Development of a thermal and photovoltaic solar panel
Supporting the R&D of a coating for a thermal and photovoltaic solar panel
TRL9 Ltd is a technical research and development (R&D) company developing a solar fluidics device. This is a solar panel with a combined heat and power unit to provide hot water and electricity to small dwellings in off-grid locations or densely populated and impoverished communities.
TRL9 has worked with CPI on reviewing relevant technologies currently available and developing their solar panel. The aim was to improve the solar panel’s absorption of thermal energy and to integrate a photovoltaic (PV) layer to harvest electricity from incident light.
This work was carried out as part of CPI’s Project IMPACT (Innovative Materials via Precision Additive Coating Technologies), which was part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
An input is a unique capability, service or method of support that was provided, such as equipment or expertise.
- ERDF funding via the IMPACT Project
- Additive manufacture and design expertise
- Printable electronics expertise
- State-of-the-art facilities
An output is the result of the work, such as an experimental finding, an actual product or a pilot demonstrator.
- Technical review and desk research of thermally absorbent black coatings and printable photovoltaic technologies
An outcome arises from implementing the outputs, for example, a profit, an investment, providing jobs or delivering societal benefits. Outcomes continue once an innovation has been implemented and deliver benefit every year.
- Understanding of the available options for black coating materials for most effective and efficient thermal transfer, with specific prototyping options identified
- Understanding of the available options for third-generation PV coatings for the solar panel