Solar energy helps heat new Royal Mail centre

Renewable energy, CA Group, SolarWall, transpired solar collector

A 700 m2 SolarWall (transpired solar collector) from CA Group at the Royal Mail’s new mail centre at Strood, Kent, is expected to generate up to 176 MWh a year, reducing CO2 emissions by over 32 t. SolarWall uses solar irradiation to deliver naturally warmed fresh air into the building and is said to have the highest efficiency of any active solar technology, generating up to 500 W/m2 of thermal energy.

This latest installation follows the use of SolarWall at Royal Mail’s Swan Valley distribution hub in Northampton, which has achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and an A-rated Energy Performance Certificate.

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