Nano Technology Solar Thermal Energy System ( Solar Thermal Magazine ) – LONDON, UK. August
One of the biggest trusts in the UK National Health Service, the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust have installed a Surface Power HONE daylight heating and hot water system to reduce their gas bills.
Their new Nanotechnology energy systems are up to 50 times more efficient than existing renewable heating systems. This new technology harvests free daylight as the fuel source 365 days of the year and it can be used instead of oil and gas for heating or hot water production at high temperatures.
John Quinn, CEO of London-based Surface Power, says that this NHS installation is part of the UK’s renewable heat incentive payment (RHI) scheme and has both OFGEM and Belfast Trust metering in place so live data is immediate.
The first month’s results clearly showed the power of this new technology which delivered an immediate gas reduction of 80% and a COP of 1:221. To put this result into a bigger context; this DTES heating technology would only require one small 850KW boiler to provide all the annual heat and hot water for 100,000 homes saving up to 300,000 tonnes of CO2 and £82 Million in gas heating cost annually;” he says.
John Quinn added
The benefit of harvesting free daylight at high temperatures can only be achieved with advances in technology and in this case Nanotechnology. The world’s existing renewable heating technologies are quite old and we have a big energy and carbon problem to solve. We will only do this with new disruptive energy technologies
George McCraken, Head of Estates for the Belfast Trust, says:
Surface Power HONE is a new technology in the area of renewable heating. We have achieved a healthcare first in Ireland and the UK by deploying it to provide full service heating and hot water provision on a hospital campus. The ability to harness new technologies especially ones that work on daylight as a fuel input are fundamental to the UK National Health Service cutting its energy and carbon costs.
Chris Mullan, Principal Engineer with White Young Green, says “Surface Power Hone have provided the Belfast Health Trust with an exciting new technology from which the benefits have been evident. We fully designed the system in conjunction with Surface Power Hone and co-operation between the entire design and contracting team ensured it was integrated into the existing building systems with minimal disruption. A substantial reduction in heating and hot water energy consumption has been realised with the obvious financial and environmental benefits this brings. Overall a great success.”
Alan Poots, Director of CA Services added: “As an experienced installer of renewable heating, we found this installation to be quite simple. What has surprised everyone are the temperatures that this new technology is achieving from daylight even in poor cloudy weather, it’s clear this technology is extremely powerful and will become very popular.
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This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.