More comfort for soldiers stationed on Aruba

Facilities of the Netherlands armed forces based on Aruba in the Caribbean, will soon be powered by energy generated through a SunCycle SUS.  The over 500 personnel stationed at the base will also benefit from the thermal comfort the unit provides.

The first SunCycle SUS unit for the base in the Caribbean was shipped mid-December 2017.

The Dutch armed forces in the Caribbean are tasked with protecting the borders of the various islands that are part of the Dutch Kingdom. They also support civil authorities by maintaining the (inter)national rule of law like, for example, combatting the drug trade. While the sunny conditions are well-received by the thousands of tourists that flock the island every year, the working conditions can be very demanding for personnel that often operates in extreme conditions.

The SunCycle SUS will provide enough thermal and electrical comfort for several facilities.

The Dutch armed forces are eager to use and understand the SunCycle technology. In a drive to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels by at least 20% of what was used in 2010, by 2030, the SunCycle SUS has been identified as a viable and safe alternative to produce electricity and thermal comfort.

The latter is very important to the Dutch armed forces as they are well aware that 1 in 8 soldiers killed or wounded in Iraq between 2003 and 2007 were killed or wounded while protecting fuel convoys.

The SunCycle SUS unit for the Dutch base on Aruba will be installed in the coming weeks. Once switched on, the SunCycle SUS will immediately start making a difference.


2018 Will make SunCycle shine

With units on their way to the Caribbean, several units in production for a client in Spain and interest in the SunCycle technology shown by prospects in countries from as far as the Far East, it is fair to anticipate that 2018 will make SunCycle shine!

As we are only 4 weeks into the new year, it is still early to say what 2018 will have in stock for us but if recent developments are anything to go by, one wouldn’t be blamed to think that 2018 will mark the start of a new era.

We anticipate having our production capacity on full steam by the second quarter of this year. Once that has become reality the simultaneous supply of affordable electricity and thermal comfort for offices, homes, corporate facilities or (emergency) medical facilities in both rural and urban areas, will never be the same again.

During 2017 our engineers managed to fine-tune the system and our latest tests show that the SunCycle SUS is capable of simultaneously delivering 1260 kWh thermal comfort and 1000 kWh electricity. These yields exceed those delivered by solar PV commonly used to convert solar radiation to energy.

The SunCycle SUS manages to do so as it concentrates solar radiation and directs all solar radiation onto a small chip. This chip receives the solar radiation more than 500 times the original intensity. Here it converts the radiation to electrical and thermal energy. Connected to a heat exchanger, heat contained in the fluid can be used to provide thermal comfort without the need for additional electricity.

Upgrades that were implemented in the original design in 2017 have made the SunCycle SUS also become a viable solution for providing electrical and thermal comfort in countries that experiences less intense sun shine. This includes countries like the Netherlands and Germany.

While our installation team is gearing up to soon start installing units in the Caribbean and Spain, our production team is getting ready to increase capacity by the second quarter of this year. We have no doubt that in 2018 the SunCycle SUS will become the electrical and thermal comfort provider of choice for hotels, offices, schools, hospitals and houses all over the world.

Housewarming well attended

Several dozen visitors took the opportunity to visit the SunCycle offices and laboratories on 2 October. They had the unique opportunity to familiarize themselves with the latest developments.

The day was a perfect opportunity for people to get a sneak-preview of what they can expect. After years of developing and fine-tuning the SunCycle SUS technology is about to enter the market. Once the first SunCycle SUS will become commercially available, providing thermal and electrical comfort for houses and commercial properties will never be the same again.

Field studies have already proven that the SunCycle SUS has the highest efficiency per m2.

Many investors, fellow-inventors, suppliers and specialists in the field of using thermal energy to provide comfort visited the SunCycle offices during the open day. After they had been introduced to the technology and briefed about the latest developments, attendees were divided into smaller groups that were taken around the premises. Each group had the opportunity to see a SunCycle SUS system live in action.

The tours were received well with many people asking additional questions about the technology and its yield. With the day concluded, our next milestone will be revealing our testing unit that is currently being installed in France. Knowledge obtained from this unit will be vital to fine-tune the system before we can start producing the SunCycle technology to start supplying the market.

SunCycle tracking system further optimized

A research project that studied the SunCycle tracking system which is used to maximise the gains from the sun, has resulted in an improved calibration of the tracking system.

SunCycle had the study conducted by an engineering student. ‘Students always have new and innovative opinions and ideas. Their line of thinking is not influenced yet by established thinkers, nor is it contaminated with other experiences. That is why we always have positions available for students who have proven to be innovative and eager to improve without being afraid of deviating from existing opinions or beaten tracks,’ explains Joost Verhoeks of SunCycle Technology.

Patented solar tracking system

Student Stefan Teley studied the calibration of the SunCycle tracking system for the past six months. ‘Thanks to the improvements he suggested SunCycle now manages to maximise the energy generated during the time the system is operational,’ Verhoeks continues.

The patented static SunCycle solar tracking system tracks the sun by rotating its prism and mirror. The solar rays are captured by the special prism and directed towards the high-yield solar cell. This cell experiences a solar concentration that is 500 times more intense than normal solar radiation.

For calculating the position of the prism and mirror in the SunCycle system, an algorithm is used that  is based on various parameters. Teley developed a calibration routine for 4 of these parameters. As a result the prism and mirror will now always be positioned in the best possible way no matter how the SunCycle system has been installed. This now enables the system to operate at a maximum power point during the day.

CPV4ALL project partners meet in Spain

Project members of the CPV4ALL project recently met for their 9th General Assembly meeting. The project progress and the planning for the next months for the CPV4ALL were discussed during the meeting.

The members met at the head offices of Andaltec and was attended by representatives from SunCycle, GL Plastics, TNO, Uniresearch, Neways and Radoud University (all from the Netherlands), CEA-INES (France) and Bühler Leybold Optics (Germany).

The aim of this meeting was revising the advances reached on this project, which is already in a highly advanced development stage. One of the main points in the agenda was the kickoff of the dissemination activities to be carried out in the following months. Rami Boutassghount, the main researcher for Andaltec in this project, explained that the consortium agreed to have the first prototypes ready before the summer break. He also conveyed his satisfaction towards the good results achieved so far.

The SunCycle SUS

The SunCycle SUS is a direct result of this international research partnership. The SunCycle SUS allows for maximum exploitation of the solar energy without the need for a gigantic tracking system. It is fitted with an innovative smart built-in tracking and concentrating system that consists of two stepper motors. These motors are guided by specifically designed software. This approach makes the SunCycle SUS highly effective while the production costs of each unit will eventually be less than that of other solutions combining the generation of electrical and thermal energy.

‘This project is committed to support the European encouragement for renewable energies. In this field, there is still a long way to go until people can enjoy more affordable equipment, which should also be more efficient to make the most of our sun’s great energy potential’, Rami Boutassghount asserts.

New website goes live

The new SunCycle website has gone live. With productivity of our system now at full speed, the new website is the next step to update the market about the progress made.

As the first SunCycle units are currently rolling out of our factory in the Netherlands, SunCycle Technology is ready to conquer the world. The solution to provide electrical and thermal comfort to both business and residential units received full backing by the shareholders earlier this year. This support came on the back on a study conducted by the Solar Energy Application Centre (SEAC) which showed that the SunCycle approach is cheaper and more successful than PV solutions currently in use.

The new website will offer additional insights in our organisation and technology. It also includes the latest news updates about new achievements made. Have a look:

SunCycle adds new members to its management team

Growth projected requires larger management team

SunCycle has added several new members to its management team. As SunCycle is expecting to introduce its latest ‘SUS energizing solar power system’ before the summer of 2017, additional specialists have been appointed to enable a smooth roll out of this latest energy and thermal comfort generating system.

The SUS Energizing solar power system converts solar radiation to electricity while water used to maximise the efficiency of the system, can be used to warm up or cool down rooms or facilities.

As the SUS Energizing solar power system has the highest efficiency in converting solar power to energy of any technology currently in use, SunCycle management recognised the need for expanding its marketing and communications capabilities. ‘Tests and studies have confirmed the efficiency of our latest system while its ability to deliver is undisputed,’ SunCycle CEO Peter Penning says. ‘Our biggest challenge will be educating the world and informing possible users about the abilities of the system hence we saw a need to expand our marketing and communications team.’

An additional three people have now been added to the SunCycle marketing and communications team. ‘It is a big step to take but I am confident that, by making this investment, our global sales network will receive the full support it deserve to market out technology, and the SUS energizing solar power system in particular.

Investors delighted with progress booked

Full support for plan market introduction SUS

The SunCycle management plan for the introduction of its ‘SUS energizing solar power system’ has received full support and approval from the company’s investors. SunCycle CEO Peter Pennings received a standing ovation at the company’s AGM after he revealed how the company is planning to bring its latest solar energy technology to the market.

The SunCycle AGM was attended by shareholders from as far as Canada and Jordan. ‘We have been fine-tuning our plans for introducing the SunCycle SUS energizing solar power system for a long time,’ SunCycle CEO Peter Penning said. ‘The system uses ground breaking technology to generate electrical and thermal comfort. Due to external factors we were forced on several occasions to adapt and adjust our plans. This caused some confusion by our investors and doubts by several parties who had been monitoring our process closely. However, SunCycle management never lost confidence in our ability to solve pertinent issues and it makes me extremely proud and happy that we have now received the full support and backing to continue our roll-out plan,’ Penning adds.

The SUS Energizing solar power system converts solar radiation to electricity while water used to maximise the efficiency of the system, can be used to warm up or cool down rooms or facilities.

Getting the organisation ready for the next stage

SunCycle recently increased its research and development capacity while the sales and administration team moved to a new and bigger location. ‘As we anticipated the approval we have already started preparing our organisation for the workload we expect to come.’ With plans and finances approved, SunCycle is currently finalizing arrangements with its suppliers before production will commence. The first ‘SUS energizing solar power systems’ are expected to be installed before the start of the summer of 2017.

SunCycle receives its first unit


The SunCycle Module: core of the SUS

GL Plastic has handed over the first SUM to SunCycle. The SUM will form the core of the latest electrical and thermal energy producing system SunCycle will introduce in the spring of 2017.

The SUM is an approximately 50 cm diameter dish which will capture solar radiation throughout the day. 20 SUM disks will be used to assemble a ‘SUS energizing solar power system’. The system converts the solar radiation to energy while water that is used to maximise the efficiency, can be used to heat up or cool down rooms or facilities.

The most efficient solar energy system

Once available, the SUS energizing solar power system will be the most efficient solar energy system available. ‘One SUM is capable of delivering 50 Wpe and 62 Wpth. Due to the nature of the technology we use, the delivered energy both thermal as well as electrical, is decreasing far less than PV and PVT systems produce when the cell temperature increases,’ SunCylce CEO Peter Penning explains. ‘The electrical efficiency of PV cells typically decreases approximately 5% for every 10°C where the electrical efficiency of HCPVT typically decreases 0.5% for every 10°C.’

Assembled from moulded plastic: robust and environmental friendly

The SUM modules are produced by GL Plastic. ‘Having our system assembled from moulded plastic will make the SunCycle system much more robust and environmental friendly than any other system available,’ Penning continues. ‘The environmental friendliness of systems is becoming an important issue in established societies. Using robust components for our entire system will also allow for using the SunCycle SUS energizing solar power system in harsh and remote areas that, thus far, haven’t been connected to the grid.’