Researchers from Brunel University London are developing ready-made solar panels that snap together, in a so-called ‘lego-style’. The ‘PVadapt’ panels work to turn waste heat into hot water and come as part of a £10m sustainable energy scheme starting at the university next week. The scheme, dubbed Project PV, seeks to develop an effective and flexible solar-powered energy system that generates heat and electricity from hot water. Founded by Horizon 2020, the multi-disciplinary project is expected to take three and a half years to complete. The PVadapt panels combine photovoltaic (PV) cells with flat heat pipes, the latter of which work to transfer unwanted heat away from surfaces and are widely deployed in industry to cool electronic devices, used in everything from PCs to the International Space Station.
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