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Press release: “Naked Energy completes funding round to support commercial launch of Virtu – the most efficient hybrid solar panel in the world”

July 26th, 2018

 

LONDON (July 2018)  Virtu, the world’s most efficient solar PV and thermal (PVT) panel for roof tops is one step closer to commercialisation unlocking the economic and climate impact it was designed to support — zero-carbon buildings on a global scale.

 

Naked Energy has successfully closed its funding round to help meet fast- growing demand for their patented solar thermal technology.

 

The breakthrough solar thermal technology is housed within a vacuum tube to reduce thermal losses, capturing more heat for use within buildings while also drawing heat away from PV cells, creating an environment that maximises electrical output.

The hybrid system puts an end to the need for separate solar thermal and solar PV installations on flat roof tops, by offering an ultra compact alternative that generates both heat and power with world-leading efficiency, shorter payback and higher ROI.

 

New investment totalling £1.1m has been secured from existing shareholders and private investors.  The fundraising was led by specialist advisers Capella Partners and EthicalFin, and supported through the Syndicate Room investment platform.

 

The lead investor, Berian Global Invest AG, is the venture investment arm of a European family office having extensive interests in real estate development and management, hotels & hospitality, brewing and industrials.

 

A spokesperson for Berian, commented:

 

“The investment in Naked Energy is an obvious strategic fit for us.  All of the buildings operated by the wider group require significant heating, cooling and electricity which represent a major operating cost.  Virtu reduces the current operating cost and insulates the business from future energy price increases.  Furthermore, it will do so in a clean and sustainable way that aligns with our core values and can exceed the standards being defined in emerging regulations regarding improved building efficiency and reduced carbon footprint.  As the technology can help our organisation, we are confident it can do the same for a vast number of others in the global market.”

 

Christophe Williams, Managing Director of Naked Energy, confirmed:

 

“We are delighted to have completed our current funding round and look forward to an exciting new chapter.  The new investment will support the long anticipated commercial launch of Virtu.  Scale production can now start in earnest with the first important step of independent certification of the technology.  We are expanding our team and looking forward to entering into strategic international partnerships for the distribution of Virtu to end customers globally.  The first reference projects will be completed over the summer as we start to address the significant pipeline of interest.”

 

Alessandro Mele, Founder & CEO of EthicalFin, added:

 

“Right away, we saw a lot of potential in Naked Energy’s dedicated team, high energy density technology and global scale up opportunity. Our due diligence confirmed this initial perception and strong synergies emerged within the extended team. Consistent with our business model, our holding company Pommes D’Or Family Office invested in the round.”

 

~ENDS~

 

Contact details:

 

Christophe Williams

c.williams@nakedenergy.co.uk

 

PRESS KIT

 

 

About Naked Energy: Naked Energy Ltd is an award winning British product design company specialising in solar technology.  The company is redefining solar energy with ‘Virtu’ a revolutionary and patented hybrid solar collector that generates both heat and power for commercial and industrial applications.

 

About Syndicate Room: Launched in September 2013, SyndicateRoom is an online investment platform which has helped 120+ early-stage UK businesses secure more than £117 million in funding through its investor-led equity crowdfunding model. The company has over 35,000 high-net-worth angel investors using its platform.

 

About EthicalFin: An impact investment group operating through EthicalFin LTD, a London based, FCA regulated impact investment advisory firm and EthicalFin NPL S.r.l., a Rome based debt collection agency regulated by the Italian law. Controlled by Pommes d’Or, a Family Office committed to promoting sustainability, EthicalFin is putting people and values at the core of its activities. Its corporate finance services are dedicated to visionary and socially motivated and environmentally friendly entrepreneurs. EthicalFin partners with its clients and complements their skills and expertise in order to promote sustainable growth strategies and assist with the raising of capital from like-minded investors.

 

About Capella: Capella Partners is trusted by global family offices & private investors to originate and manage their investments in technologies that solve high-value problems. Capella’s team comprises alums from MIT, Stanford, Harvard and ETH, including multi-time successful entrepreneurs and prolific inventors of high-impact technology. With a focus on the value of strong intellectual property – the core asset of all deep-technology companies – Capella selects investments by first assessing the full range of solutions available for a given industry problem, and funding & supporting only those with the greatest technological advantages, IP protection, product-market fit and economic potential. As a higher-touch alternative to investing in VC funds, Capella’s clients make direct investments in technology companies, allowing them to maintain control of capital and maximize the opportunity to create strategic value for their portfolio. Capella is licensed by the SEC and serves its global client-base from offices in Switzerland and the US with investment strategy, research, origination, diligence, and portfolio management services.

 

Tags: Naked Energy, Virtu, solar thermal, solar PVT, combined heat and power, hybrid solar

‘Virtu’ part of a suite of pioneering technologies at the Active Office at Specific

June 19th, 2018

Naked Energy is proud to be part of the Active Office, which will be the UK’s first energy positive office – designed to generate more solar energy than it needs over the annual cycle.

 

 

 

Located at Swansea University’s Bay Campus, the Active Office will be manufactured using cutting edge off-site manufacturing techniques and incorporate a range of innovative technologies to generate, store and release solar energy.

 

Virtu has been integrated in to the vertical South facing facade to optimise winter yield for space heating, whilst simultaneously producing electricity.  Virtu utilises vacuum technology to improve thermal performance throughout the yield and is especially effective in temperate climates like the UK.  This project represents the first public project for the company.

 

The building will be linked to, and able to share energy with, the Active Classroom. The UK’s first energy positive classroom was completed in autumn 2016 and has been operating for a year.

 

Together the solar-powered buildings provide functional teaching and office spaces, as well as building-scale development facilities for SPECIFIC Innovation & Knowledge Centre and its industry partners.

 

 

Key features of the Active Office

  1. The UK’s first energy positive office– with the energy profile of an occupied office
  2. A unique combination of technologies for the generation, storage and release of solar energy – both heat and electricity
  3. Repeatable design
  4. Connected– it will be connected to the Active Classroom, and able to share energy between the buildings and with electric vehicles – demonstrating how the design concept can support energy resilient communities
 

 

Here’s an excellent Blog link for the project  http://specific.eu.com/blogging-the-active-office-build/

 

The project is lead by SPECIFIC Innovation & Knowledge Centre and has been funded by Swansea University, Innovate UK  & ERDF

 

 

 

 

£320 million fund to support new district heating projects

April 11th, 2018

 

The UK government has just launched a £320 million fund to support new district heating projects underlining its commitment to decarbonising heat.  It should come as no surprise that this sort of initiative is a crucial part of the Clean Growth Strategy.  To be eligible for support projects would need to see 50% renewable heat.

 

The UK is a long way behind other EU nations in its efforts.  This is largely due to the historic availability of cheap North Sea gas that replaced coal as the primary heating source for homes and businesses (and for the generation of electricity).  Denmark did not have access to such cheap energy and was forced to find more innovative approaches – better insulated buildings, early adoption of wind energy and utilising district heat networks.  Over time Denmark has incorporated more and more solar thermal into its heating networks to the point that it now leads the world.  The Danes are targeting 100% renewable energy by 2050 (and they are well on track!).

 

Generating both heat and power from the same area makes a lot of sense in the context of expensive roof top installations for distributed heating solutions.  However, it makes an even better business case in the context of solar thermal district heating solutions where the value and availability of land must be taken into consideration.  One of the most ambitious projects to date will see the city of Graz in Austria moving to a huge 400MW solar thermal solution to achieve 30% of its annual heating and hot water demand.

 

Naturally we at Naked Energy welcome all of the developments in this area and look forward to collaborating on new district heating projects where Virtu’s unique combination of high efficiency thermal output with electricity from PV will differentiate us from the competition.

 

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