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33.88 kWp - PV Installation

During the early stages of design development the scheme included 122.5m² of thin film laminates to form the type B array. However, overheating failures of the glass/ glass double-glazing resulted in the manufacturer removing this technology from the scheme. The project was then re-designed following the introduction of Polycrystalline cells to the glass/glass laminates of the Type B array.

The space makes use of monocrystalline PV laminates integrated into the double-glazed roof (type A array). The individual cells being separated to provide 15% transparency. The glazed façade utilises integrated square Polycrystalline cells which have a 15% degree of transparency and one band of clear glazing to provide an enhanced visual aspect (type B array).

Procurement of the works has proved to be a significant challenge, introducing significant disruption to the ZICER building project. The rapid expansion of the UK PV market has created significant Cash flow difficulties for the installers who are relatively small companies who do not have the financial gearing for projects of this scale. At a critical time in the construction of this building the installers (PV facades) had cash flow difficulties, necessitating the intervention of the main contractor and BP Solar who both purchased materials for PV Façades and assisted them to gain further investment.

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The Registery University of East Anglia
United Kingdom
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