Photo: Frank Stier
With around a dozen staff, Camel Solar manufactures absorbers, evacuated tube and standard flat plate, but also novel facade-integrated window collectors. With offices in the UK, Hong Kong and Shanghai, Camel Solar has been selling its products in Macedonia and the Balkans, in Western Europe and even in China. Its R&D sister company, Centre for Plasma Technologies – PLASMA, has specialised in the design of selective PVD coatings for solar absorbers among other things.
Past years have seen Nasov and his colleague, Professor Anka Trajkovska Petkoska, participate in fairly many European-funded research projects. Some of their results have been used for the design of the company’s new integrated window collector incorporated into the south facade of the Camel Solar factory. “As our new and innovative Camel Solar absorber can be integrated into existing window frames, it has little impact on architectural design. And without humidity present, efficiency doesn´t decline gradually,” the founder of Camel Solar explained.
Prototype of the window collector incorporated into the south facade of the Camel Solar factory
Photo: Camel Solar
But why Camel Solar? “We´ve named our company after the animal with perhaps the most efficient water and temperature control system,” Nasov said. He holds several patents on absorber technology and has recently published a handbook for students on climate change and renewable energies. He is also the chair of Solar Mac, the Macedonian solar association, home to Macedonian businesses, such as Camel Solar, Euroterm Solar, Eco Solar, Solar Tubes and Leov Company, as well as Austrian-based Tisun.
Little government support
PV and solar thermal manufacturers have long focused entirely on their own technology. Now, the time had come to combine the benefits of both in one system, Nasov said. He pins his hopes on the new government, expecting an improved business environment for solar collector manufacturers to follow the normalisation of the political one in Macedonia. Overall, he was optimistic about the future of solar thermal, as it had great potential not only for providing hot water and space heating and cooling in residential buildings, but also in swimming pools and spa centres, hotels and greenhouses, and industries with large demand for hot water.
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