600 solar panels power new Bristol industry

Bristol's new National Composites Centre (NCC) has had 600 solar panels fitted to make use of clean, renewable energy.

The centre, which will design and manufacture composite technologies, will generate enough electricity to help power its operations and offset its environmental impact.

The use of renewable energies reflects NCC's core work of developing lightweight composite materials which make a range of industries more efficient and less carbon emitting, such as aerospace, automotive, wind turbines, construction, wave energy and marine.

The panels, fitted by Bristol solar installer, Solarsense UK Ltd, are expected to generate between 127,000 KwH and 130,000 KwH of electricity per year, enough to supply electricity to around 40 homes per year.

The 8,500m2 state-of-the-art facility built has been constructed to a BREEAM Excellent environmental rating, and is one of the first industrial buildings in the UK to achieve this rating.

The building is located at the Bristol and Bath Science Park and will officially open late this summer. Alison Brown


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