Thermofluidics will be creating two new positions within the team based at Oxford over the coming months. We are looking for an Experimental Technician and a Production Engineer to help us to accelerate our product development. Please contact us for more information or to apply.
Thermofluidics engineers have begun working with Wilo to assemble and commission two NIFTE Version 1.3 solar-thermal pumps at Wilo’s production facilities in Pune and Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India. Cai Williams and Tom Smith spent two weeks with the Wilo team and successfully handed over the equipment to begin controlled trials.
Manufacture of the first set of NIFTE Version 1.3 pumps is complete and Thermofluidics are preparing to ship the pumps for controlled trials with partners in India and Kenya. The latest design is an evolution of our core concentric geometry with improvements to material specifications and assembly details.
Thermofluidics welcomes Ben Cartwright as our new Head of Operations. Ben has a background in civil engineering and water management and has worked for NGOs in Afghanistan and Sudan. His primary role will be to will support the delivery of the Wellcome Trust Translation Award deliverables.
Thermofluidics is pleased to announce that we have received a Translation Award from the Wellcome Trust. This award, totalling £3M over 42 months will fund three prototype iterations and two rounds of field trials of modular low and high-head pumps, based on our proprietary NIFTE and DAHR technologies, across India and Kenya and enable the development of a complete set of production drawings in preparation for tooling and pilot commercial launch.
Thermofluidics welcomes Cai Williams into our Field Engineer role. Cai will be using his background in agricultural and mechanical engineering and borehole drilling in Malawi to help develop and trial Thermofluidics’ technology for smallholder farmers.
The NIFTE and DAHR are coupled for the first time, and proven capable of raising water over 10m and providing a further 14m of surface head in our test well near Tiverton, Devon, U.K.
The NIFTE and SAHR are coupled for the first time, and proven capable of raising water over 12m using low-pressure steam as a working fluid, in a stairwell in the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford.
The key power module and the flow-separator module of Thermofluidics’ large-volume valved pumping engine are couples and working together at our U.K. test site in Devon.
The NIFTE and DAHR are coupled for the first time, and proven capable of raising water over 12m using low-pressure steam as a working fluid, in our U.K. test well in Devon
Thermofluidics announces the Single ‘Acting Hydraulic Ram (SAHR) pump’ a modified version of the DAHR for lift-only applications and narrow boreholes.
Thermofluidics demonstrates improved 30W NIFTE output with a solar heat source at our test site in Southern France.
The cylinder head, power cylinder and driver hardware and software components of our large volume valved pumping engine are assembled into a single ‘power module’ and successfully tested in Cambridge, U.K
Condenser tests are successfully completed for our valved solar-powered pumping engine.
Thermofluidics commissions production of solenoid valve diaphragms with trade partner Nymet (South Australia) for our valved solar-powered pumping engine.
Thermofluidics’ double-concentric NIFTE delivers 1920L/h at 8m head (equivalent to 42W of hydraulic power after losses and approximately 50W brake power) with 2700W of heat at 80ºC. This is almost twice our interim-deliverable for January 2014 for our Wellcome Trust Translation Award.
Thermofluidics’ single-concentric NIFTE delivers 810L/h at 7m head (equivalent to 15.5W hydraulic power after losses and approximately 21W brake power) with around 1000W of heat input at 90ºC.
Thermofluidics’ high-head ‘modified-concentric’ NIFTE prototype is completed as assembly work begins on our modular plate-heat-exchanger NIFTE prototype – aimed at a modular solution that will beat our interim target for the Wellcome Trust.
Thermofluidics announces the Single-Acting Hydraulic Ram (SAHR) pump – a derivative of the DAHR pump optimised for deep-well water lifting where little or no additional surface pressure is required.
Thermofluidics announces the successful implementation of a ‘nifting valve’ into its DAHR technology, providing a complete long-term solution to deep well water lifting with low pressure oscillating power sources without sliding seals.