Derby’s new high-tech hub powered by 200-panel PV array

Source: EvoEnergy

The 53 kWp solar system will contribute to the hub's effort to save almost 20 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

The Innovation Hub at the heart of Derby’s multi-million pound Infinity Park Derby is now being powered by clean, onsite renewables thanks to a new 350m² rooftop solar system installed by EvoEnergy.

More than 200 panels will generate just over 37,000 kWh of electricity every year for the Innovation Hub, which provides managed workspace for advanced manufacturing companies and startups working in the high-tech aerospace, automotive or transport industries.

The 53 kWp solar system is one of a series of environmental features included in the design of the building, which aims to achieve an “Excellent” BREEAM score rating for sustainable construction. In addition to a solar PV system, the building has air source heat pumps, natural ventilation and a floodwater drainage system to save almost 20 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

The Innovation Hub’s combination of meeting rooms, workshops and offices will serve as a collaborative space for entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs to develop new technologies and expand Derby’s high tech industries.

EvoEnergy was commissioned to install the PV system by the contractors Moorcroft Electrical and G F Tomlinson. The work was carried out during the summer of 2015 by a four-man team of engineers and installers who scheduled their activity around the ongoing construction of the site.

The Innovation Hub is the first development to be completed at the Infinity Park Derby: a joint venture between Rolls-Royce, the Harpur Crewe Estate, Derby City Council and developers Cedar House and Wilson Bowden Developments, that was recently awarded Enterprise Zone status.

More than 8,000 jobs are set to be accommodated within the 250-acre Infinity Park Derby, which will be expanded over the next 10-15 years, with more than 1.8million ft² of commercial property construction planned for the future.

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