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EcoPod to be Podded-up in South Yorkshire

Set to open its doors this summer, the EcoPod Technology Centre (ETC), will provide a base for development and demonstration of the smart energy technology system which uses a mix of renewable and carbon energy sources with a state of the art building automation system to significantly reduce costs and improve energy efficiency in a range of buildings including apartment blocks, hotels, schools, hospitals and office blocks.

The EcoPod energy system combines a wide range of technologies such as highly efficient cascade boilers, biomass, ground source, gas absorption heat pump units and thermal solar to provide certified savings of more than 43% on annual heating bills and reduce carbon emissions by a third.

Carillion is looking to base its research and development activity for EcoPod in South Yorkshire and the ETC will feature test rigs of the next generation of EcoPods, providing a hub of innovation and research into sustainable and smart building technologies. With plans to introduce a range of innovative developments and launch EcoPod to the European, Asian and North American markets; the centre will emulate seasonal weather and energy demands of these locations to test energy systems under development.

Phil Shepley, Managing Director of Engineering at Carillion Services comments: “We will be working with a leading accreditation authority to ensure the performance of existing and test installations are ahead of the market and the centre will also support the creation of new jobs in research and development, renewable energy systems and building automation.”

The EcoPod Technology Centre will incorporate a training facility as well as provide a demonstration base so that installers, potential clients and partners can see how the system works, as well as the technology, processes and innovations behind it.

The centre will also monitor and centrally track the performance of current and future EcoPod installations to enable further improvements and enhancements to current and existing customers.

 

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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