Enjoy Free Hot Water From Your PV Array With Solar iBoost+™
Marlec’s Innovative and High Tech Power Diversion System
Fit Solar iBoost+ to your home’s hot water tank and start…
- Cutting the cost of water heating
- Reducing the use of your boiler
- and maximise the free solar energy generated at your property
Marlec’s innovative Solar iBoost+ enables you to automatically consume excess energy generated by your solar panels. Just sit back and join more than 70,000 homeowners who already enjoy the extra savings from free hot water!
How it Works
… water is heated over the day using just the free solar energy. In summer this may deliver all the hot water your home demands, at other times you may need to top up using your usual heating system or simply use the built in Boost and Timed functions.
Check your savings at the solar iBoost+ or get the optional iBoost+ Buddy.
Easily Connected to an Existing Hot Water Immersion Heater
If your home has a hot water cylinder (tank) this is likely to include an immersion heater, even if gas is the primary energy source. The immersion is usually powered from a fused switch which will become the supply to the Solar iBoost+ or your installer will fit the required local isolator. The Solar iBoost+ is then used to control the immersion both automatically from the excess PV energy and manually when you need additional hot water.
The system operates by responding rapidly to the levels of import and export at the property according to the variable parameters of changing weather, energy consumption and generation. These are constantly changing and the electronic controller is able to process the information to ensure that only excess power is delivered for water heating when operating in standard automatic operation.
Why Solar iBoost+™
- The Solar iBoost+ is the UK’s best selling PV immersion controller and preferred by most solar installers.
- It saves you money by cutting the cost of water heating and reduces the use of your home’s boiler.
- Fitting a Solar iBoost maximises consumption of the free solar energy generated at your property.
- Add the optional iBoost+ Buddy and you can remotely monitor and control the Solar iBoost+ within your home.
- A built-in programmable cut-in threshold is flexible enough to combine use with battery storage systems to prioritise operation.
- Easy to install to new and existing systems in less than 30 minutes.
- Solar iBoost+ is made and backed up by the UK’s oldest renewable energy company.
- 300 Solar iBoost UK installers.
Watch your Savings Grow
If you have invested in Solar PV for your home then you will already be aware that there are periods of “export,” when you can’t consume all the energy being generated by the array. This energy normally flows back to the grid seamlessly so you may not even be aware of it.
If your home has hot water storage with an immersion heater then Solar iBoost+ can be installed and start saving you more money on heating bills in less than 1 hour!
Solar iBoost’s built in display means that you can watch your savings grow, simply press the display button to see Saved Today, Saved Yesterday, Saved 7 Days, Saved 28 Days and Total Saved readings.
Water Heating Controls at Your Finger Tips
Solar iBoost+ also enables you to control your immersion heater using full grid power. This is useful for topping up or if your hot water cylinder is an electrically operated only system. It incorporates 2 types of heating controls
Boost – gives an instant boost of full grid power to the immersion in timed increments. Each press of the button adds 15 minutes of grid power operation up to a maximum of 2 hours. When the immersion thermostat’s temperature is reached the Boost function stops automatically if achieved before the full timed period selected.
Timed Functions – these are programmable on a 5 day / 2 day timer basis with 2 times per day available.
Timed Function Seasonal Programmes – these are interchangeable at the press of a button, enabling you to quickly change from Winter to Summer settings.
The wireless feature is included as standard and allows the clamp and Solar iBoost+ to communicate. It also makes installation quick and eliminates the need for additional messy wiring in the home.
Clear Display For Monitoring Your Savings
Clear display for reading how much energy you have saved. At the press of a button you can view the current Heating by Solar, Saved Today, Saved Yesterday, Saved Last 7 Days, Saved Last 28 Days and Total Amount Saved in kWh (kilowatt-hours).
These and more are also displayed on the optional iBoost+ Buddy.
Supports Dual Immersion Systems
The Solar iBoost+ automatically heats up to 2 immersions on one hot water tank. When the first immersion reaches the pre-set temperature the energy cascades to the second immersion. The system prioritises immersion 1 by checking back to it at 15 minute intervals.
MegaFlow PV Ready cylinders are fitted with Solar iBoost+
Flexible Manual Boost And Programmable Timer
We understand that the variable nature of generating your own renewable energy means that you want to both top up and plan when you have hot water. With Solar iBoost+ you have complete control.
The Boost button switches grid power immersion when hot water is needed at short notice, it effectively replaces the switch and gives greater control. Each press of the button increases the time on by 15 minute increments up to 2 hours. Also switchable from iBoost+ Buddy
The built in programmable timer enables 2 switches on per day for weekdays/ weekend and you can set up separate winter and summer settings selectable at the press of a button. Also switchable from iBoost+ Buddy.
Compatible With Any Battery Storage System
Adjustable parameters for compatibility with battery storage systems.
The unit is factory pre-set to operate the immersion when exports exceed 100W. This cut-in threshold can be increased by 50W increments up to a maximum of 500W to overcome any battery storage thresholds that are higher.
Set the threshold above the battery storage to prioritise battery charging or keep at 100W for hot water first. Always set a minimum of 50W difference between the Solar iBoost+ and battery storage cut-in thresholds.
Responds Rapidly To The Varying Home Consumption
The Solar iBoost responds rapidly to the varying home consumption and changing weather ensuring that only excess power is used.
Six Language Options
Built in option to change language to French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish
Control and Monitor Remotely With The iBoost+ Buddy
The iBoost+ Buddy is the wireless home energy monitor and remote control for your Solar iBoost+
The eco-gauge lets you know when unused energy is available so you can switch on appliances. It uses a traffic light system to alert you when energy is flowing to the grid so you can decide to switch on appliances rather than export it.
- Connects wirelessly with Solar iBoost+
- Keep it handy to see Solar iBoost+ water heating savings displayed remotely
- View the changing net energy consumption or export levels in your home
- Remote control the Boost function
- Simple pairing procedure
CE Compliance To All Product And Safety Standards
EN60730-2-7, EN301 489-3, EN300 220, EN60335-1, EN55014-1, EN55022 (Tested independently)
2 Year Warranty
2 year warranty as standard from date of purchase.
Is my home suitable for a Solar iBoost+
✔ If you have on-site power generation. (Solar PV and wind are most common).
✔ The distance between the water tank and utility meter is less than 30m.
✔ Energy usage in the household is less than the energy generated and excess is exported to the grid.
You may be out for periods during the daytime and generate more than is needed to cover the standby of all your appliances OR even at home during the day but rarely consuming energy up to the peak output of the solar array or wind turbine.
Whenever you are exporting more than 100W you could be “dumping” that excess energy into your hot water tank and saving even more money. Even if you have an export meter, the cost savings possible on water heating may be greater than the export rate paid by the electricity companies.
- Solar iBoost+ (Main unit)
- Sender Unit (2 x AA Batteries Included)
- Clamp and Cable
- Fixing Screws
- Solar iBoost+ Installation and User Manuals
- Installation Template
- Commissioning Form (To be completed by the installer and retained by the homeowner)
You may have also selected the optional iBoost+ Buddy for remote control and monitoring of your Solar iBoost+.