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A small UK company has developed and successfully commercialised a highly efficient low voltage water pump suitable for high temperatures. They will now test it in the solar thermal market. The advantages will be that the position of the tank and the collector, and the length of the pipework become very flexible. Installers and manufacturers are sought in Southern Europe, for testing followed by long term commercial collaboration.
A small UK company has developed and successfully commercialised a highly efficient low voltage water pump suitable for high temperatures. The main application is boosting pressure in taps and showers in bathrooms.
The current UK sales of the pump are good and the company is exploring a different segment now, which is solar thermal. A modification of the pump is being finalised that not only will tolerate very high temperatures, it will pass gross solids though the pump, and also through its automatic on-demand switch.
Manufacturers, installers, and distributors of solar siphons are sought primarily in Southern Europe to install and or monitor multiple test sites.
The solar siphons on the market are refreshingly simple designs and provide hot water for showers and other applications by gravitation. This means that the header tank needs to be higher than the point of consumption. Quite frequently, people need to install independent structures on or next to their house to support the cylinder (such as the one in the Picture). They may have to compromise and get very little pressure on the higher floors.
With the new pump under development, the distance and head between the header-tank and consumer take off becomes almost irrelevant as the pressure is boosted immediately before the shower or tap. The pump is very small, low noise, very simple to fit, and low cost. It can be run from a transformer or battery or a renewable source. Its current track record proves a long lifetime with minimal failures with 85 degrees potable water. The soon-to-be-launched version is designed to have a long life at +100 degrees.
The intention of the UK company is to include Southern European manufacturers or installers as subcontractors in a future SME Instrument proposal, or find different funding. This is a new market application of an existing technology which was granted a patent in 2012. As the expected success rate is very high, the first test sites will naturally lead to a long term relationship and localisation for the surrounding regions or countries.
Furthermore, the company has additional development in the pipeline to offer a solution to almost every imaginable solar thermal requirement based on the simplicity of solar siphons, in multi-storey buildings, and industrial environment.
The new pump will allow for good pressure in multiple consumption points at different heights.
The new pump will allow for new configurations so that the position of the collector, cylinder and storage tank is no longer crucial. Solar thermal installations can be made on objects with limited roof space, or long and complex pipework.
Patent granted in the UK with a view to extension in the developed world.
Southern European manufacturers or installers of solar thermal siphon systems.
The partners will collaborate with installing and monitoring test sites with European or other funding. It is likely to lead to a long term commercial relationship (distributorship) including localisation for the surrounding regions or countries.