SunPower for Coventry Uni's Science and Health Building

02 October 2017

Photon Energy is delighted that Coventry University's new Science and Health building, featuring our 51 kWp SunPower solar PV array, is now open to students. 

Coventry University’s new £37 million Science and Health Building, built by BAM Construct UK, has consolidated the existing teaching and research facilities into a new five-storey, 12,000 m2 building that houses state-of-the-art healthcare simulation, research and ‘super-lab’ environments. 

The world-class facilities, capable of accommodating up to 240 students, include a mock operating theatre, fully-equipped ambulance and community house to demonstrate the latest developments in assistive living technologies. 

NG Bailey, responsible for the building services for this project, awarded Photon Energy the contract to build the 51 kWp installation in early 2016. Our installation team had to mobilise quickly in order to meet the University’s tight timescale, which required a major part of the roofworks to be completed during the academic summer break of 2016.

High efficiency, SunPower 327W monocrystalline PV modules were selected in order to provide the maximum energy generation from the limited roof space. The K2 D-Dome mounting system was used to fix the 156 modules, which were then connected to Zeversolar inverters. A Zevercom datalogger was installed to allow 24 hour monitoring of the PV system performance and a Solarfox display unit was installed in the reception area of the new building.

Lefteris Giraleas, Senior Engineer at Photon Energy said “we worked in collaboration with NG Bailey and BAM to come up with the ideal design for the PV system within the available roof space. We were pleased to be able to ultimately deliver a solution that worked well for the University.”

The energy generated by the solar PV will help the building to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

Steve Butler, Project Manager at NG Bailey said: “Photon Energy made a great effort to be on-site at very short notice and have designed a system using high quality products that will maximise the output from the flat roof space available.”