Naked Energy Ltd formed a couple of years ago to develop a suite of solar technologies and won early acclaim recognised through a Shell Award. It was through this that they were introduced to Imperial.
The Virtu module is a game-changing solar product providing a compact very high efficiency solar solution for domestic and commercial applications"
Professorial Lead In Engineering Design, Department of Mechanical Engineering
One of their products, Virtu, is a hybrid PVT solar device that produces both electrical and thermal power from a single module. Over the last year and a half, Imperial has been working with naked Energy testing components and analysing the data arising.
Work has been funded directly by Naked Energy but as the relationship has developed a few bids to funding agencies have been successful enabling supplementary funding for the on-going activities. This has produced valuable data for the company as it secures its IP and seeks development funding.
Naked Energy is now taking one of their designs towards production for pilot projects with Sainsbury’s and British gas