University of Chester 4 KWp

Facts and Figures

Client – University of Chester

Solar Photovoltaics 

System Size – 4 KWp

Generation Per Annum – 3,280 KWh

Expected Payback Period – 4 Years

Carbon Savings – 15 Tonnes over 20 Years

The newly installed PV panels have been donated by Energy Gain UK. The solar energy equipment supplier recently completed a 4kW south facing Solar Edge panel installation. It is now fully optimised and will form part of the Energy Centre’s ongoing research into solar energy technologies, connecting to the Energy Centre’s pioneering microgrid.

The Energy Centre at Thornton Science Park provides a flexible place where industry and academia come together to innovate, develop and demonstrate new energy technologies connecting to a microgrid with 1,000mindoor and external test areas available. 

The microgrid currently comprises of the following electrical units in addition to the Energy Gain solar panels:

  • 45 kVA diesel generator
  • 300 kVA load bank
  • 25kW(e) Arensis E3 CHP
  • 10kW redT flow machine.

 All are connected to advanced ABB supervisory control.

The aim of the Centre is to promote growth and acceleration in the development and exploitation of new technologies for the energy market and it is available for use by SMEs to connect to as tenants on a short or long term basis. The test zone is extremely versatile, allowing tenants to work in and connect to an individual bay; through to full use of all the microgrid equipment listed above.     

“Our thanks go to Energy Gain UK for their donation of the unit. The solar plant itself provides a wonderful platform for research and development, and learning. The company’s support in our ambition for Thornton and the Energy Centre is another example of how the University of Chester is working with industry to allow business innovation and development to happen.”

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