Kingspan Supplies Complete Renewable Energy Package at Leading UK Industrial Park

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The owners of Prologis Park, an industrial estate in Coventry wanted a complete renewable energy package to ensure energy efficiency across its 1.5 million ft2 site, primarily used for warehousing. The complex is now heated by one of the highest performing solar thermal collectors in the world.

Prologis Park in Coventry is one of the country’s most successful industrial estates. The scheme provides more than 1.5 million square feet of warehousing and office units.

Kingspan Environmental was approached by the Park’s designated installer, mechanical and electrical contractor P&R Morson of Halesowen, to design bespoke solar thermal and rainwater harvesting systems to boost energy efficiency and reduce the Park’s carbon footprint.

With sustainability a key design factor throughout the development of this Park specifically, and all Prologis Parks generally, passive, low-energy design was essential, along with sensitive use of water resources.

The company specified two Kingspan Solar Range Tribune 180 litre cylinders plus Thermomax Direct Flow vacuum tube direct flow collectors and a Kingspan Water Envireau rainwater harvesting system which provides water to flush all of the WCs in the park.

The Thermomax DF collectors are ideally suited to the needs of Prologis and other industrial or commercial centres. The solar thermal water heating fulfills any residual space heating as well as hot water requirements onsite. It can be installed on a pitched or horizontal surface, and the tube can be rotated up to 25˚ to compensate for installations that deviate from south. What’s more, all Thermomax collectors are up to 30 per cent more effective than traditional flat plate panels, using vacuum technology to deliver an unrivaled transfer of solar energy into heat. The vacuum inside each tube not only provides outstanding insulation, it also suppresses heat loss by protecting the system from cold, wet or windy weather. The result is optimum performance levels all year round, even in the UK.

Thermomax collectors are also highly reliable with little risk of either stagnation or overheating in buildings such as industrial estates where usage and loading can vary greatly throughout the year.

Kingspan’s Tribune HE cylinders offer the benefits of mains pressure hot water making them particularly suitable for use in commercial properties such as Prologis with multiple WCs/bathrooms. They also offer fast reheat times and exceptionally low heat loss.

Trevor Cross, Specification Sales Director at Kingspan Environmental, which owns Kingspan Solar and Kingspan Water, says: "The Kingspan integrated approach across the divisions within the company meant we could collectively put together a complete, high performance package of systems for the customer."

Michael Slevin, Senior Contracts Manager at P&R Morson, said: ”Even though we had not installed these systems before, the installation was self explanatory and the commissioning and setting up of each of the systems was easy to do which enabled us to demonstrate to the client with minimal fuss. Kingspan's technical assistance with regards to the BREEAM requirements was extremely useful and we experienced a trouble free installation with the product.”

Kingspan Solar offers custom-designed solar packages tailored to meet the needs of each specific application. Packages include total customer support from initial advice, through to bespoke design/specification, installation, final commissioning and technical support. The company also now offers funding solutions for solar thermal installations through their finance partners and accredited installers’ network.

The Kingspan Solar range includes both flat plate options (in-roof or on-roof) and Thermomax evacuated tube collectors, together with all required components for the complete installation.

For more information call Kingspan Environmental on 0345 260 0258, or email info(at)kingspansolar(dot)com

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