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Virtu

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

April 2020
Gallery Virtu 1
Gallery Virtu 1
01.

Identification

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.

Label Date April 2020
From United Kingdom
Maturity stage Small scale commercialization
Looking For Customers ; Partners ; Installers ; Policy makers ;

Sectors - Value chain - Application

Sectors
Applications
Package & Distribute
Use & Efficiency
Valorize & Restore
Value Chain Steps
02.

The environmental benefits

  • 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
03.

The Financial benefits

  • Payback ranges from less than 3 years to 8 years
  • Compared to PV, Virtu demonstrates at least 50% better cost savings
04.

Activity Region

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  • Activity
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Implementation Stories

Virtu by Naked Energy Limited
Implemented by The Oxfordshire Municipality in Oxford (United Kingdom) in 2023

The Oxfordshire Municipality commissioned Naked Energy to install 495 VirtuHOT HD tubes at their Woodgreen leisure center in 2022. The installation was used to directly replace natural gas to heat the outdoor swimming pool (50m x 20m) during the swimming season from April to September. The rest of the year, the installation provides domestic hot water for showers and space heating for the entire leisure center. The installation will generate 122,475 kWh thermal.

Result

Saving 22.55 t of co2 every year & £17,000/year in energy bills compared to gas

06.

Company Profile

Naked Energy Limited

Naked Energy is a British engineering, design and innovation business redefining solar with Virtu.

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Headquarters Crawley RH11 7XX, UK
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