Polysolar smart glass powers Bournemouth University
Polysolar, leaders in transparent photovoltaic glazing, recently commissioned the core solar technology for the new Bus Hub at Bournemouth University’s Talbot Campus.
As part of the university’s transport infrastructure project delivered in 2017, Polysolar was commissioned to construct two 22 m long power generating canopies.
The innovative canopies form part of the university new campus entrance – providing an attractive shelter and generating renewable energy which is then fed back into the university network. The Polysolar technology forms a system of 18.4 kWp, capable of generating up to 18 MWh of renewable electricity each year whilst allowing sunlight into the new bus shelter structure. This additional power generation is expected to save up to 8 tons of CO2 per year, contributing to Bournemouth University’s carbon reduction target of 40% by 2020/21 when compared with 2005/6.
The new Polysolar power generating bus shelters are a leading part of the university’s initiative to reduce its environmental impact. Other recent projects include the installation of a biomass heating system, LED lighting replacement programme and the use of low zero carbon technologies such as combined heat and power units and ground source heat pumps on new build projects.
Marcin Grabowski, Programme Manager at Bournemouth University Estates Group states: “The shelters will provide continuous return both in terms of carbon and capital expenditure. We have enjoyed working with Polysolar and are looking forward to more future ventures involving new, green technologies.”