WEDNESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER, 2013 |
The Solar Powered Pyramid
The sight of solar panels on a rooftop mightn't generally capture as much attention as it
once did, but this installation certainly does.
Designed and installed by Scotland's Sustainable
(SRT), the 48.25 kW installation provides 85% of the
power used by the pyramid-shaped headquarters of Survey
at Bilston Glen, Loanhead, Edinburgh.
According to SRT, other solar companies approached to execute the installation
shied away from the project; stating that it could not be done.
Design of the scaffolding system that would allow the panels to be positioned in
place was quite a challenge, but even more so was the clients' requirement that
each face of the pyramid to be covered in solar panels must be a perfect
triangle. There could be none of the stepping that would otherwise be seen with
square solar cells of the cut-down panels along edges.
To achieve the "perfect triangle" effect wasn't so much a case of
high-tech wizardry, but more design ingenuity - the panels along the edge are
dummies and do not generate power.†
The 193 panel array will provide a benefit to the building's owners of around
AUD$17,000 annually and avoid the creation of around 36 tonnes of carbon dioxide
emissions each year.
The system was installed in July 2012 and has been nominated for this year's
Solar Power Portal Awards, which recognises good practice, professionalism,
quality, safety and innovation in the UK's solar industry.†
The SRT installation is unsurprisingly in the "Most Innovative System Design,"
category. Also not surprising is the comment from Tom King, SRTís managing
director, who said the installation was the most challenging project he has
planned so far.
We imagine the project has resulted in all sorts of weird and wonderful design
requests for Mr. King and his team.
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