PV-T – A Technology Come of Age
Microgeneration and renewable / sustainable heating solutions are in the ascendency as the Feed In Tarrif (FIT) and Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) offer real financial incentives for purchasers of these systems.
PVT (or PV-T as it is sometimes known) was exhibited at one of the UK’s premier building shows, the Grand Designs 2010 Live exhibition, and Kevin McCloud of Grand Designs fame picked this technology as one of his top 10 ‘Eco Heroes’ in an interview with The Telegraph.
What is PVT?
PVT or PV-T (Photo Voltaic Thermal) systems are an evolutionary hybrid development of PV and solar thermal systems, which have both been around in differing forms for many years.
Technical developments of both PV and Solar Thermal systems, such as monocrystaline PV panels and evacuated tube thermal systems, have increased the efficiency of these systems – reducing financial payback times and increasing the financial advantages. Feed in Tarrifs have also helped PV panels, promoting the adoption of microgeneration technologies.
Combining PV and Solar Thermal technologies in a PV-T solution has the potential to provide all the hot water and space heating energy of a well-designed house, with zero running cost and zero CO2 emissions.
PV technology can also be used in transparent photovoltaic glazing to replace windows and skylights.
For more information
At Wholebuild we work with a range of professionals in the solar industry, including providers of PV, PT and PVT or PV-T systems. To see more information on solar energy and solar products, follow the links below.
Professional advice from trade associations and organisations who specialise in PVT and solar energy solutions:
For companies who provide PVT & other solar solutions:
- See Newform Energy
- See Solar Twin Ltd
To see all the information on solar energy solutions on Wholebuild:
Information Updated on: 8 August 2012