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TVP solar panels can be used in seawater desalination

TVP Solar has announced the completion of a one-year study of its solar thermal panels at a live client site in Kuwait

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The panels can be applied to industrial process heating, desalination, and air-conditioning.
The panels can be applied to industrial process heating, desalination, and air-conditioning.

Swiss-based TVP Solar, a leader in high-vacuum mirrorless solar thermal collectors based on patented technology, has announced the completion of a one-year study of its solar thermal panels at a live client site in Kuwait.

The results prove TVP's best-in-class performance operating up to 200 deg C as recently certified by Din Certco Solar Keymark. The solar field in Kuwait produces a massive amount of thermal energy - 750 kWh/sq m/year - with a peak efficiency of 57 per cent, validating certification values.

"TVP has proven itself a game-changer," said Piero Abbate, TVP's CEO. "Our super-performing panels predictably deliver massive thermal energy for the most energy-consuming applications, even in harsh environments like the Gulf."

The panels can be applied to industrial process heating, desalination, and air-conditioning.

The solar field delivered up to 180 deg C to directly drive a double-effect absorption chiller and supply air-conditioning to the new Agility headquarters in Sulaibiya, Kuwait. Over 365 days, the system ran automatically and unattended with 98 per cent reliability, showing a mere eight per cent of efficiency loss due to soiling effect; this was achieved without a single day of panel cleaning.

The TVP solar-driven cooling system contributes 73 per cent of the points for the new building's LEED certification. Operating from 10 am to 3 pm (on average per day), with ambient temperatures up to 62 deg C, solar thermal energy supplied 70 per cent of the daily cooling load, matching the peak load.

Alternative Energy Solutions (AES) CEO Stephen Lubrano stated: "We are extremely proud to be the first adopter of this revolutionary solution in Kuwait. The solution is perfectly in line with our parent company's vision of innovation and social responsibility.”

"TVP economically and efficiently cuts OPEX, meets Agility's sustainability objectives, and is a key component of the new headquarters' LEED certification,” he added.

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