Although solar panel technology is well established, commercial hybrid panels are a recent innovation. A typical photovoltaic panel transforms ~20% of incident solar irradiance into electricity – and a thermal panel several times that, into heat. Between the two, there are trade-offs; and the detailed economics – factoring in power prices and other heating costs, etc. – can be very complex. In the end, however, people/businesses need continuous electricity and regular hot water. There is a clear need for a solution that delivers both: hence the development and uptake of hybrid panels.
ECOMESH provides an efficient solution for such a hybrid solar panel that maximises both heat capture and electricity generation. At the core of the innovation is ECOMESH’s Transparent Insulating Cover (TIC) technology: an advanced heat recovery system which uses an inert gas layer to maximise heat capture. TIC also increases electricity generation, by cooling the photovoltaic cells to their optimum operating temperature.
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