To help companies reduce their energy costs, the Belfast-based startup 'Senergy' has created solar panels that heat and cool the building they sit on top of. This means that all of the energy generated by the panels stay within the building and allow it to operate off-grid. With many buildings using the majority of their energy simply for the purpose of heating and cooling the interior, these solar panels could help to eliminate a costly expense.
Senergy solar thermal panels are designed to heat water, which is subsequently used to heat the building's interior. In order to cool the building, the panels work to absorb heat and then a heat exchange converts refrigerant liquid into gas. This highly efficient system is completely free of carbon emissions and produces a total of "three times more kilowatts of energy per square metre than photovoltaic tech."
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