Limited, Manesar, Gurgaon
TUV SUD South Asia Private Limited, Gurgaon

Himachal Pradesh
Auriga Research Limited, Baddi

Jammu & Kashmir
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Punjab
Bali Test House Private Limited, Ludhiana
Industrial Testing Laboratory & Consulting House, Patiala
Punjab Biotechnology Incubator, Mohali

Rajasthan
Amol Pharmaceuticals Private Limited, Jaipur
CEG Test House And Research Centre Private Limited, Jaipur
Jagdamba Laboratories, Jaipur
National Test House (Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Department of Consumer Affairs )
Precision Quality Services, Jaipur
Devansh Testing and Research Laboratory Private Limited, Haridwar

Uttar Pradesh
Advance Research and Analytical Services, Ghaziabad
AES Laboratories Private Limited, Noida
Eko Pro Engineers Private Limited, Ghaziabad
Food Analysis and Research Laboratory (FARL), Aallahabad

Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu
Konarch Research Foundation, Daman

Gujarat
Accurate Laboratory, Ahmadabad
Analytical and Environmental Services, Vadodara
Gujarat Laboratory, Ahmedabad
Pollucon Laboratories Private Limited, Surat
SGS India Private Limited, Ahmedabad
SGS India Private Limited, Gandhidham

Madhya Pradesh
Choksi Laboratories Limited, Indore
Cali–Labs Private Limited, Bhopal
SGS India Private Limited, Indore
QTTL Lab Private Limited, Indore

Maharashtra
Anacon Laboratory Private Limited, Nagpur
Ashwamedh Engineers and Consultants Co-operative Society Limited, Nasik
Doctor’s Analytical Laboratories Private Limited, Mumbai
Envirocare Labs Private Limited, Mumbai
Export Inspection Agency, Mumbai
Food Hygiene and Health Laboratory, Pune
Geo-Chem Laboratories Private Limited, Mumbai
Maarc Labs Private Limited, Pune
Micro Chem Silliker Private Limited, Mumbai
Microtech Laboratory, Pune
National Agriculture and Food Analysis and Research Institute, Pune
Precise Analytics Lab, Mumbai
Pune Municipal Corporation  Quality Assurance Laboratory, Pune
Qualichem Laboratories, Nagpur
RCA Laboratories, Mumbai (A Division of Dr. Amin Controllers Pvt Ltd)
Reliable Analytical Laboratories Private Limited, Thane
SGS India Private Limited, Thane
Testtex India Laboratories Private Limited, Mumbai
TUV India Private Limited, Pune

Andhra Pradesh
Food Testing Laboratory, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada

Karnataka
Auriga Research Limited, Bengaluru
Bangalore Test House, Bengaluru
Environmental Laboratory (Unit of Mineral Engineering Services), Bangalore
Eurofins Analytical Services India Private Limited, Bengaluru
Ganesh Consultancy & Analytical Services, Mysore
Institute for Analysis of Pharma, Dairy, Food and Cultures (IADFAC), Bengaluru
Robust Materials Technology Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru
Shiva Analyticals (India) Private Limited, Bengaluru
Shriram Institute for Industrial Research, Bengaluru
TUV SUD South Asia Private Limited, Bengaluru
Vsix Analytical Labs Private Limited, Bengaluru

Kerala
Export Inspection Agency, Kochi (Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India)
Food Quality Laboratory & Research Centre, Kochi
Interfield Laboratories, Kochi
Neogen Food & Animal Security (India) Pvt Ltd, Cochin
SEA Lab, Aroor
The Cashew Export Promotion Council of India, Kollam

Tamil Nadu
Aqua Designs India Private Limited Laboratory Services, Chennai
Chennai Mettex Lab Private Limited, Chennai
Enviro Care India Private Limited, Madurai
Export Inspection Agency, Chennai
Hubert Enviro Care Systems (P) Limited, Chennai
MATS India Pvt. Ltd (Laboratory Services Division), Chennai
Monarch Biotech Pvt Ltd, Chennai
Nawal Analytical Laboratories, Hosur
SMS Labs Services Private Limited, Chennai
TA Labs Private Limited, Chennai
UPASI Tea Research Foundation, Valparai

Telangana
Bhagavathi Ana Labs Private Limited, Hyderabad
First Source Laboratory Solutions LLP Analytical Services, Hyderabad
Intertek India Private Limited (Food Services), Hyderabad
Megsan Labs Private Limited, Hyderabad
Testing Services-Comm Grade, National Collateral Management Services Limited, Hyderabad
Vimta Labs Limited, Hyderabad

Odisha
Kalyani Laboratories Private Limited, Bhubaneswar

West Bengal
Edward Food Research and Analysis Centre Limited, Kolkata
Export Inspection Agency Laboratory, Kolkata
Mitra S.K. Private Limited, Kolkata
Oil Laboratory, Department of Chemical Technology, Kolkata
SGS India Private Limited, Kolkata

Detailed List as of 12/2016 can be found at http://www.fssai.gov.in/Portals/0/Pdf/Order_NABL_Lab_01_12_2016.pdf and for any other list or most recent visit website http://www.fssai.gov.in/lab.aspx

Fssai, Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has been established under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 which consolidates various acts & orders that have hitherto handled food related issues in various Ministries and Departments. FSSAI has been created for laying down science based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption.

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India is the Administrative Ministry for the implementation of FSSAI. The Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) have already been appointed by Government of India. The Chairperson is in the rank of Secretary to Government of India.

Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, is an Act to consolidate the laws relating to food and to establish the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India for laying down science based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import, to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

The pdf of the  Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 can be found at http://www.fssai.gov.in/portals/0/pdf/food-act.pdf

The Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011

The Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011 has been notified in the Gazette of india dated 1st Aug 2011. these Regulations shall come in force on or after 5th Aug 2011

For Hindi version check pdf http://www.fssai.gov.in/Portals/0/Pdf/FSS_Gazete_Rules_2011.pdf

Apply Online for FSSAI License at FSSAI’s Licensing & Registration System at https://foodlicensing.fssai.gov.in/index.aspx

For more details refer to http://www.fssai.gov.in/AboutFSSAI/FSSAct.aspx

Innovative automatic fruit feeling machines by Pelamatic

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Robito Almendra – Helps to separate Almonds from Cover

You can see various other good products from Pelamatic at their youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsDwZjxbrlxz_MbHOEF6GJw

Innovative Products from Pelamatic for fruits and vegetables peeling

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Recently we come to know about some of the interesting machines used for peeling fruits and vegetables from Pelamatic located at Valencia, Spain. Do watch the videos of the machines,
Orange Peel –  The founder of the company (José Pérez) wanted to make a machine that will peel the many oranges ate. And after a few nights of reflection and thinking got invent the only machine able to peel oranges in the market.

Robito Vaina – Designed to shell easily and quickly for shelling beans and peas.

The Solar Power Tree – An Intervention by Indian Scientist aimed at Utilizing Minimum Land to Harness Maximum Solar Energy

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CSIR-CMERI,Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-CMERI), Durgapur, West Bengal has designed and developed a “Solar Power Tree” to harness maximum solar energy utilising minimum land – In general, it requires about 3.5 acres of land to produce 1 MW of solar power. For any state in the country to survive on green energy there will be requirement of thousands of acres of land. The acquisition of land is a major issue for private sector industry. Solar Power Tree addresses the biggest hurdle of land requirements to gainfully utilise solar power.

Solar Power Tree is an intervention against land constraints. It harnesses solar energy for producing electricity with an innovative vertical arrangement of solar cells. It thus reduces the requirement of land while keeping the land character intact. It even enables utilisation of the cultivable land for solar energy harnessing along with farming at the same time.

The Salient Features of the Solar Power Tree are:

  • It takes much less land of only 4 sq ft for a 5 kW Solar Power Tree as compared to 400 sq ft of land required in case of the conventional Solar Photovoltaic layout;
  • It holds the panels at a higher height – thus gets more sun (by 1 hour) in a day in comparison to that in conventional layout on ground; Thus, it is possible to harness 10-15% more power;
  • It is facilitated with water sprinkler at the top for self-cleaning of panels;
  • The paddy lands or agro-gardens or roads can be utilized for production of green power keeping land scape/cultivation unaltered;
  • Applicable for both rural and urban areas.

In future, it is possible to harness 10% more power by rotating panel direction twice in a day by using a module that aligns itself with the movement of sun. Also, aesthetic aspects would be incorporated in the design of solar tree to landscape the land.

The Specifications for 5 KW Solar Power TREE are:

  • Peak Power: 5KW;
  • Full Load Capacity: 60% of the Peak;
  • Battery Back Up: 2 hrs. (Full load);
  • Cost: INR 5 Lakh;
  • Footprint: 4 sq. ft.;
  • Arial Span: 25 ft. Dia,
  • Warranty: Panel: 25 Years.

The technology developed under the leadership of Dr. SN Maity, Chief Scientist, CSIRCMERI, has been licensed to: M/s Vibes Solar Solution India LLP, Kolkata. The process is under way to license the technology to more companies.

For further details, please contact: Dr. SN Maity Chief Scientist, CSIR-CMERI e-mail: drsnmaity@yahoo.com

Watch “Solar Power Tree” news covered by “Voice of America”

Reference :  CSIR Press Release

Mitticool – Inspiring story of craftsman who built Refrigerator without electricity

Born in the Prajapati family, originally belonging to the village Nichimandal of Morbi, Rajkot, Mansukhbhai had exposure to the clay tradition since childhood, as this was his family’s traditional profession. He used to load clay from the ponds and fields on the donkey and ferry it to his place. Other than this, his contribution was limited as he was not much interested in the pottery work.

Having gained a sound knowledge while working in the pottery unit, the desire to start an enterprise of his own started to grow in Mansukhbhais mind. During his childhood, he saw earthen pans/hot plates (locally termed as Kaladi/Tavdi) being manufactured manually on the potters wheel (locally termed as Chhakdo). Using this, one person can only make about 100 units per day. He had seen roof tiles being manufactured in large quantity on hand press, which made him think why cannot earthen pans be made the same way?

In 1988, he left his job and took a loan of Rs 30,000 from a money lender to start his own earthen plate manufacturing factory. He purchased a small piece of land for the factory, dyes and presses, soil mixing machine, electric potters wheel and other scrap objects. Then he modified the roof tile making hand press and developed a hand press machine having capacity to produce 700 earthen pans per day.

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In the fateful earthquake of January 2001, Mansukhbhai suffered huge loss, as most of his stock got broken. He distributed the stock that escaped the quake to the quake affected people of Kutch. In February 2001, Sandesh Gujarati Daily had a photo feature on the earthquake where at one place it showed a broken water filter of Mansukhbhai with the caption the broken fridge of poor.

This caption ignited a thought in him to work on a rural fridge that did not need electricity and could be used by masses. Though he started thinking about it after the Gujarat earthquake of 2001, it was 2002 when he actually started his work. Almost the same time, Mansukhbhai came into the contact of Gujarat Grass-roots Innovation Augmentation Network (GIAN), Ahmedabad. After a painstaking journey of three years during which he tested all sorts of soils and fridge designs, he finally came out with Mitticool fridge in 2005. A civil engineer saw the fridge and looking at its applications gave him the order of 100 pieces and an advance of Rs. 2 lakh.

Check Address and Contact Number of Mitticool at http://con.greenecosystem.in/clay-products/mitti-cool-clay-refrigerator-cooker.html

Watch Story of Mansukhabhai Prajapati, covered in leading national news channel, NDTV.

Rio Olympic Athlete from Netherlands drops out of games to save her horse

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Adelinde Cornelissen, from dressage rider Netherlands decided to pull out from participating in the Olympic games because her horse felt ill and with love towards her horse who has given her everything, didn’t wanted to risk his life for the Olympic game.

Here is what she wrote on her facebook describing the events that took place which lead her to take this good decision and save her horse.

Lots has happened…

The first days in Rio went according to plan: a relaxed flight, stabling good, training good. Parzival feels happy and fit.

Until yesterday morning… I planned to train early on Tuesday morning, so I was at the stable at 6am. Saying good morning to Parzival, I saw the right side of his head was swollen, he had been kicking the walls. I took his temperature:he had a fever of over 40 degrees Celcius, but he still didn’t look sick. He was eating and drinking and while walking I had a hard time keeping up with him, as always…

Jan Greve came right away and after double checking with the vets here they concluded he was bitten by an insect or spider or some sort of animal which produces toxics.

To get the toxics out of his system we gave him fluids. From 6.30 to 15.45hrs we kept him on this. It helps the kidneys to clean up the toxics out of the body. The vets at the clinic took swaps from the nose and checked the blood. The temperature dropped gradually and by 15.30 it was 38.4… We then took x-rays from the jaw and echoed the area. Just making sure..All ok.

At the end of the day the fever was down and I handwalked Parzival a bit. He looked a lot better and the swelling of his head was at least 1/3 the size of this morning…

Then difficult descisions came… We requested the FEI if we could swap starting places within the team, so Parzi could get a day to recover. Competing on thursday in stead of wednesday. But the FEI declined.
At that point I didn’t want to compete anymore… Parzival’s health is more important than anything else in this world!

I slept at the stables, checking up on Parzi every hour… I was not going to leave him alone! Of course I didn’t get any sleep…

Main thing, this morning temperature had dropped to 37.5! And the swelling again had come down a bit..

New difficult decisions to make..
I had decided yesterday I was not going to compete, but now the temperature was back to normal, he looked fit, was eating and drinking good, I also didn’t want to let the team down… In the back of my mind knowing we had no reserve combination here….. What to do?

Between 7am and 8am we were allowed to ride in the arena.
I discussed with Jan Greve and Johan Rockx and decided we were going to walk and trot under saddle for 10 min and see how he was…

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Photo: Reuters, Google, Rio2016.com

And so we did… We went to the arena, rode a few laps and he looked happy and fit. Coming back to the stables the temperature was still down…

Again difficult descisions… What to do? He is fit now, but you know what happened yesterday… Nobody to fill in my place if I would withdraw, letting the team down.

Questions questions… What is wise? I discussed with several vets and the team coach.. The FEI vets came and checked up on him around 10am. All gave green light to compete.. We decided I would give it a try. The fever was down, which means the toxics are out of his system. There is still a bit of swelling in the jaw, but we cooled it all the time and the swelling gets less…

I agreed to give it a try. Knowing the story, I took it easy in the warm up and didn’t want to ride full. He was ok, although he didn’t feel very powerful. Normal of course after a day like yesterday. I walked a lot to save the energy.. When I entered I already felt he was giving his utmost and being the fighter he is, he never gives up… But in order to protect him, I gave up…My buddy, my friend, the horse that has given everything for me his whole life does not deserve this…. So I saluted and left the arena…..‪#‎twohearts‬

Reference & Credit : https://www.facebook.com/adelindecornelissen.nl/posts/1439893979357850:0

Harmful effects of plastic on cows and PM Narendra Modi’s message to save Cows

We everyone knows how hazardous plastic is for the environment.  Whenever we throws something like paper, food etc in the environment, there are some bacteria which grows on it, and covert this food, papers into something which mixes into the environment, some turning into useful for growing of trees, we call those items as biodegradable items. Biodegradable items are capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms and thereby avoiding pollution.

Whereas Plastic is a “Non-Biodegradable” item. Non-biodegradable waste is a type of waste that can not be broken down into its base compounds by micro-organisms, air, moisture or soil in a reasonable amount of time. Non-biodegradable waste is an environmental concern, as it threatens to overwhelm landfills and create disposal problems.

Img credit : http://vspca.org
Img credit : http://vspca.org

In past VSPCA (Visakha Society for Protection and Care of Animals), through their “Plastic Cow Project” has done extensive reasearch on the impacts of plastic on the street cows, and how they die a painful death due to having plastic in their stomach. VSPCA also tried to rescue those cows and do the operations on them to get the plastic removed. You can find mode details about the “Plastic Cow Project” as VSPCA website.

In 2013 , after petition from some Animal welfare organisation, Honerable Supreme court of India has said that “Plastic waste a ticking time bomb in India” and had directed the State Governments to issue appropriate directions prohibiting the use, sale and disposal of plastic bags in all municipalities and municipal corporations within their territory.

Preventing Cows from eating plastic is true Gau-Sewa: PM Narendra Modi
Preventing Cows from eating plastic is true Gau-Sewa: PM Narendra Modi

Last year ( 2015 ) Union Environment Minister Parkash Javadekar had said that every dead cow contains not less than 30 kgs of plastic. While talking in a town-hall meeting recently, Honorable Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi said that preventing cows from eating the plastic is the only way to save cows because more cows dies due to plastic than any other reason.

Now, as PM Modi has again highlighted the use of plastic and its harmful effects on environment and health and living of cows,Green Ecosystem vows to do all & everything we can do to suport PM’s statement and avoid use of plastic to save the environment & cows. We look forward for similar help from our readers and well wishers.

Reference :

http://southasia.oneworld.net – Plastic waste a ticking time bomb in India: Supreme Court

Click to access wc15412p-2014_11_18.pdf


ndtv.com – 30 Kg Plastic Can Be Found in Every Dead Cow in India, Says Union Environment Minister

Radhika Anand, along with Indian Army Planted more than one lakh twenty thousand trees in a year

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52-year-old Radhika Anand, resident of Delhi and a former Air Force Officer’s daughter, has planted more than one lakh twenty thousand saplings in a single year in partnership with the Indian Army. The Trees included in these are mango, tamarind, blackberry, and jackfruit trees which were planted in and around across Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and North India Army Formations. The cost to plant and nurture the tree for its entire life is just 15 Rupees as per her.

Radhika Anand is also a Founder & CEO of Plantology, which felicitates a mass movement amongst young minds which has subsequently manifested in productive socio-ecomomic welfare outcomes.

Plantology’s latest initiative is “Mission Fal-Van, Fruit for All” which is a movement towords creating more green cover and oxygen for our future generations and food for all species existing on plant earth. Mission “Fal Van” aims to plant 50,000 fruit trees per year.

You may contact Plantology at their website http://www.plantologyindia.com.

Satyamev Jayate – Water – Every drop counts, An Episode on Water Conservation

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Satyamev Jayate (English: Truth Alone Prevails) is an Indian television talk show aired on various channels within Star Network along with Doordarshan’s DD National. It Aired an episode on Water Conservation “Water – Every drop counts”.

Watch the complete Episode on Youtube.