SunCycle moves to a new location

A location suited for a growing SunCycle

SunCycle R&D, admin and sales departments have been moved to a new and bigger location. The new offices at the Meerenakkerplein 9 in Eindhoven are better suited to enable SunCycle the growth and development it currently experiences.

The move marks another milestone in SunCycle’s ambitions and comes hot on the heels of the decision to expand its production and implement new developments in its technology.

Moving to a bigger and more conducive location will enable SunCycle to further its growth. It will also assist in better informing the market about the possibilities and solutions the SunCycle Concentrated Photovoltaic technology provides to both residential and commercial property owners.

The SunCycle CPV technology with built-in tracking system enables property owners and facility managers to generate electricity and thermal energy at higher system efficiency. Cost of electricity is also better levelized.

SynCycle’s CPV technology typically provides a solution for home-owners, hotels, golf clubs, hospitals or schools in areas with sun activity is above-average.

The Concentrated Photovoltaic technology is unique and has been patented and registered in Europe, the Middle-East, Oceania and Central, South as well as North America.

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Efficiency SunCycle surpasses any known technology

SunCycle Technology solution outdoes PV technology

The Solar Energy Application Centre (SEAC) has concluded that the SunCycle concept for generating electrical and thermal comfort can be considered as being the most efficient technology.

The SunCycle concept achieved a concentration factor that exceeded 500, enabling SunCycle to use a considerably smaller cell surface than is required in a standard PV system.

The research study consisted of four different modules.

The first module studied the thermal and electrical performance as well as its operational functionality.

The second module focused on the techno-financial feasibility while the third module focussed at the effect of a inhomogeneous radiation, angle and spectrum on the III-V cell.

The fourth and final module considered a new approach to this cell. It looked at the cell, its cooling block as well as the wiring. As a result several components have been redesigned and further optimised.

SunCycle improves its concept

Knowledge acquired now implemented

SunCycle has used the mid-term feedback from SEAC to improve its technology. The Solar Energy Application Centre (SEAC) is currently testing a SunCycle prototype at its Technical University campus in Eindhoven.

SEAC recently delivered its interim results. ‘Those results were very promising,’ says Joost Verhoeks of SunCycle. ‘Once our engineers studied the data we identified several areas where we could use the feedback to achieve further improvement of the total out.’ One of the improvements SunCycle has made is adding secondary optics to its system. ‘We have also redesigned several components of our system as well as our software. We expect this to result in a better functionality.’

The new unit will be delivered to SEAC later this week. Once installed SEAC will, together with Radboud University, continue its tests. Final results of the study will be expected in early 2017.

SunCycle nominated for Dutch Solar Awards

New approach to thermal and electrical comfort is well-received

At the recent Dutch Solar Awards event, Suncycle was nominated for the industry’s project Development Award. The Dutch Solar Awards is a national competition for solar companies and experts from the Netherlands and aims to attract attention for the solar power industry. A total of five prizes are awarded: Leading Innovation Award, Project Development Award, Project Development Award, Best Realized Solar Energy Project, Most Promising Solar Start-up, and Solar Award for Best Thesis.

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SEAC study delivers first results

SunCycle shows promising results

Prelimary results of the SEAC study show that the SunCycle concept for generating energy and thermal comfort achieves results that surpass the output achieved by any other technology.

The prelimary results were submitted to SunCycle earlier this month. ‘We have studied the results extensively but all in all we can say that the outcome looks very promising,’ says Joost Verhoeks of SunCycle.

‘The study by the Solar Energy Application Centre (SEAC) is important to us as the study is conducted by independent and well-experienced engineers. They know exactly what to look for and how to interpret the data.’

The SunCycle concept is fundamentally different from any other solution that currently uses the sun as an energy source. The SunCycle unit is a static unit consisting of 20 modules that each has a prism and mirror. These prisms and mirrors rotate individually when following the sun. The prism and mirror direct solar radiation onto a micro cell which, in turn, converts the solar radiation into energy. To achieve optimum output by the cell, a mixture of water with glycol is used to cool down the microchip. In turn this water can be used to generating thermal comfort.

Based on the mid-term results, SunCycle will adjust its system to achieve maximum result. These adjustments will be tested too, before a final report on the SunCycle technology will be delivered early 2017.

SunCycle technology feasibility put to the test

First module to be put to the text

SunCycle has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to have its technology tested by the Solar Energy Application Centre (SEAC) in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Together with Radboud University, SEAC will test one SunCycle unit to determine how effective the new approach to generating energy and heating up water really is.

The SunCycle concept makes use of multiple dishes that each has been fitted with a lens and mirror to direct solar radiation onto a small but highly efficient solar cell. The prism and mirror rotate individually while tracking the sun.

The research partners intend to determine:

  • How effective the cell really is and what is required to achieve optimum output by the cell.
  • The thermal performance of one unit

SunCycle will now start producing its first unit that will be used for this study. The final results of the study are expected to be available from early 2017.