SolaCatcher

SolaCatcher is a new revolutionary, cost effective, solar water heating system, pioneered by researchers at the Ulster University & Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST).

The SolaCatcher patented system is designed specifically for pre-heating domestic water, is easily installed and has the potential to improve on the cost-effectiveness of traditional forms of solar water heating already in use. The principle of the technology has been proven through outdoor testing at CST facilities.

The principle of the technology has been proven through outdoor testing at CST facilities.


The Technology

The SolaCatcher works by collecting solar radiation incident on the exposed absorbing surface and transferring the thermal energy into useful stored heat in the inner vessel. The innovative heat transfer mechanism, utilising a combination of phase change technology and low pressure environment, creates a thermal diode operation facilitating optimal collection and heat retention. The SolaCatcher thereby provides useful solar savings by pre-heating the cold water supply feeding domestic hot water appliances.

Technology Transfer

Solacatcher is the first in a series of innovations under development by SolaForm Ltd, a pre-commercialisation spin-out vehicle supported by University’s Office of Innovation and Innovation Ulster Ltd, the university’s commercialisation vehicle.

The team is now seeking partners to further the commercial development of the Solacatcher through licensing and/or a joint venture arrangement.

 


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