National First prize winner


Next generation Solar Thermal Panels to transform the energy industry


Solar Thermal is a renewable energy that is 70% efficient which far exceeds Solar PV which is only 18% efficient. It also produces the lowest carbon emissions and is easily generated on site and it has the potential to become a reliable source of energy for heating and cooling space in the future. However to date solar thermal energy collection systems made from glass copper and aluminum have been expensive and the initial investment has been cost prohibitive. There have also been challenges around the architecture and appearance of the systems. Senergy Innovations have developed a 100% polymer plastic solar thermal panel that is 50% less expensive to manufacture and install than any panels that currently exist. The Senergy panels benefit from the advantages of the polymer materials and incorporate carbon nanotube materials that enhance the thermal performance and mechanical strength.

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  • 2016 Participant
    Year of participation
  • Urban Transitions
  • Ireland

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  • Christine Boyle CEO Senergy Innovations Dr Aggelos Zacharopoulos Ulster University Centre for Sustainable Technologies

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