Energie, the Portuguese solar thermal manufacturer, is offering its thermodynamic range of solar modules in Scotland and across the rest of the UK, thanks to a partnership with Scottish renewable specialists, Solar Electricity Systems.

The innovative thermodynamic modules use no glass, weigh less than 8kg and are capable of heating water 365 days a year due to the circulation of an ecological fluid at a negative temperature which means that the temperature gradient caused by external atmospheric agents causes the fluid to evaporate into gas – the gas is then sucked up by the compressor. The heat generated during the compression process is then used to heat water.  

Solar Electricity Systems, based in Glasgow, will be the sole distributor of Energie’s thermodynamic modules in Scotland.  Jim Kirkland, Managing Director, said: “All the signs are that thermodynamic panels will be a game-changing technology and we anticipate a surge in demand among installers. The advantages for people in the trade which the new panels have over existing systems are quite remarkable. They are compact and light, making them easy to handle, transport and store.

Kirkland added: “Installation is a different ball game altogether, since the panels  don't have to fitted on to a south-facing, sloping roof, with all the scaffolding and working at height regulation requirements which that entails. Instead they can be easily fitted onto an outside wall, or even a garage wall. The installer can liaise with the customer on the most effective and least obtrusive position for the panels to be placed.”

Kirkland is extremely confident in the future of thermodynamic panels in the UK, stating: “Once the professional renewables community makes the energy-consuming public aware of the outstanding advantages of thermodynamic systems, we anticipate a rapidly increasing and wholly sustainable demand.”

An Energie spokesperson, from its Portuguese headquarters, said: “We are a long established family firm with strong customer service values and we are delighted to have been able to complete a distribution agreement with Solar Electricity Systems, which shares our values.

“This deal will allow Solar Electricity Systems to pioneer the future of domestic water heating in the UK and make a revolutionary, super-efficient and 100 percent green product available to trade customers and consumers alike.”

The video below explains how thermodynamic hot water systems work in more detail: