Frequently asked questions
GENERAL COST OF A KIT?
For 100 liters - 250 liters the kits range from approximately R17 000 - R27 000.
The final price will depend on type of roof, ease of installation, travel costs. General installation costs are already included in the kit price. Please contact the approved installers for a free and more specific quotation.
The kit includes:
- PV panels
- Digital display
- Roof structure to fit panels
- Wires and connectors
WILL MY GEYSER OVERHEAT IF I'M ON VACATION?
No, the GeyserRobot switches off when the set geyser temperature is reached. This also reduces water spillage in a country where water is becoming scarce.
DO I NEED TO CHANGE ANY PLUMBING FOR THIS INSTALLATION?
No, this installation uses a standard household geyser with no additional pipes for water or anti-freeze circulation needed. This is purely an electrical installation, with the GeyserRobot connecting to your geyser.
CAN I USE THE GEYSERROBOT TO STORE EXCESS ENERGY FOR CONSUMPTION AT A LATER STAGE?
Yes, but use at own risk. The GeyserRobot only stores energy as heat (hot water) in the geyser. Using additional power is possible, assuming that you have more PV panels connected than your hot water needs require. The GeyserRobot is not designed to charge batteries therefore you will need an external battery charger, preferably one with MPPT functionality. Note that during poor sunshine periods less sun-harvested power will be available for additional use and batteries will most probably damage during this time.
DOES THE GEYSERROBOT FEED THE GEYSER WITH DC POWER?
No. Although we do get DC-power from the panels we convert it enough to feed it safely to the geyser - adhering to quality specifications.
CAN I USE THIS OUTPUT TO POWER ANY OTHER DEVICE?
No. The GeyserRobot does not output pure sine-wave, nor does it guarantee full load-power. The household geyser is a special case, if the element requires for example 3 kW it will still function normally with less power available.
WHAT MAINTENANCE IS NECESSARY WITH THIS SYSTEM?
The GeyserRobot works together with a standard geyser, therefore anything that will affect a standard geyser applies here. The only "maintenance" which does apply, is cleaning your solar PV panels from time to time.
HOW SAFE IS MY SOLAR PANELS AGAINST HAIL STORMS, WIND, RAIN & MY NEIGHBORS' KIDS' CRICKET BALLS?
Our kits use only certified PV panels from reputable manufacturers and therefore we are confident that the panels will be able to withstand almost anything you can through at it.
DOES THIS SYSTEM COMPLY WITH SAFETY STANDARDS?
Yes, the GeyserRobot has been tested and is SANS approved.