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CASE STUDY: Solar - Thermal Energy

With the decarbonisation of heat energy a priority for governments, solar thermal panels provide a way to convert the sun’s free energy into usable heat for the home or building, and to help fight global warming. However, in countries experiencing freezing temperatures, existing solutions are complex and costly as they must be protected against freezing.

Over several years, Heriot-Watt University’s Energy Academy has been working with Scottish start-up Soltropy Limited to develop new and patented technology that allows the system to freeze without damage.

Download the Case Study on Dr Tadhg O'Donovan's work with Soltropy Ltd here

In 2016, the collaboration was acknowledged at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards organised by Interface through the award of the best Sustained Partnership between a University and Business in Scotland in recognition of his strong support and drive of the partnership since 2013.  


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