You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to swim like one!
The same Heliocol solar panels used to heat your backyard pool heat numerous high-profile commercial swimming pools, including those used in the Summer Olympic Games.
Although early Olympic swimming events were held in open water, the trials shifted to an early form of artificial swimming pool in the 1908 London Olympics. On the west side of White City Stadium, a 100-meter long swimming tank (twice the length of a modern Olympic pool) was constructed with a diving tower at one end and spectator stands surrounding it. The pool was unheated and unfiltered, leading one Australian swimmer to describe the consistency of the water as being "as thick as pea soup."
Today, the Olympic standards for optimum temperature and water purity are strictly regulated, making the choice of solar pool heating system a critical concern for the Federation Internationale de Notation Amateur, the ruling agency that sets Olympic standards. After reviewing Heliocol’s stellar commercial performance record, excellent performance and unmatched reliability, the Summer Olympic Games selected Heliocol solar pool heating systems not once, but three times over, as the solar pool heating system of choice.
Beginning in 1996, Heliocol was chosen by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Summer Olympic Games to design and install the solar pool heating system to regulate the water temperature for the Olympic pool in Atlanta, Ga. In just a few short weeks, a 10,000-square-foot span of Heliocol solar panels was installed on the roof of the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center to cool and heat the million gallon pool.
Heliocol was chosen not only for its reliability and cost-effectiveness, but for its accurate performance. The Federation Internationale de Notation Amateur requires that pool water temperatures be maintained at 26 degrees Celsius (79 degrees Fahrenheit) during Olympic competition, with only one degree Celsius fluctuation allowed from that standard. To maintain that temperature, Heliocol not only provided heat using free energy from the sun, but at night, the system was operated to radiate excess heat into the night sky, thereby cooling the water to the required temperature.
Impressed by the solar system’s performance, Olympic officials selected Heliocol again in Athens, Greece in 2004. The panels were installed just prior to the competition, maintaining optimum temperatures throughout the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. Heliocol was selected as the solar pool heating system of choice yet again in 2008 for the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.