A pioneering project which will boost electric vehicle use in the region is set to launch today, heralding a new period of growth for a Tees Valley-based company.
The EVPV project, an initiative which offsets the electricity demand created when charging electric vehicles (EVs) through the use of solar power panels (PVs), is being launched by tadea.
tadea, whose head office is in Billingham, is a not-for-profit organisation which provides advice, project management and consultancy services on carbon reduction, sustainable energy, climate change and fuel poverty for households, businesses and local authorities.
The launch will take place at RMB Toyota’s premises at Bowesfield Farm, Stockton-on-Tees (pictured) – the site of the first EVPV charging point installed in December. The project is set to provide opportunities for further investment in future carbon reduction projects across the north of England.
The event will bring together high profile figures from the business world, representatives from local government and members of other key interested parties. The launch will also be used as a platform to introduce another key area of tadea’s growth set to launch in the spring – a brand new driver training centre.
The centre, which will be based at Gateshead College and make use of Nissan’s performance test track, will promote and provide efficiency and safety training for individuals and companies involved in the motor vehicle, road haulage and passenger transport industries.
The training will help familiarise drivers with low carbon vehicles and technology, as well as preparing individuals for driving in fog, rain, wind and other adverse weather conditions.
Details of the projects being launched
The EVPV (Electric vehicle solar photovoltaic) project offsets the electricity demand created when charging electric vehicles by using solar power.
EVPV will, over time, generate new revenues for tadea, which will help form a solid foundation for company growth and diversification of the organisation’s business services. This will provide opportunities for further investment in future carbon reduction projects across the north of England. The project does not rely on investment from the participating businesses, as tadea consider covering any investment costs.
The project came about due to concern surrounding the sources of energy used to charge electric vehicles: if fossil fuels are used to generate the electricity they require, the potential environmental benefits from utilising electric vehicles are drastically reduced.
EVPV alleviates this issue by harnessing the natural power of the sun to deliver a zero ‘well to wheel’ CO2 figure.
Importantly, tadea’s EVPV initiative supports the electric vehicle re-charging infrastructure. It brings local installers of renewable technology together as a consortium to deliver a high quantity and quality of work whilst helping to regenerate the local economy and create revenue for future investment.
The EV/PV project installs, often free of charge, 7.35 – 49kWh of solar photovoltaic panels on the roofs of businesses and other commercial properties in the North of England. These solar arrays offset the power requirements of an electric vehicle re-charging post
At RMB Toyota’s premises on Preston Farm Industrial Estate, Stockton, the additional demand for electricity will be offset by the installation of 30 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. The new charging points will complement the Charge Your Car electric vehicle infrastructure in the North East.
Five such sites are to be installed in the North East before the end of March 2012, and plans for a further 95 charging points are currently being drawn up. Proposals have also been submitted that could potentially lead to the implementation of a further 900 EV charging sites across the North of England.
tadea’s Driver Training Centre