TWO UNIQUE PATENT APPLICATIONS
1. Integrated Overheating Prevention
2. Unique Solar Array Design
PATENT APPLICATION 1: Integrated Overheating Prevention
The product IP is key to the unique functioning of the technology and is what sets the technology apart from other solar panels on the market. It addresses the problem many manufacturers face when trying to scale solar panels up and effectively reach higher performance results.
Other systems on the market are fixed panels on rooftops.
Firstly FIXED PANELS lose out on 46% more energy by not tracking the sun. The are static and inefficient.
Secondly, the reason why they cannot install more panels on roof tops is due to the danger of OVERHEATING the system.
How Terawatt has addressed the overheating danger is a built-in sensor located on the solar arrays which is programmed by a software to detect high temperatures. On a extreme hot day in the UK and for warmer countries when it reaches mid-day the system has collected enough energy and will rotate away from the sun. Once the temperature in the buffer tank cools down then the system returns to tracking the sun and this cycle continues.
How serious is the overheating issue?
Competing solar thermal companies cannot install large banks of solar thermal panels for home heating because they will over heat in the hot weather conditions. This would lead to high pressure steam, burst pipework and health and safety risk, therefore they cannot contribute to solar thermal home heating in any meaningful way. TERAWATT HAS OVER COME THIS PROBLEM.
Current systems on the market are fixed to the roof whereas our system is a stand alone system that can track the sun. We therefore can solve the latter two issues. 1. By tracking the sun we create 46% more energy than a fixed system 2. we have a patent pending sensor that is located on the array and will prevent overheating by moving the array away from the sun at high temperatures. The latter is one of the main reasons this technology has not been developed to its full potential by anyone in the global industry. Other solar companies have failed to prevent their systems overheating with solutions such as curtains but these are installed manually.
Uninterrupted Power Supply Feature
The technology also has an uninterrupted power supply feature and if the city or town loses power the system will continue to function. Another danger for fixed panels is when an emergency happens and power is lost the internal system is turned off therefore not distributing the continued heat being absorbed by the sun and in this case the solar arrays are getting hotter leading to self destruction.
The PCT Application EP2012/066555 was filed on 24 August 2012 with an earliest priority date of 24 August 2011 and subsequently entered the National/Regional Phases in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand in March 2014. The primary focus of the Patent Application is the provision of a novel apparatus for preventing overheating of solar systems via the use of sensors and effective articulation and the status is pending.
This is a family friendly product with the most advanced safety mechanism incorporated to protect the entire system internally and externally. 100% renewable product reducing C02 emissions to the environment.
PATENT APPLICATION 2: Unique Solar Array Design
This unique design allows us to reduce the size of the solar array while maintaining the same KWH output. This design also reduces the risk of wind damage while making it much more available to domestic customers who have limited garden space available to them. Also the system will Be less intrusive, and much aesthetically pleasing.