British Gas and Romag Holdings Plc, the specialist manufacturer of glass and plastic composites for renewable energy applications, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in the testing, marketing, distribution and installation of British Gas branded solar power canopies and other related products.
Romag introduced the ‘PowerPark’ solar car parking canopy initiative in March. Made of PowerGlaz PV panels, it is to be targeted at car parks at airports, stations, supermarkets, shopping centres, offices and public buildings including sports and leisure facilities. The canopy generates electricity which can be sold into the national grid as well as charging electric vehicles.
This initiative was spurred by UK Government encouragement to demonstrate that the infrastructure is being put in place to support the manufacture of electric cars and will furthermore be beneficial to commercial organizations when the feed in tariff is introduced in 2010.
Romag has already secured a contract with OneNE, the regional development agency, to build two prototype ‘PowerPark’ canopies: one at its own facility in County Durham and the other at Tegrel Engineering in Blaydon on Tyne, the manufacturers of the steel structure utilized in the PowerPark product. Once testing is approved, PowerPark can be rolled out initially as part of the pilot program in the North East and then throughout the UK.