Precast Piling Scheme forWindfarm
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 signifi-
cant 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 driv-
en 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
Buildings That Produce Their Own
The Industrial Research Institute,
partner of FOSTEr in MED project
funded by EU ENPI CBC Med
Programme, is starting a pilot pro-
ject on ‘Building Integrated
Photovoltaic technology’ (BIPV) at
the Lebanese University Campus in
The Industrial Research Institute
is hosting a pilot project of 30 kW
composed of two parts: at the
façade the building integrated pho-
tovoltaic 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), con-
sidering 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 gen-
erated at the point of usage, this will reduce the
distribution and transmission losses of public electricity
The Lebanese University Campus in Hadat in Beirut,
is one of the 5 public buildings which will host the inno-
vative solar photovoltaic plants, testing different tech-
nological solutions and architectural integration in the
regions involved in the project.
•FOSTEr in MED
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