Four Tesla Powerpacks for Manchester Science Park

04 July 2018

Tesla Power Packs | Credit: Photon Energy
Tesla Power Packs | Credit: Photon Energy

Photon Energy, a UK-based Tesla Powerpack certified company, was recently appointed to install four energy storage units at Manchester Science Park.

Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) has undertaken a significant investment in an advanced energy strategy that includes the installation of the Tesla Powerpacks, as well as two EV charging points at their flagship headquarters: the Bright Building, located at Manchester Science Park.

This pioneering project received a grant from Innovate UK’s IoT smart city demonstrator project, CityVerve, in which MSP is a lead partner, and forms one strand of their advanced energy strategy, to which MSP committed to earlier this year as part of Lloyds Bank’s Commercial Real Estate’s Green Lending Initiative.

The installation initially involved employing groundworks contractors to install a concrete plinth that includes ducting for cables and a paved area for maintenance access. Heavy lifting equipment was hired to hoist the 2.2 tonne batteries into position.

The batteries were then connected to the inverter using Tesla’s pre-fabricated wireway system. The inverter output was connected to the building’s LV supply via a G59 relay that provides protection functions.

Suitable meters were installed to monitor parameters, such as energy flows into and out of the battery, energy supply to the whole site and frequency of the supply.

MSP is hoping that by installing the Tesla Powerpacks, they will be insulated from shifting commercial tariffs and that the adoption of green technologies will substantially reduce their carbon footprint. Additionally, the Powerpacks can provide a back-up power system, should primary power fail. They can respond to outages in less than a second, unlike the previous industry norm of 30 minutes for a diesel generator.

The battery system has been designed to be scalable, with the option to add up to 16 additional Powerpacks, and within 12 months, MSP envisage that the Bright Building will be an energy island – self-sufficient and operating without reliance on the National Grid.

MSP will be closely monitoring the cost savings and CO2 reduction, with a view to installing further units at their other buildings and developments.

Rolf Oldach, director of Photon Energy, said: “Building on our experience with previous Powerpack projects, we had prepared as much as possible off site, allowing us to complete the mechanical and electrical installation, including metering, within a week.”

Tom Renn, managing director of MSP, said in their press release:

“As the only UK science and technology park operator to be offering this kind of advanced energy innovation, it’s something we’re understandably very excited about.

“MSP and Bruntwood are committed to investing in our buildings, utilising cutting-edge technology to both improve the experience of our customers and reduce our carbon footprint.

“This pilot installation marks a key milestone in our advanced energy strategy. It also makes good on a commitment to invest in sustainable improvements to our campuses, signed up to as part of our green funding package with Lloyds Bank.”

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