The latest innovation that we have come across is Granard firm Elite Energy importing a French made solar panel that makes PV and delivers hot air to the home.
There have been a number of designs trying to do that, but this is the first commercial version, with an Irish installer.
Whats even more intriguing is the Heat Battery – the air heated by putting cold air on the bottom of the PV panel goes to a storage box, changing a substance to a solid form, storing the heat.
When the temperature drops, this melts, and releases the heat.
Thats the theory anyway. How well it works? I don’t know. How much it costs we are trying to find out.
And all from a visionary firm from lovely Longford… and why not!