University of Birmingham Library

Photon Energy installed a 114.5 kWp photovoltaic (PV) system on the University of Birmingham's new library working alongside Carillion. The state-of-the-art building was officially opened September 2016.

Details of the installation

The system comprises of 350 Sunpower high efficiency PV modules mounted on 4 different roof areas, the inverters are located at a single location. In order to provide a higher level of health and safety protection, fireman’s switches were installed that isolate the DC cables entering the building in case of fire or other emergencies. The system has a total installed capacity of 114.5 kWp and is expected to generate around 92,000 kWh of energy per annum.

Lefteris Giraleas, Project Engineer at Photon Energy said “Coordinating our design and scheduling our works around other trades was a big challenge for a project spanning almost a year. Having a close working relationship with Carillion’s engineering team helped us to complete this project with minimal lost time onsite and to also meet the high standards set by the client.”

The new library at University of Birmingham, was designed by Associated Architects in association with Carillion. The state-of-the art building sits at the heart of the university’s campus and provides a new, more energy efficient facility that aims to be an inspirational place of learning, embracing new and emerging technologies. The building contains 400,000 books and publications on 12km of open access shelving. The new library will use 50% less energy than the old building.

Lee Owen, Principal Building Services Manager at Carillion Plc said: “Working with Photon Energy on University of Birmingham’s new library was a very positive experience and we are happy with the quality of the finished product”.

Equipment summary

  • System size: 114.5 kWp
  • PV modules: Sunpower SPR-E20-327
  • Inverters: Zeversolar
  • Mounting system: Sunfixings