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Eighty-seven thousand photovoltaic cells supplied by BP Solar are to be used in the construction of a new building in Ipswich in the UK.

Eighty-seven thousand photovoltaic (PV) cells supplied by BP Solar are to be used in the construction of a new building in Ipswich in the UK.

The project represents the largest solar installation of its kind in the UK and is scheduled for completion in December this year.

The 200kW output from the photovoltaic cells, which are housed in glass panels, will replace conventional cladding materials on roofs and facades and provide over 10% of the maximum power requirement of the building.

Four types of glass-to-glass PV module are being incorporated into the actual fabric of the six-floor building structure (four types of glass-glass module are being manufactured for installation into the facade and four types for the atria) and will be fixed using a standard curtain wall system.

There are also over 600 standard BPS laminates being installed as screening around the roof-top plant areas and to utilise otherwise ‘spare’ roof space for additional PV generation. The solar modules will be integrated on the south facing facades, spandrel panels, modesty panels, and on the atrium roof.

When completed, the £35 million building project will become home to 1,000 staff of TXU-Europe. TXU is currently the UK’s largest domestic electricity supplier.

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