The logistics sector is undoubtedly a very large energy user, but a sector which acknowledges its impact on the environment and is looking to find its place in the greener future of sustainable building. IM Properties, a UK based Investor Developer, looked at how it could create a world-class sustainable logistics facility and developed the UKs first electricity cost neutral logistics building – The Hub.
The Hub is the UK’S first building which could eradicate electricity bills by combining Kingspan’s high-performance insulated panel and rooftop solar PV products with next generation battery technology to make the building energy self-sufficient. In the process, the development, which holds an A+ Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), can potentially offset 115,956 tonnes of CO2 annually. It is estimated that the building will consume 90% of the energy it generates.
The Hub will use roof-mounted, solar photovoltaic panels to supply electricity straight to the building for immediate use. Any extra power produced is then used to charge a battery which supplies the building with power whenever there is a dip in electricity production from the buildings own solar panels, ensuring that there is never any business interruption. The battery can also be solar charged or charged from the grid when electricity is cheaper, allowing the power to be used during more expensive periods in a process known as peak shaving. Any extra electricity generated from the building can also be exported back to the UK’s electricity grid further enhancing the building’s electricity cost neutrality.
The innovative project combination of battery and solar PV technology could be a game-changer for large energy users, like the logistics sector, who understand the importance of the green agenda, and look to do their part to enhance global sustainability.