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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.

Community Involvement

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.

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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 pro-

ject 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 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

networks.

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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