SunCatch Ltd. – Solar Heating Technology
Catching Sun to Protect the Earth
About the Company:
While energy costs represent a significant percentage of total business expenses, most industries still rely on fossil fuels and electricity, with their costs constantly rising over the last decade. With their technology, SunCatch aims to help their customers increase the energy efficiency and sustainability of their company, reduce operational expenses and reliance on fossil fuels and the grid, reduce environmental impact, and decrease the number of chemicals used for cleaning and sanitization.
About the Solution:
SunCatch develops scalable Concentrated Solar-Thermal technology for various applications that have a low total cost of ownership, low maintenance requirements, and a long lifespan.
Their system provides direct-from-solar thermal energy without conversion. This allows for up to 92% efficiency and can supply up to 100% of the heat and hot water needs. It is a freestanding system that does not add extra load to the existing structures. SunCatch’s technology is considered a stand-alone solution but can be integrated into any current heating system as a primary source of thermal energy or a backup. Self-sustaining control components allow the system to operate autonomously and off-grid. Integrated thermal energy storage secures continuous operation and weather independence. Scalability and modular design allow for easy customization to better suit each customer’s needs. If desired, this technology can be made mobile by being mounted on a trailer.
The development and market introduction of SunCatch’s Concentrating Solar-Thermal Technology is currently supported by the USDA NIFA, SBIR Phase II.
Solution Strengths, Weaknesses and Critical Indicators
NOTE: There are multiple technologies that are used as part of integrated manure management systems and yet are not manure management types on their own. The impact of these technologies on their own would be minimal or very difficult to quantify.
General Support & Other:
- Can be an integral part of many manure management systems
- Most projects have at least some equipment that supports operations of the main technology
- This technology is not evaluated on its own, the NEAT Matrix for this technology is neutral unless utilized with other technologies.
SunCatch has recently been added to the Newtrient catalog. Newtrient will continue to work with SunCatch to further refine the cost and performance information on their solutions. Newtrient will update this entry as more information becomes available and as new commercial dairy installations come online.
1. OPERATIONAL HISTORY