What Jaguar Land Rover say about SolarWall®

More than 80 construction industry VIPs attended a special ‘SolarWall® in Action’ event at the Jaguar Land Rover Training Academy in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

Guests at the event, (which included representatives from The Welsh Assembly, Costain, Kier, B&Q, ASDA and Focus DIY) were able to see first hand how SolarWall®, has helped the refurbished building to save more than 80,000 kWh per year with an associated reduction in CO2 emissions of 19 tonnes.

The SolarWall® Transpired Solar Collector (TSC) is an innovative solar air heating system that utilises solar radiation to deliver naturally warmed fresh air into buildings providing a renewable heat energy source. The SolarWall® technology was developed by Conserval Engineering of Toronto, Canada and has been used in 30 countries around the world and is available in the UK through CA Group. At the Jaguar Land Rover Academy, the 268m² SolarWall® was incorporated as part of a refurbishment project to convert the building into a state-of-the-art technical training academy for which sustainability was a key part of the brief.

Brian Watson, Commercial Director at CA Group commented: “The event was oversubscribed which just goes to show the huge level of interest in this type of renewable building technology. In the past people in the industry have said the SolarWall® sounded too good to be true; but having seen the product in action at the Jaguar Land Rover Academy, no one was in any doubt that this is one of the most exciting renewable products on the market today.

SolarWall® is one of CA Group’s flagship solutions and its potential is enormous. With new legislation such as the Carbon Reduction Commitment coming into play, it will become critical for organisations to look for intelligent and cost-effective ways of making their buildings more sustainable.”

With its proven heating cost reductions of up to 50%, SolarWall® easily exceeds the Merton Rule requirement for renewable energy.  The technology also offers paybacks through energy savings of as little as three years for new build and seven years for refurbishment projects. SolarWall® systems are ideal for any building types with a heating and or ventilation requirement including industrial sheds, schools, hospitals and other commercial buildings.

SolarWall® has undergone extensive testing at Swansea University, using a specially developed solar simulator rig, which has been used to optimise the solar absorbance of the coating whilst maintaining the availability of an attractive colour range.

Thursday, June 21st, 2012