Combined PV and thermal tech wins award
New technology combining solar PV and solar thermal to generate renewable power has won the Product or Innovation of the Year – Thermal Comfort category at this year's CIBSE Building Performance Awards.
Naked Energy’s VirtuPVT technology combines both solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal technology to provide heat and power generation in a single solution.
The system uses Naked Energy’s patented PVT technology, which uses a solar thermal flat plate absorber combined with monocrystalline PV cells.
Alex Mellor, senior technologist at Naked Energy, said to CIBSE Journal that the product initially stemmed from exploring ideas around the hyper-efficient transfer of heat, which were then married with the concept of combining heat and power.
He said, "The co-founders saw very early on that renewable heat was going to be important – something that the world is starting to wake up to now. The VirtuPVT design brings that together through the combination of PV panels and highly efficient heat transfer through thermal solar and the evacuated tube design to reduce heat loss."
Learn more by reading the full CIBSE Journal article here.