Two instructors from School of Engineering of Atılım University, Asst. Prof. Dr. Rahim Jafari (Automotive) and Asst. Prof. Dr.Samad Nadimi (Mechanical), won the 25 000 TL
cash prize given by "Rebuplic of Turkey Energy Market Regulatory Authority (TR: EPDK) ve Association of Distribution System Operators (TR:ELDER)" on October 6, 2018 with
the "MicroTherm/MicroSolar" Project which is minichannel based hybrid photovoltaic-thermal solar panel project, in "2018 Yeni Fikirler Yeni İşler" competition
(EN: New İdeas New Works) organized by METU TEKNOKENT. This award is given to projects of commercial importance.
Jafari and Nadimi were chosen among the first 10 finalists in "Cleantech Open" competition organized by Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) Turkey on November 12,
2018 with their same project.
Just developed MicroTherm, is a minichannel based hybrid photovoltaic thermal solar panel. A specially designed heat sink is mounted behind the PV solar cells. By homogenously cooling PV cells, losses in electrical efficiency are compensated. In addition, higher heat energy is transferred from the solar cells to a water container for heating. Approximately 2700 kWh energy produced by only single "MicroTherm Solar Panel in a year is equivalent to burning of 1,2 tons of coal at a thermal power plant ,which means avoiding 3,4 tons of CO2 emission.
Jafari and Nadimi have been working in order to put their system into the mass production.