Solar collectors – off-grid
Large-scale resources are being channelled towards ensuring that people living in vulnerable and underdeveloped areas of the world have access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy services. Solar heating systems are particularly well-suited to cover the enormous demand for hot tap water for hygiene purposes. Inaventa Solar has experience delivering heating systems to underdeveloped areas via the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
Solar energy is often the most suitable source of energy for generating both electricity and heat in refugee camps. Inaventa Solar offers a self-circulating heating system (thermosyphon) for tap water based on polymer solar collectors with an integrated water tank. The system operates automatically without the need for electricity, pumps and control functions, and is also price-competitive. The fact that the solar panels are made out of polymer materials means that there is no danger of corrosion and the light weight also makes them easy to transport and install. The solar panels can be placed on the ground or integrated into buildings, and they are specifically developed for use in areas of underdeveloped infrastructure.
Inaventa Solar has joined forces with German partners to produce a hybrid panel that can supply both heat and electricity from the same area. This will be achieved by attaching an organic photoelectric film onto polymer solar collectors. Organic solar cells allow higher operating temperatures without loss of efficiency, and are very suitable for combination with polymer collectors. The result is improved overall energy yield from renewable heat and renewable electricity. Our project is called OPVT – coming soon!
O = organic
PV = photovoltaic
T = thermal