Gallery Virtu 1
Gallery Virtu 1
April 2020
Headquarters Crawley RH11 7XX, UK

Virtu - Combines the best of solar thermal and photovoltaic to provide heat and power from minimal space.

Virtu is an evacuated tube PVT (Photovoltaic Thermal hybrid) collector offering a high-energy density solution for the built environment, ideally suited to commercial flat roofs.

Virtu represents a whole new category of solar technology enabling businesses and organisations around the world to lower operating costs and produce substantially more sustainable, on-site energy from the space available. VirtuPVT is a high energy density solution providing combined solar heat and power in a single elegant product. The flexible, attractive design allows for rooftop, ground and building façade installation. VirtuPVT benefits from a unique modular design, generating both solar heat and power from the available space. Using the same collector for combined heat and power production means reduced cost of materials and installation, improving returns and enhancing asset values. Some applications, such as solar cooling, require much higher output temperatures, addressed by the complementary range of VirtuHOT solar collectors, using the same design architecture and high-performance vacuum technology.

Key features

  • When combined with appropriate storage solutions Virtu can completely eliminate CO2 emissions from heating
  • The amount of electricity generated will be similar to conventional PV
  • Compared to PV, Virtu demonstrates up to 300% better CO2 offset


  • Payback ranges from less than 3 years to 8 years
  • Compared to PV, Virtu demonstrates at least 50% better cost savings

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  • Medium and large scale commercialization
  • Small scale commercialization
  • Initial market commercialization
  • Prototype testing in the real world
  • Prototype testing 1:1 in the lab

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