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Triple Solar unveils new photovoltaic thermal panel for heat-pump houses

The M3 PVT panel.
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Netherlands-based Triple Solar BV has launched a new photovoltaic thermal (PVT) module for use in rooftop projects on houses equipped with water-to-water or PVT heat pumps.

The M3 panel is available in two versions: a device with a size of 2,131×1,055×65 mm and an output of 450 W; and a module with a size of 1,791×1,055×65 mm and a power of 375 W.

Compared to the company’s previous products, the new panel is said to be 10% larger and have a 15% higher output compared to its other products. “We switched to larger half solar cells with more power,” a spokesperson from Triple Solar told pv magazine. “Triple Solar has also developed a new mounting rail that saves installers time during installation.” In the new solution, the mounting clamps are pre-mounted on the mounting rail and the middle clamp profile is removed and replaced by a pre-mounted hook on the rail.

For a heat pump with a capacity of 6 kW, at least six modules covering 16m² would be required. For other capacities, 2.7m² of panels are needed for each kW of the heat pump. Stainless steel or synthetic piping can be used to connect the panel with the heat pump.

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The piping outside the building does not need to be not to be insulated, while in the building it must have a 1.9 mm insulation. The internal diameter of the pipes must be 26 mm for heat pumps with capacity ranging from 6 kW to 8 kW, 32 mm for capacities between 8 kW to 15 kW, 41 mm for a 15 kW-28 configuration kW, and 51 mm for outputs of 28 kW to 50 kW.

The solar module technology used in the panel is provided by Slovenian manufacturer Bisol.

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Source: pv magazine