Energy firm seeks funding to display new solar system

Larkfleets Solar Steam array. Funding could see its commercial viability demonstrated at a site in Morelos, Mexico.
Larkfleets Solar Steam array. Funding could see its commercial viability demonstrated at a site in Morelos, Mexico.
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Bourne-based Lark Energy is seeking funds to test its new renewable solar thermal system in Mexico.

The ‘solar steam’ technology concentrates the power of the sun’s rays to heat water to create steam that can be used in industrial processes.

The firm, which has just been granted patents for the technology, is seeking financial help for the three year test and demonstration project that will cost £800,000.

It has made its application for funding to the Mexico-UK Collaborative Industrial Research and Development Programme.

If the request is successful, demonstration of solar steam will be carried out at a site in Morelos in Mexico.

Lark Energy will contribute £160,000 to the total costs.

Simone Perini, renewable energy development engineer at Lark Energy, said: “Solar steam builds on existing ideas about using solar radiation to generate heat and takes them a step further.

“We are taking this technology to a wider market where we believe it will have a positive impact on the generation of sustainable and renewable heat.

“To show this we are collaborating with academic, commercial and international funding partners to deliver a demonstration installation in Mexico.”

The system works by focusing the sun’s rays through a lens array onto a tube containing water. The water is heated to create steam to be used in industrial processes.