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About Solar Thermodynamics
Originally 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 restaurants.

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!
The panels soak up energy from the atmosphere;

Meaning they do not need direct sunlight

Meaning they do not need mounting on a south facing roof plane

Meaning they do not take up valuable roof space ideal for solar PV

Meaning that when installed in conjunction with solar PV

We can in fact generate totally free heat

In 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.

The 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 explained below.

What 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 Kw’s energy.

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.
When you compare the CoP of the thermodynamic system against a traditional it becomes apparent on just how efficient the thermodynamic panels are.
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.

The speed of rising temperature is the rate at which the water is heated per hour in degrees celsius.
The COP is also based on daylight hours.
The COP can drop by around 22% during the hours of darkness.

Is 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

Does 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 systems.

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 cost.

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 of installation.

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.

Phase One
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.

Phase Two
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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