fresh bytes
Subscribe to EE Journal Daily Newsletter

Hybrid solar tubes generate both electricity and hot water


Solar panels normally come in two different types. Photovoltaic panels that turn the sun’s rays into electrical power, and thermal collectors that heat water using the sun then use it to heat a building or to provide hot water. Now those two technologies are coming together, in a hybrid solar tube that provides the best of both worlds.

The Virtu Tube from Britain’s Naked Energy puts the photovoltaic panels inside a vacuum tube, where Naked Energy’s patented “thermosyphon” technology pumps away heat to keep the panels at their peak efficiency. The extracted heat can then be used for other purposes.

Continue reading 

Leave a Reply

featured blogs
May 23, 2017
With the announcement yesterday of Ford ousting its old-school CEO and replacing him with a guy who had previously been working on their autonomous vehicles division (and before that, I kid you not, he sold office furniture), yet another grain of sand—albeit a large one...
May 23, 2017
CHANDLER, Ariz., May 22, 2017 — A new high-speed network solution for in-vehicle infotainment with device control over Internet Protocol (IP) is now available from Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP). Unified Centralized Software Stack (UNICENS) is a software module...
May 19, 2017
Chris Shelly, Samtec’s RF/SI Modeling Engineer, walks us through another 12G SDI product demonstration from NAB 2017. This demonstration showcases the Samtec BNC Edge Mount connector used in the Fidus® Gearbox+™ and the Phabrix® QX UHDTV 12G SDI generator/ana...