Tesla Powerpacks for Manchester Science Park

Photon Energy has installed four Tesla Powerpacks at the Bright Building at Manchester Science Park, for Bruntwood Ltd, property developers with a majority shareholding in the park.

Details of the installation

The project initially involved employing groundworks contractors to install a concrete plinth including ducting for cables, and a paved area for maintenance access.  Suitable lifting equipment was hired to hoist the 2.2 tonne batteries into position.  The batteries were then connected to the inverter using Tesla’s pre-fabricated wireway system.  The inverter output was connected to the building’s LV supply via a G59 relay that provides protection functions.  The G59 panel, located adjacent to the inverter, also contains Tesla’s controller and metering.

Suitable meters were installed to monitor parameters such as energy flows into and out of the battery, energy supply to the whole site and frequency of the supply.

Manchester Science Partnerships is hoping that by installing the Tesla Powerpacks, they will be insulated from the increasing commercial tariffs and that the adoption of green technologies will significantly reduce their carbon footprint. Additionally, the Powerpacks can provide a back-up power system, should primary power fail. They can respond to outages in less than a second, unlike the previous industry norm of 30 minutes for a diesel generator.

The battery system has been designed to be scalable, with the option to add up to 16 additional Powerpacks, providing the Bright building with the future potential to be self-sufficient and operate without reliance on the National Grid.

Rolf Oldach, Technical Director at Photon Energy, said: “Building on the experience of previous Powerpack installations, we had prepared as much as possible off site, allowing us to complete the mechanical and electrical installation including metering within a week.”

Tom Renn, Managing Director of MSP, said: “As the only UK science and technology park operator to be offering this kind of advanced energy innovation, it’s something we’re understandably very excited about. MSP and Bruntwood are committed to investing in our buildings, utilising cutting-edge technology to both improve the experience of our customers and reduce our carbon footprint."

Equipment Summary

  • 4 x 95 kWh Powerpacks, 380kWh capacity
  • 200kVa (2 hour system) rated Tesla inverter