Glass and plastics specialist Romag Holdings has developed a new solar-powered canopy that solar panels melbourne could offer a recharging bay for electric cars in open-air car parks.
PowerPark system is now in development by Romag Holidings in the United Kingdom.
The PowerPark system consists of a panel of Romags PowerGlaz photovoltaic modules standing over and above a car parking bay.
The PV panels generate electricity to charge electric vehicles parking underneath, or to feed into the national grid or a buildings power supply when it is not being used to charge up an electric vehicle.
Romag Holidings has already secured a contract with regional development agency One NorthEast to build two prototypes at its own site in County Durham and at Tegrel Engineering in Blaydon on Tyne, where the steel structure used in the product is made.
The company will be targeting owners of car parks including airports, stations, supermarkets, shopping centres, offices and public buildings to take up the product, pointing to government ambitions to encourage the use of electric vehicles nationwide.
Romag, which already produces PowerGlaz panels and building-integrated PV systems at its 30MW capacity production facility in Consett, says the new PowerPark canopy systems will be very competitive in price when launched.
The company points to forthcoming feed-in tariffs, which are expected to subsidise small-scale renewable electricity generation installations from April 2010, as making the systems even more beneficial to commercial organisations.
The first prototype PowerPark is set to be completed by the end of this month for testing, which results of the tests expected to be available later in April.
A spokeswoman for the company explained that the testing would allow Romag to assess how the device, which has a theoretical generating capacity of 1.7kW for each parking bay, performs charging old-style electric vehicles.
It wont be charging the newer types of electric vehicles, and the testing will be carried out in the North East, so the results should be worst case, with expectation of better results with newer vehicle types in more southerly locations, she explained.
Romag supplied a combination of brise soleil louvers, PowerGlaz BIPV louvers and PowerGlaz standard modules to this stunning building situated in the gateway to the City of London and overlooking St. Paul’s Cathedral. The south facing louvers have the added benefit of incorporating PV cells within the laminate to create a functional, but attractive PowerGlaz BIPV array.
Meanwhile in a separate move, Romag has also announced that it is to develop the UKs first solar PV training and business centre at its headquarters.
The centre will be available to hire by organisations seeking to train staff in how to deal with both standard photovoltaic and also building-integrated PV products. People from across the manufacturing sector – electricians, installers, architects, developers and planners – will be able to make use of the facility.
Commenting on the two initiatives, Romag chief executive Lyn Miles said: We are extremely excited about these two projects and are positive about the benefits they will present for the future of UK manufacturing and climate change, particularly in the North East.
Both the PowerPark and the training centre are being developed to ensure that the infrastructure and expertise is in place to allow UK companies to readily respond to the potential increase in demand for solar powered microgeneration within the UK market which will be accelerated by the feed-in tariff.