Kingspan Thermomax recently hosted a visit from RMIT University, Melbourne, regarding research they are completing on high temperature solar thermal collectors, a project funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
Dr Cameron Stanley and Dr Ahmad Mojiri from RMIT University have been researching this project for the last two years and received a one-year extension to enable its completion. ARENA are mandated to decrease Australia’s dependence on natural gas for industrial processes and they have identified high temperature solar thermal as a potential technology which could provide the desired solution (Find out more)
The researchers from RMIT completed a global whistle-stop tour of solar thermal manufacturers and suppliers, culminating in their visit to Kingspan Thermomax, a global leaders in solar thermal systems offering trusted renewable water heating solutions including the original evacuated tube collectors as well as flat plate panels. The rational for the University’s visit was to identify current manufacturing processes and available absorber materials to validate the research they have completed over the last 2 years.
Finbarr McCarthy, Technical & Customer Service Manager for Kingspan Thermomax, explains: “It was a very insightful visit, and it is great to hear about potential global developments, and discuss solutions with people from outside the industry. The idea of a robust commercial high temperature solar thermal collector is very attractive, however has proved difficult to realise to date.
He continued: “We would be confident continuing to knowledge share with leading academics from various fields is the right approach to expedite the realisation of a high temperature Thermomax collector.”