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developed in Portugal, this amazing product
has eventually found its way to UK shores.
Why it has taken so long to establish its self
in the UK market, we are completely unaware.
Since the patented technology was invented, thousands of systems have
been installed across Europe including 36 Spanish branches of McDonalds
The application for this technology is unlimited; whether for commercial,
industrial or domestic purposes; space heating and sanitary hot water
heating, account for the majority of UK energy demand. The versatility
of the lightweight panel and the fact they will work anywhere means;
exactly that, the panels can be fitted and will work anywhere!
panels soak up energy from the atmosphere;
they do not need direct sunlight
they do not need mounting on
a south facing roof plane
they do not take up valuable roof
space ideal for solar PV
that when installed in conjunction
with solar PV
We can in fact generate
totally free heat
a well designed system the power provided by
the PV panels will adequately power the compressor
during daylight hours.
The well insulated cylinder will keep warm stored water while the PV
fires up the next day and we can potentially have constant free heat.
The compressor is the only electrical component within the thermodynamic
system and uses minimal electricity.
efficiency of this product and simplicity of
installation make it an option unrivaled by
any other. The COP at 0° is a steady 4
meaning that in simple terms, when compared
to a modern efficient gas condensing boiler
at 93% efficient, this thermodynamic system
is 400% efficient in comparison. In warmer
weather when the panels can drag more energy
from the atmosphere the efficiency can increase
to as high 700% in comparison! COP is further
is the COP of this product?
The CoP or Coefficient is simply the input to output ratio.
It is a way to measure the amount of energy created for the amount
of energy it uses.
Some of the larger thermodynamic systems can produce a COP of up to
7. This means that for every Kw of energy it uses it will produce 7
The Cop will change and is affected by the ambient temperature. The
warmer the outside temperature the higher the system will perform.
It is worth mentioning that the warmer the temperature the faster the
water will be heated. It will not heat water more.
you compare the CoP of the thermodynamic system
against a traditional it becomes apparent on
just how efficient the thermodynamic panels
For example oil or gas boilers have a Cop of 0.85 that is it takes
around 1.15 Kw to produce 1 Kw of energy
The following table shows the rate at which the water heats up as well
as the COP at different temperatures.
speed of rising temperature is the rate at
which the water is heated per hour in degrees
The COP is also based on daylight hours.
The COP can drop by around 22% during the hours of darkness.
This a Heat Pump?
There have been many arguments as to whether this is a heat pump
or not and opinions are divided. The system does have the thermal
solar keymark on it and it qualifies for the RHI payments, which
means that those good people at DECC are of the opinion that it is
a thermal solar system and not a heat pump.
Our thermodynamic system does not require mechanical ventilation
using fans that can be expensive to run as well as being quite noisy.
Unlike heat pumps they will work at very low temperatures. They have
a COP of 4 at 0 degrees Celsius and as high as 7 in warmer weather
which is far better than any heat pump or thermal solar system on
the market today.
The system uses a refrigerant liquid which is passed through a solar
panel where it absorbs the heat from the atmospheric temperature.
The heated liquid evaporates and is passed through a thermo block
via a compressor. This heated gas then passes through a heat exchanger
where it transfers the heat to the water in the cylinder before cooling
and reverting back to a liquid where the process is repeated
this qualify for the RHI,
What is the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)?
In an effort to reduce the carbon emmissions in the UK the government
has set up a number of incentives to encourage the homeowners and
businesses to install a variety of renewable energy products and
The introduction of the renewable heat incentive in particular was
launched for the commercial market in November 2011.
The RHI is specifically for technologies that produce heat. The production
of heat accounts for around 49% of the total UK energy consumption.
The aim is to be producing 12% of this energy cost by 2020.
The cost of installing renewable energy sources is generally more
expensive than traditional heating methods and fossil fuel and the
government have therefore setup the RHI to compensate for this higher
For domestic installations, the renewable heat incentive premium
payment is a one off lump sum of £300 for the thermodynamic
system as it comes under solar thermal and once this is applied for
then the homeowner will automatically qualify for the RHI payments
which are due to be launched in June 2013 and will be paid annually
for 20 years. The RHI will be backdated to the time of install.
For commercial applications of the thermodynamic systems there is
no RHIPP payment. The RHI however, is paid quarterly and is based
on the amount of heat generated by the thermodynamic panels. The
system is metered and at present (June 2012) pays 8.9 pence per Kwt
the RHI payment is index linked and is for 20 years from the date
The RHI payment was set, based on relatively inefficient solar thermal
systems that are available. The fact that the thermodynamic atmospheric
system works 24 hours per day 365 days per year in all weather conditions
down to -15 degrees celsius means that the returns from the RHI payments
can make this a very lucrative investment opportunity.
Domestic – A one off premium payment of £300 pounds on
installation of the thermodynamic system.
Commercial – This began in November 2011 is available for the
no domestic sector and includes all businesses, schools, hospitals,
hotels, nursing homes, public sector buildings and council offices.
It is currently set for a term of 20 years.
Domestic - annual
payment will begin in the
summer of 2013 and is expected
to be a fixed payment for
a 20 year term.
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