Thermofluidics was one of two successful competitors in a “Small Business Research Initiative” (SBRI) joint call by the England Environment Agency and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), for renewable pumping systems.
Thermofluidics answered the call with a proposed computer-controlled variant of our NIFTE pumping technology, with separate evaporator and condenser and timed solenoid valves. We call this our Large Volume “Valved” Pumping Engine. Phase 1 of the project assessed the technical and economic feasibility of this approach on a 40L/s scale using waste heat or very low-cost solar thermal collectors as a heat source. This phase was successfully completed early in 2013. Now in phase 2, the design of a 1/10th scale prototype is complete and the manufacture of key components of this is now underway.