Buildings That Produce Their Own Energy
The Industrial Research Institute, partner of FOSTEr in MED project funded by EU ENPI CBC Med Programme, is starting a pilot project on ‘Building Integrated Photovoltaic technology’ (BIPV) at the Lebanese University Campus in Hadat, Beirut.
The Industrial Research Institute is hosting a pilot project of 30 kW composed of two parts: at the façade the building integrated photovoltaic panels play the role of shading devices and overhangs to limit the solar gains during summer and especially to limit the cooling load of the building.
Building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV), a technology still little used in the Mediterranean countries, consists in the integration of photovoltaic modules in buildings as architectural elements (as a roof, a façade cladding, a shading element, a parapet), considering not only the energy production of the PV, but also its architectural and aesthetic value.
The advantages of this technology are outstanding, for example if PV systems are installed on buildings, no other land use is required and electricity is directly generated at the point of usage, this will reduce the distribution and transmission losses of public electricity networks.
The Lebanese University Campus in Hadat in Beirut, is one of the 5 public buildings which will host the innovative solar photovoltaic plants, testing different technological solutions and architectural integration in the regions involved in the project.
Precast Piling Scheme for Windfarm
FK Lowry Piling, part of Lagan Construction Group, have successfully delivered a $468,000 Energy Sector Scheme at Twin Rivers near Goole, UK for I&H Brown over a 10 week period.
The proposed Twin Rivers Wind Farm, which contains 14 wind turbines on a 630-acre site, will make a significant contribution to the regions energy needs as well as opening up public access to the countryside.
FK Lowry Piling were sub-contracted to I&H Brown to install a total of 630 precast pile (270 mm x 270 mm).
Using Juntann piling rigs, the precast piles were driven to depths of up to 14 m for working loads of up to 932 kN. The underlying soils consisted of firm/stiff Clays overlying medium dense to dense Sands before stiff Clays were encountered at depth.
The scheme offers the opportunity to open up the countryside for the community at large, As part of the plan, the Group intends to open up footpaths on its land, creating a public access network which will connect local villages, the wind farm and local conservation areas, enhancing the area’s appeal to tourists and local residents.
The wind farm will also provide support for local environmental, educational and community projects.