Hot Water Storage Space Saving Solutions Through Unique Tank Designs

Rectangular Hot Water Tanks

Hot water storage solutions within the UK are predominantly cylindrical in design due to the popularity of unvented hot water systems. However, hot water tank designs stand out from the ‘cylinder’ crowd by providing the perfect answer where the installation space requirements are restricted. Hot water tanks can take up to 27% less space than an equivalent volume cylinder, with models providing wet central heating in addition to mains pressure hot water.

ELSOflow Hot Water TanksElsy and Gibbons, which subsequently rebranded to Elson, made their business from manufacturing the vented hot water tanks which were installed in thousands of properties throughout the UK for over 90 years until discontinuing their entire range of rectangular units in 2011. As a result, McDonald Water Storage purchased the manufacturing equipment and recruited one of the Senior Product Engineers to meet the demand for replacement units.

Even today, we have retained a significant demand for replacement solutions for original Elson products such as Maxistore, Opal, Pearl, Emerald and Amethyst through the ELSOflow range. This is in part down to the space available in the property would not accommodate a cylinder of the same volume. If a cylinder was used, then it would entail significant work to be undertaken by the installer to alter the existing cupboard or find an alternative location and reroute the plumbing pipework.

Our CUBEflow thermal store range goes a step further, while still retaining the tank design for installations into restricted spaces. The main difference from the ELSOflow products is the CUBEflow provides a high performance, mains pressure hot water solution with some models supplying the wet central heating system. This thermal store approach can suit multiple installation applications, including electric, boiler or central plant inputs to meet hot water demand. The CUBEflow rectangular tank also provides the perfect like for like replacement for original Elson Coral E and Coral Si models.

ELECTRAstore thermal storeThe tank design has been further developed to meet the modern requirement for electric only heated products to provide both heating and hot water within apartment applications. Our ELECTRAflow and ELECTRAstore products are both integrated heating and hot water thermal stores, powered by immersion elements and controlled by their unique individual controllers. Both of the ranges provide the comfort and convenience from the most customisable electric wet central heating and hot water solutions for apartment applications, with each unit bespoke designed to meet the homeowners installation requirements.

The thermal store unit offers the optimum flexibility, suiting all electricity tariffs. The ELECTRAflow is an off-peak thermal store, specifically designed to utilise the off peak electricity tariffs, a major benefit in the SAP calculations, whilst also contributing to the property achieving an EPC rating of C in either new build or renovation projects.

If you are looking to utilise flexible electricity tariffs, the ELECTRAstore range provides the perfect solution. This market first product is designed to maximise the benefit of time in use tariffs, via our innovative IOT control system with self learning algorithm, to store energy when it’s provided at low cost and low carbon, so it can be used when it is needed, with the added flexibility to be used with standard or off-peak tariffs when required.

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