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Solar Power. At Last.

 

Introducing SolarFluidics, a revolutionary new solar thermal technology that finally delivers on the promises of alternative energy, with a maximum operating efficiency of 80%

Each square metre is capable of generating up to 1,500 kWh of power per year, at a fraction of the cost of photovoltaics or concentrated solar power.

 

INTRODUCTION

For a myriad of reasons, there are huge efforts underway to implement alternative forms of energy production, with hundreds of billions of dollars being spent on huge photovoltaics and concentrated solar power (CSP) projects, as these are seen to be our best option.

However, photovoltaics (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) only have a theoretical maximum operating efficiency of just 50%, and photovoltaics in particular is an extremely ‘dirty' way of producing power.

The simple truth is that there isn’t a technology available today (or on the horizon) that can replace oil, natural gas and nuclear in an efficient and sustainable manner.

So we dedicated the last four years to developing a highly advanced solar thermal nano technology – that can act as a bridge to the time we develop one that can.

We created SolarFluidics.

SOLARFLUIDICS SOLAR THERMAL POWER

The construction of the collectors are a composite of carbon nano particles which enable solar harvesting with a maximum operating efficiency of 80%

Harvested light is converted into heat by the nano particles, and the heat is transferred into water by a heat exchanger that is built in to the back of each panel.

The panels or cells are modular, and can be connected together to adapt the collection area to any desired power output.  They have been field tested at 800-1,000w per square metre.

This is how we buy ourselves the necessary time to develop the true replacement for oil and gas – cheaply and without sacrifice.

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Powerful

1,500 kWh per year per 1m²

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Simple Manufacturing

Similar to Double Glazing

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100% Recyclable

Basic Components, No Chemicals

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80% Efficient

Max Operating Efficiency

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Easily Sourceable

Carbon, Aluminium, Glass

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Minimalist Design

7 static components

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Inexpensive

$85 per square metre

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Sustainable

Earth Elements, Organic Oil

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Inbuilt Redundancy

No single point of weakness

* 1 gram of nano fluid has a surface area of more than 2,500m² *

POWERFUL AND EFFICIENT

How much power?

Taking our lowest figure of 800w per square metre of panels, and assuming just 5.5 hours of sunshine per day, gives us 4.4 kWh per day.

Even when allowing for only 350 days of production, this gives us 1,540 kWh per year, which we round down to 1,500 kWh per year.

How does this compare?

In contrast, a convention 1m² photovoltaic panel has an operational power output of 150 – 200w.

Does this mean that SolarFluidics is at least 4x more effective at collecting solar power than a conventional system?

In a word, yes.

How efficient?

With a maximum operating efficiency of 80%, SolarFluidics is 4x more efficient than PV and 2.5x more efficient than CSP.

Not only that, but their theoretical maxium is just 50%.

There is no comparison.

HOW DO WE DO IT?

SolarFluidics contains three main elements which give their panels high performance:

1. Meso-silica porous matching layer to improve the index of refraction allows more light into our panel;

2. Carbon Nano Particle photo resonance (tubes, spheres, graphene, pea pods, whiskers) for improved light absorption;

3. Ultra thin film radiant shielding.  Low emissivity high thermal conductance heat exchanger to allow collected power to be used and stored.

Also of note is the Heat Sensor, in the form of a digital (“on / off”) snap switch, which allows panel temperatures to be set and regulated for collective solar absorption.

SolarFluidics is a truly ‘Smart Technology', and this has been achieved without the use of prone-to-failure electronics.

MANUFACTURING

The manufacturing of this product can be adapted to several different environments, and has been designed to be built in real life, not just a laboratory.

It can be vertically integrated into any country that has basic (compositing) capabilities, and a relatively low-skilled workforce.

SolarFluidics panels themselves are composed solely of fundamental earth elements.  They are truly as environmentally-friendly as manufacturing can ever be, and 100% recyclable.

In addition, all materials can be easily sourced.

WHAT CAN IT BE USED FOR?

Applications for Solar Thermal power include:

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Hot Water

For residential, commercial and industrial – by contributing to or replacing existing hot water systems.  This is the most obvious application, but it is by no means the only one!

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Air Conditioning

Existing air conditioning systems can be retrofitted with SolarFluidics panels to reduce running costs, or new especially designed hybrid systems can be implemented for even greater efficiency

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Desalination Plants

Adding energy to an existing process to improve efficiency, or replacing entirely where other heat or power sources aren't available

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Aluminium Plants

Adding energy to electrical power production by supplying hot water for feed water, resulting in approximately 10% reduction in running costs

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Electrical Generation

Adding energy to electrical power production by supplying hot water for feed water, resulting in approximately 10% reduction in running costs

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Pathogen Neutralisation

Preparing water to be safe for drinking (elimination of protozoa, parasites, bacteria, viruses and algae)  Filters can be added where required for removal of heavy metals etc.

RESIDENTIAL

Just 1m² of SolarFluidics’ panels provides enough hot water to satisfy all of one person’s showering, bathing, dishwasher and washing machines needs.  Add more panels to affordably power air conditioning* systems as well!

COMMERCIAL

Hotels, Condominiums, Restaurants, Abattoirs all use an enormous of electricity heating water.  And nearly all of them have more than enough room to install the panels needed to reduce their electrical consumption by at least 30%

INDUSTRIAL

Potential uses for SolarFluidics panels include pre heat for desalination plants, aluminium plants and even electrical generation.  Every watt produced by the sun is a free watt, and can contribute to around 10% savings on running costs

DEVELOPING WORLD

SolarFluidics technology is ideally suited to pathogen neutralisation; preparing water to be safe for drinking (elimination of protozoa, parasites, bacteria, viruses and algae)  Filters can be added when necessary to remove heavy metals.

In countries such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE, where air conditioning alone uses up to 75% of all electrical supply at peak, the case for SolarFluidics is even clearer

Inside a carbon nanotube

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions
20mm x 640mm x 750mm

Efficiency of Nano Fluid
98%

Maximum Operating Efficiency
80%

Smart Technology
Digital Flow – On/Off

Water Flow
Dual flow, optimising power output

Models
⅓ m²

Power Output
300 watts (per panel)

Water Production
10 litres / hour / m²

Temperature of Water
99°C max (system regulated)

WHERE CAN IT BE USED?

The efficiency of SolarFluidics’ solar thermal technology is such that just one square metre of panels is comfortably able to generate 1,500 kWh of power during the course of a single year.

Field tested at 800 – 1,000 watts per square metre, this holds true for all countries located +/- 30 degrees latitude of the Equator, as well as some notable exceptions such as Australia and South Africa.  (Nearly all countries could benefit, but not to the same extent)

DIRECT SUNSHINE
NOT REQUIRED

Importantly, although our panels obviously need solar radiation to work, they do not need actual sunshine in order to function, nor do they need to face the sun directly, so there is no need for expensive, failure-prone tracking mechanisms.

It just works.

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HOT WATER

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that as much as one third of total electrical power is used to heat water.

This water is used by industry (pasteurisation, drying, thermal processing), in residential (showers, laundry and disinfecting) and in rural / third-world countries (pathogen elimination, washing and cooking)

Wouldn't it make more sense to use the sun to heat water?

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Amount of electricity that is wasted heating water

 

When it comes to heating water, a watt is a watt is a watt.  The same number of electrical watts are needed to heat water as solar thermal watts.  The only difference is the cost to produce them, and the impact on the environment.

 

Once one understands how perfectly suited solar thermal power is to heating water, it quickly becomes very clear that using coal, nuclear, natural gas or oil – to make electricity – to heat water – is absurd

OLD THINKING

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1. Oil is drilled
Gas is extracted
Coal is dug up

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2. Sent on trains,
boats & pipelines

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3. Oil, gas or coal
are then burned
to heat water
to make steam

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4. Inside the generator,
the steam spins a big
fan called a turbine

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5. The spinning turbine
rotates a big magnet
around a piece of
wire, which creates
a magnetic field that
electrifies the wire

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6. The electric current
flows through the wire
and is pushed out
through high-voltage
transformers and on
to your house

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7. Electricity powers
immersion heaters,
washing machines,
dishwashers etc.

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8. Hot Water

OUR THINKING

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1. Sun

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2. SolarFluidics Panel

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3. Hot Water 99°C

UNRIVALLED COST PER KWH

The manufacturing cost of panels in full production will be $25 – $30 per 1m², making SolarFluidics incredibly cost effective

For example, to manufacture sufficient panels to generate 1 TWh per year of power would cost less than $20 million.

* Even at an installed cost of $200 per square metre, the initial cost per kWh is just $0.13, or $0.013 per kWh over 10 years

CAPITAL COST COMPARISON

Overnight Capital Costs

Overnight capital costs are a useful measure while determining the current cost of building a power plant.

While the measure doesn’t take into account financing costs and inflation, it does give one a clear indication of the cost of building a power plant at the current moment using a company’s own funds.

Capital Costs per kilowatt (kW) for different fuels

The US Energy Information Administration (or EIA) published the above estimates for capital costs for various fuel types in April 2013.  Note that these costs are indicative costs for plants in the US and don’t take into account regional variances.

COUNTRY IMPLEMENTATION EXAMPLES

It would cost just $1.65 billion to reduce the UAE's total electrical consumption by 30%

 It would cost just $3.71 billion to reduce Saudi Arabia's total electrical consumption by 30%

 It would cost just $1.97 billion to reduce Malaysia's total electrical consumption by 30%

Please Note – The above costs do not include the cost of installation.

SUMMARY

SolarFluidics is inexpensive to produce, and causes almost no harm to the environment, either during production or recycling.

It is highly efficient and, if implemented at full scale, it can effectively double a country’s power production capacity, by halving its electrical consumption.

This is what we call sustainable technology, and this is how we give ourselves the time to create the real replacement for fossil fuels.

We are now actively looking for partners, on national and local levels, who are ready to change their (and all our) world.

Please contact us below.

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