University Receives Government Funding for EC Renewable Energy Project
The University of Leicester Department of
Engineering has been selected in the second round of a Government programme
promoting solar energy.
Under the Department of Trade and
Industry’s Major Photovoltaic (PV) Demonstration Programme, the University has
received a grant of £237,183 to install 40kWp of PV panels on the
roof of its Engineering Building.
The Leicester Engineering Building,
designed by architects James Stirling and James Gowan, is a Grade 2* Listed
building. The photovoltaic system,
consisting of specially manufactured laminated glass/glass modules, will be
integrated into the building’s roof lights.
Leicester was one of 19 schemes to be
selected for solar power, fighting off fierce competition across the UK. The successful applicants all win a share of a £2.2
million Government grant, part of a total £20 million programme.
Under previous schemes, the Government
has provided £5.4 million to help develop 500 solar powered homes and £4.2
million for 18 solar powered buildings through the DTI’s domestic and
large-scale field trials.
The development of the PV system is a
joint undertaking of the Department of Engineering and the Estates Office, and
forms part of the European Community UnivERsol project, aimed at demonstration
and dissemination of photovoltaic technology through the installation of 25
medium to large-size PV systems in educational and cultural buildings in four EC
countries, amounting to a total of 707 kWp.
The detailed design of the system was
carried out by Dr Hans Bleijs, lecturer in Electrical Power Systems in the
Department of Engineering, who is in charge of the University’s involvement in
the UnivERsol project. The PV system will also provide a research and teaching
facility for the Electrical and Electronic Power Engineering group for the study
of optimisation and control of PV systems and grid integration.
Head of Department of Engineering at
Leicester Professor Ian Postlethwaite said: “This
development will produce a solar energy research and teaching facility of
Energy Minister Brian Wilson, who has set
up “Renewables UK” to promote the growth of the green energy market, said:
“I am convinced that solar power should make a real contribution to the UK’s
energy mix. It is now crucial that the
right foundations are put in place”.
“These nineteen projects will add to
the hundreds of solar houses and buildings which the Government has already
sponsored. They range from leisure centres, schools and offices to business
parks and modern flats.”
NOTE TO EDITORS: Further information is available from Dr Hans Bleijs, Department of Engineering, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 2553, facsimile 0116 252 2619, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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