Thanks to its know-how built up since 1981, FAFCO can design, manufacture and install a wide variety of systems and products dedicated to water and energy management.
The FAFCO process for manufacturing unglazed all-plastic thermal solar panels SOKO, was developed in California in the 1970s.
It has since been modernised and instrumented with the latest available technology to keep ahead of the competition in terms of ex-factory price and quality. The plastic recipe has been perfected to guarantee maximum absorption of solar energy. All collectors are tested at 6 bar in water and air. They are then directly packaged for shipment.
SOKO can be used alone or in combination with heat pumps, biomass boilers or other means of hot water production to reduce the size of the installations and energy consumption as much as possible.
SOKOs were perfected in the 1980s to become heat exchangers: by separating the collector tubes by 2 cm and arranging them in 4 layers instead of 1 fully welded layer, a light, robust and efficient heat exchanger is obtained. The plastic mixture has been perfected to guarantee durability and good thermal conductivity.
The capteur atmosolaire 4N, entirely made of welded plastic, is capable of capturing the heat from the air or the sun with performances unequalled on the market, close to 1 kW/m² depending on the climatic conditions. They are therefore the ideal heat source for water-to-water heat pumps for heating or the production of domestic or industrial hot water.
On congested roofs these collectors can be doubled to transform them into capteurs atmosolaires 8N (8 layers) which require almost half the surface area for the same heating power. Installed vertically for maximum efficiency during the cold season, they occupy an even 4 times less surface area on your roof.
The same 4N or 8N air-source heat exchangers can also be used as air coolers to evacuate heat outside the building, or as unit heaters to heat or cool the atmosphere inside a building. They can also capture heat or coolness in water or in the ground: they are used in thalassotherapy, in geothermal energy, and to capture the coolness of rivers (potamothermal energy!).
FAFCO sensors are integrated into industrial processes, particularly in the food industry: 1N sensors have been used to heat and cool algae tanks, 4N sensors for fish farming, or to recover frigories from vegetable washing water.
In addition to these exchangers, often coupled with heat pumps, FAFCO provides thermal storage capacity in hot or cold, thanks to its exclusive ICEBAT technology: customised containers containing phase change materials adapted to each application. The material changes from a solid to a liquid state at a temperature desired by the customer in order to store a maximum amount of energy in a minimum volume. This energy can be released at a fixed temperature and with the desired power simply by circulating a heat transfer fluid between the storage and the customer.
In all relevant fields of application, water use and management are crucial. FAFCO has therefore chosen to use its expertise in the manufacture of hydraulic storage tanks to store water and liquids used in the food industry. FAFCO’s metal tanks, from 10 to 300 m3, are rectangular, insulated and up to 4 metres high, with a minimum footprint. They can include level measurement, spraying systems, bottom tapping, bubbling, and thermal control.