The owners of Prologis Park in Coventry, one of the country's most successful industrial estates, wanted a complete renewable energy package to ensure energy efficiency across its 1.5 square foot site, primarily used for warehousing, as well as office units.
With sustainability a key design factor throughout the development, specifically (and all Prologis Parks generally) passive, low-energy design was essential along with sensitive use of water resources.
Kingspan Environmental was approached by the Park’s designated installer, mechanical and electrical contractor P&R Morson of Halesowen, to design bespoke solar thermal and rainwater harvesting systems to boost energy efficiency and reduce the Park’s carbon footprint.
In order to meet its performance specification, the decision was taken to install a solar thermal system to boost its energy efficiency and reduce carbon footprint.
P&R Morson specified two Range Tribune HE 180 litre cylinders plus high-performance Kingspan Solar Thermomax DF100 Direct Flow evacuated tube collectors, which generate up to 70% of the complex's hot water.
A Kingspan Water Envireau rainwater harvesting system was chosen, which provides all the water for the Park's WCs.
The pipework was insulated with approximately 970 metres of Kingspan Tarec Kooltherm pipe insulation by Cilex Insulations Ltd of Staffordshire, which has contributed to reduced heat loss and lower energy costs.
The Thermomax DF100 is a system ideally suited to the needs of Prologis and other industrial or commercial centres. The solar thermal water heating fulfils any residual space heating as well as hot water requirements onsite. It can be installed on a pitched or horizontal surface, and the tubes can be rotated up to 25° to compensate for installations that deviate from south.
Thermomax collectors are up to 30% more effective than traditional flat plate panels, using vacuum technology to deliver an unrivalled transfer of solar energy into heat. They are also highly reliable with little risk of either stagnation or overheating in buildings such as industrial estates where usage and loading can vary greatly throughout the year. Routine maintenance is minimal.
Kingspan’s Range Tribune HE cylinders offer the benefits of mains pressure hot water making them particularly suitable for use in commercial properties with multiple WCs/bathrooms such as Prologis. They also offer fast reheat times and exceptionally low heat loss.
Trevor Cross, Specification Sales Director at Kingspan Environmental, which Kingspan Solar and Kingspan Water are part of, says: "The Kingspan integrated approach across the divisions within the company meant we could collectively put together a complete, high performance package of systems for the customer.“
Michael Slevin, Senior Contracts Manager at P&R Morson, said: ”Even though we had not installed these systems before, the installation was self explanatory and the commissioning and setting up of each of the systems was easy to do which enabled us to demonstrate to the client with minimal fuss.
“We were delighted with both the product and service we received from Kingspan Tarec. Their technical assistance with regards to the BREEAM requirements was extremely useful and we experienced a trouble free installation with the product.”