Whether you consider it an unhinging factor or an uphill process, but switching to solar power may not appear simple all throughout (especially, when you have to choose between solar thermal panels or photovoltaic panels). But, here’s something from Guildford-based Naked Energy that combines the best of both for enhanced convenience and better usability. Notably, the British Company recently came up with their new Virtu Hybrid Solar Panel that stands out for its unique design, function and test results.
A significant upgrade to traditional solar panels, the efficient hybrid system however has been making waves for generating both electricity and hot water at the same time. Generally, customary solar panels can either produce electricity through PV panels or generate heat water without electricity. But, the new solar panel amalgamates both the functionalities into a singular, exquisite form factor.
Not only this, Virtu also touts to have outlined the correct layout and process in order to accomplish an effectual thermal transfer system. Nonetheless to provide an overview, the solar panel gets accommodated in a unique vacuum tube configuration – whereby the tubes feature low thermal losses and induce energy irrespective of the climate they function in.
Developed by the company's chief engineer by the name of Richard Boyle, the system has even helped creators explore combined thermal and photovoltaic actions. At the same time, by taking advantage of the integrated thermosyphon technology, the panel produces undesired heat from the photovoltaic cell to warm water. The process, thus, eventually enables the model to generate more electricity than conventional photovoltaic cells.
What may enhance the experience even further are Virtu’s photovoltaic panels that could be adjusted seamlessly and placed on flat roofs. Hopefully, the hybrid version will make a lot of things simpler and results-oriented for users who want electricity and hot water simultaneously. As of now, Naked Energy is working on leveraging the Virtu’s efficacy as a hybrid solar panel.