Hot Water Cylinder News

01.05.2013 Copper - The Bacteria Killing Machine

Copper is widely recognised for its bacteria killing properties but if you were ever considering just how effective copper is when it comes to killing bacteria, here is the information you have been looking for. MRSA - Copper alloys kill more than 99.9% of MRSA within two hours - Stainless steel did not exhibit any antimicrobial efficacy. Ecoli - Over 99.9% of E. coli microbes are killed after just 1–2 hours on copper. On stainless steel surfaces, the microbes can survive for weeks.

01.05.2013 McDonald's Engineers Manufactures 2000 Litre Solar Pre Feed Tank

McDonald Engineers had manufactured a 2000 litre solar pre-heat cylinder for 1 World Solar, who are installing 540 Thermomax evacuated tubes at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton. The project incorporated the 2000 litre cylinder, a 40 litre solar discharge vessel and 300 litre expansion vessel all mounted on to a steel skid plate. The highly technical project was part of the development of the Jubilee Building at the hospital. This will replace a series of temporary buildings at the site, and will make use of renewable energy sources.

15.04.2013 Tank on Tank Heat Pump Cylinders Transforms Installations

McDonald Engineers’ ECOflow heat pump cylinder is available as a Tank On Tank system to reduce the space required and improve the installation process.


The tank on tank system is ideally suited for heat pumps which require a hot water cylinder and a buffer vessel.  Heat Pumps have experienced a steady growth in the UK, however the traditional approach is to have a hot water cylinder plus a separate buffer vessel.

11.04.2013 McDonald Engineers Deliver Unvented Cylinder for Historic Castle

McDonald Engineers have shown their ability to deliver bespoke solutions for every type of application, by designing and manufacturing a 360 litre unvented POWERflow cylinder for a 16th century castle.


Invercauld Castle was originally built as the home of the Clan Farquharson however it now operates as a luxury shooting and fishing lodge in Aberdeenshire.

McDonald Engineers were recommended to the owners of Invercauld Castle when they chose to upgrade the direct vented system that supplied hot water throughout the castle.

14.03.2013 McDonald Engineers Supply 36 Thermal Stores to the Military


McDonald Engineers has demonstrated its positions as one of the UK’s leading suppliers of thermal stores by securing an order for 36 of its THERMflows for an Army base in England.

The order was secured thanks to McDonald Engineers unique ability to manufacture solutions tailored to customers needs.  Each thermal store having all of the connections re-positioned to be on the front of the cylinder and a high efficiency system boiler coil fitted, to provide a rapid heat up.

14.03.2013 CUBEflow Is the Answer for Housing Association

McDonald Engineers have demonstrated their position as the UK’s new market leader in rectangular hot water tanks with the supply of a 100 litre CUBEflow from stock.

The urgent enquiry came from a housing association in the North East of England who required an emergency replacement for an existing Elson rectangular tank to allow a vacant property to be refurbished and ready for a new tenant within the week.

Bespoke Rectangular Hot Water Tank

01.03.2013 Bespoke Rectangular Hot Water Tank

McDonald Engineers have again displayed their ability to offer bespoke solutions to their clients' needs by adapting their CUBEflow rectangular hot water tank to deliver their first ever pentagonal tank.

The solution was developed to meet the requirements of a London housing association which approached McDonald Engineers to replace an existing rectangular hot water tank.

14.02.2013 McDonald Engineers Respond to Hotel Emergency

McDonald Engineers has once again demonstrated its ability to respond to emergency enquiries by designing, manufacturing and delivering a complete hot water solution featuring two of their highly efficient 900 litre vented PLATEflow units in just 4 working days.

The issue arose when a busy city centre hotel experienced a burst hot water cylinder and called McDonald Engineers to assist.

17.01.2013 Are You Specifying Your Solar Thermal Cylinders Correctly?

The lure of ‘free’ hot water, the potential to cut energy bills and the potential to earn money via the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), is making solar thermal installations an increasingly attractive proposition.

And whilst our solar thermal cylinders have been successfully installed for decades, clients continue to have challenges when it comes to specifying cylinders to maximise the savings delivered by the project.