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March 16th, 2010

Aussies offer trough-focused PV/hot water system

Published on March 16th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Darren Quick over at Gizmodo reports on an interesting combined photovoltaic panel (with tracking) and water-heating system. According to Quick, the systems will be made by Technique Solar, an Australian company spunoff from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Each trough (see diagram above) has a lens that concentrates the sunlight on a strip of photovoltaic material. The lens system allows the use of less PV material, and, thus, a projected lower cost.

The tracking solar module also has a built-in heat exchanger located beneath the troughs and PV strips.

Quick says the panel can produce 400 watts of electrical power and 1700 watts of heat power for a total of 2100 watts. He also deconstructs some of the hype around this technology. He says the claim that these units increase efficiency to 50% are based on the combined wattage, not just electrical output.


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One Response to Aussies offer trough-focused PV/hot water system

  1. Exceptional application ! These units are ideally suited for use with our emergency housing technology, currently being deployed in Haiti, Chile, and a number of African and Middle Eastern countries (Please visit our Web Site http://www.ict-masshousing.com). Are these units currently available, and if so, what is the pricing on volume discount purchasing… let’s say 500 unit / order, and delivery time ?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Best wishes,

    Michael C. Hrinko, Ph.D.,
    Chief Executive Officer
    ICT Mass Housing Technologies, LLC

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