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Just like you would expect

Every STS system is tested and run with a simple thermal source prior to installation.

  The point of this discussion is to elaborate a bit on the entire range of thermal applications.  All that's needed to adapt the STS to any temperature range is the appropriate heat exchangers.  Yes I realize we're making it sound like heat exchanger design and engineering is a trivial exercise.  It is not, but it is a well defined discipline, and there are plenty of experts around.  We'll work with your experts or supply our own to design the optimum system for your situation and needs.

  Being from New England, we use fuel-oil and natural-gas fired boilers, and a simple heat exchanger.  We test the systems starting at 120F (potable hot-water), then at ~195F-220F (domestic hydronic), then finally in the 450F-550F range (typical for solar concentrators).  The point is that every system is naturally adapted to this mode of operation.  ( FYI: Did you know that automobile gasoline engines are test run on natural gas? )  Could we operate at higher temperatures? Sure, what we'd be getting away from is the maintenance free reliability of the commercial STS, but if you've got that much waste heat, then you're prepared for the inevitable need to maintain the piece of equipment that is making that heat in the first place.




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