Technical FAQ

Why is your reference home located in Ireland ?

HONE is about Daylight as the energy source and Nanotechnology as the science, it is not about solar which is only available during sunlight.

 

Most places in the world do not have regular sunlight but everywhere in the world has daylight and the hours of that daylight are known today and in 100 years from now. That’s why Daylight is a real predictable energy source and solar is not.

 

In all of the world, in all of Europe, we chose Kiltimagh in Ireland as a major reference location as it has the lowest light levels in the world.

 

Demonstrating HONE performance in the world’s worst daylight location is proof that the technology will work even better everywhere else.

 

You can read about those light levels HERE.

What THERMAL performance can I expect on a fully dark overcast day?

HONE captures Daylight and this is what makes it so powerful and the world’s most powerful renewable technology.

Here is an example data set from a customer house on 12/07/2018 completely overcast with dark cloud from the location in the world with the lowest amount of annual daylight. Outside air temp was 17C.

HONE weather data

The HONE thermal system (screenshot below) which provides core heat energy into the Heating system and Hot water systems was at 63.8C (Heat Nano-engine) and climbing. This is already hotter than an oil or gas boiler, the energy is completely free and it is happening with complete cloud cover all morning.

 

HONE Live Data

(Screenshot below), the system telemetry showed it hit a high of 70C that day. That energy was 100% free. You can also see the power of carryover with a HONE system regardless of weather, this home has had nothing but FREE energy but the hot water temperature on the charts has never dropped below 58C (shower at 38C) so this home is carrying vast amounts of hot water for baths and showers constantly.

 

 

HONE thermal data

(Screenshot below) You can see the KW and COP verify data for this day and even though light levels are suppressed due to dark cloud cover, it still performs amazingly well. This is performance that legacy solar technologies would struggle to do in this location in direct sunshine. This is why HONE has the highest thermal output ratings.

HONE Heat Engine

 

From the LIVE screenshot above which is available on all HONE Heat, Power & Drive systems, we can see the thermal power rating at 12:56pm was 5.3KW and a COP of 1:428, (see COP explanation on KW & COP in the FAQ). As a HONE system runs all day (always on) as distinct to an oil or gas boiler which runs intermittently, you need to multiply the KW rating of HONE by 4 to get a oil/gas boiler equivalent. In this case it would be an equivalency of 21.2KW oil/gas boiler. Of course, HONE uses FREE Daylight so the bill would be zero and your savings significant even in overcast weather.

 

This graph above is the Daylight harvest graph for the system shown above on this exact day. You can see it started harvesting Daylight at 6:20 am approx 45 mins after dawn and powers throughout the day. This graph shows that this HONE system on this overcast day was already capable of heating mains water from 7:35 am.

 

NOTE: You may notice that this LIVE data was viewed on a mobile phone with SFR (top left corner of images) – France Telecom, approx 2,200 km away from the installation. This functionality comes with every H,P&D system as standard. 

What ELECTRICAL performance can I expect on a fully dark overcast day?

HONE captures Daylight and this is what makes it so powerful and the world’s most powerful renewable technology.

 

Here is an example data set from a customer house on 15/07/2018 completely overcast with dark rain cloud from the location in the world with the lowest amount of annual daylight. Outside air temp was 18C.

 

HONE weather

LIVE weather cam

 

The HONE electrical system (screenshot below) provides core electrical energy into the building system. In this particular installation, there is no grid supply (by choice, it was disconnected) so all the electricity comes from the HONE system. This energy is completely free and it is happening with complete cloud cover.

 

HONE Electrical Performance

 

Normally on this date, electricity production would start approximately 30 mins after first light, around 5:25 am but as the weather this day was heavily overcast with heavy rain cloud (LIVE webcam from site shown above), this meant production start was delayed to approx 6:25 am and completed production by approximately 10 pm.

 

That is an electricity production window of 15.5 hours. All performance from HONE systems is documented and metered/monitored in real-time.

 

Note: For anyone familiar with grid connected electricity systems, the production graph above will seem very unusual. This is because this is a “load following off-grid system”. (explained in another FAQ).

 

NOTE: You may notice that this LIVE data was viewed on a mobile phone with SFR (top left corner of images) – France Telecom, approx 2,200 km away from the installation. This functionality comes with every H,P&D system as standard. 

Can you explain the Thermal KW and COP of a HONE system?

To see a more detailed explanation of how the HONE Thermal system works from a science point of view, please see the “How HONE works” page.

 

HONE Heat, Power & Drive compliant systems come with access to the real-time KW and COP LIVE data. This allows you to see in real-time the COP and KW performance data. This is invaluable energy data from HONE as metering renewable energy remains something of a mystery in the industry.

 

 

HONE COP DATA

Can you show me what time HONE starts producing energy in Daylight?

HONE starts producing energy soon after first light and can generate energy right up to last light.

This data is from the 12/07/2018 and the day is completely overcast and a great example of how a HONE system performs.

 

HONE weather data

 

The screen shot below of HONE LIVE “thermal” data shows thermal production started just after 6:20 am in the morning and the system still had inertia of 15C higher than incoming mains water temp at 10 mins to midnight. This is an example of how powerful HONE is and why we use live data to demonstrate it.

 

Even though the day has poor light levels due to rain bearing cloud cover, (no sunlight), HONE was hotter than a boiler for most of the day and all that energy came from FREE Daylight instead of oil/gas or electricity.

High temperature of the day was over 71C all from a dull cloudy day.

 

hone thermal performance curve

 

The data below shows the thermal telemetry over 4 days and  even though the weather is not great, the HONE system does not allow the free heating and hot water temperature drop below 60C on average. Shower temperature is 38C. All this energy is free.

 

HONE Thermal Data

 

The graph below is electricity production from the site. Start time for production is 6:05 am and electricity is produced until 22:10 pm.

The production of electricity in this system is “load following” so it only makes electricity as demand requires it. This is why the graph below may look unusual to anyone only familiar with grid connected electrical installations.

 

How many HONE modules can I install (my home is really big)?

HONE is configured into Heat Engine modules. This is required to allow the science work at its maximum efficiency. If you have a large system, you may have more than one heat engine module.

 

This is really a design detail but has no impact on the installation. We unsure maximum efficiency and the least amount of system is installed to met the demand required.

If HONE is so powerful, how does it manage overheating?

Overheating is something always talked about in the solar thermal industry and with good reason.

 

Solar Thermal works using a physics phenomenon discovered around 1820 called the greenhouse effect. It is the single reason why solar thermal only works when the sun comes out. Sunlight travels through glass and heats up an object. It then radiates this energy in a wavelength which cannot travel through glass and hence you get a build up of heat. This is why you only get heat from solar thermal in sunshine.

 

It also happens in your car or your conservatory. Cloud cover – no heat, Sunshine – heat. This is why the performance of solar thermal is so poor compared to a HONE system. HONE operates using a nanotechnology science and harvests daylight, every day of the year.

 

Because HONE harvests daylight, it does not harvest sunlight and it is a valid question to ask how the science deals with bizarre heat wave type weather of which we have had in Europe in June/July 2018. HONE systems are designed for typical weather and usage patterns in each climate location. But sometimes the weather is not normal. How does HONE react?

 

Below is telemetry from a HONE system on 2nd and 3rd of August where the HONE system heat engine is around 105C, (this is very normal with high daylight levels). The water temperatures in the heating/hot water energy storage are being maintained at approx 90C across the day using a stratification process on the thermal storage. This is a standard function of the HONE system and as you can see there is no overheating even on a day breaking 130 year old temp records.

 

This amount of energy would provide approx 30 long hot rain showers or 15 large bubble baths all free at no cost of energy.

 

If this was your house, you would not know anything about it, the HONE system does this automatically.

 

So the answer is, HONE does not have the overheating issues older technologies have as it does not use the greenhouse effect to produce energy.

 

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