The University will be installing Solar PV panels on the roof of the Brooks Building starting on Sunday 22nd October. There will be 584 panels covering the roof area of both plant rooms.
These works form part of a wider EU funded Smart Cities project called Triangulum. Triangulum is a five year €25 million Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Union to demonstrate cutting-edge smart city technologies and roll them out across the globe. The University is working with 23 European partners from urban municipalities, research institutions and industry to demonstrate ‘smart green growth’ – reducing carbon emissions whilst boosting the economy.
For more info about this project see the Manchester Smart City Mobility film here.
Over a five year period, Triangulum will transform designated urban districts into smart quarters in three ‘lighthouse cities’ Manchester, Eindhoven (Netherlands) and Stavanger (Norway).
Concepts learnt will be transferred to the ‘follower cities’ of Leipzig (Germany), Prague (Czech Republic) and Sabadell (Spain).
As part of the project the University will also be installing a Lithium Ion battery outside the Energy Centre. This innovative project will help the University store any excess electricity generated and avoid peak time electricity charges. The battery unit will be installed in early 2018. Learning from the project will be shared with other project partners and across Europe.
PV installation start date: 22nd October. Due to last approx. 5 weeks.
The peak electrical output of the PV array is 157 kWp. At its peak output it should supply approx 30% of the Brooks Building electricity demand.
Expected annual carbon savings = 47 tonnes of CO2. The is the equivalent of burning 51 tons of coal a year (over the 20 year life expectancy that’s 1000 tons)
Expected annual cost saving= £14,000 p.a
For more information contact Callum Donnelly (Environmental & Energy Officer) firstname.lastname@example.org