5 September 2002 – Eighty-seven thousand state-of-the-art photovoltaic cells supplied by BP Solar are to be used in the construction of the new TXU-Europe building in Ipswich.
The 200kw project represents the largest solar installation of in the UK and is scheduled for completion in December this year.
The photovoltaic cells, which are housed in glass panels and serve the dual purpose of replacing conventional materials while simultaneously harnessing energy from natural light to produce clean energy, will provide an output of over 200kw at peak performance. This is over 10 per cent of the maximum power requirement of the building.
BP Solar says the building will represent a showcase for Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) technology, widely regarded as a key feature of buildings of the future. “The project is significant because it proves that the technologies are available to deliver practical solar energy systems,” said BP Solar Business Executive Manager Ray Noble.