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FRONT COVER SPOTLIGHT 15 The company says that this can make a real impact on the targets for renewable energy uptake and CO2 reduction, and will contribute significantly to the energy-supply demand balance. Tata Steel is now delivering the first major fruits of its commitment to developing these systems, with the introduction of new active energy generation solutions – providing ample proof that the days of simple, low-tech "shed" construction are very quickly being consigned to the history books. Colorcoat Renew SC is an active solar air heating system with a pre-engineered control system that uses the sun to generate fresh heated air. Deeside Leisure Centre A low cost solution to achieving Government targets, Colorcoat Renew SC is primarily suited to buildings where ventilated, fresh air is used to deliver space heating. It is a highly efficient renewable energy system that can be fitted to any building, new build or retro-fit, with a requirement for space heating during the day. Installed onto south-facing walls, Colorcoat Renew SC can be tailored to suit all types of industrial, commercial and residential projects. It was recently used on a £5 million project for Flintshire County Council at Deeside Leisure Centre, where it is predicted to deliver 70MWh per year through solar radiation and another 40MWh per year resulting from reduced thermal losses. Payback on investment is expected within ten years. Cuts in feed-in tariffs have certainly caused a short term reaction in the solar panel market but the overall outlook arguably remains very bright. Trade commentators still describe the decision to go solar as a "no brainer" in terms of the projected return on investment. Trisomet 333 PV System Wherever the market is bound, there's surely no question that the adoption of PV systems has seen a plethora of different options coming to market, all with their own advantages and disadvantages. What has perhaps been lacking is an integrated approach, whereby the PV panel is designed as an integral component of the roof system. It is not uncommon for trades persons other than bona fide roofers to fix panels. This is a potentially worrying approach for a number of reasons: has the extra roof load been properly accounted for? ; is the attachment method capable of adequately securing the panels to the roof in the long term? ; will poorly specified fixings lead to a roof leak? ; is the cladding underneath the panels likely to achieve adequate long term performance? An antidote to all these concerns, the new Trisomet 333 PV System from Tata Steel is a slim, lightweight (less than 10kg/m2) crystalline panel system, powered by the SOLON SOLbond Integra PV system. Completely frameless, the SOLON panels are bonded to the Trisomet 333 insulated panel, using the unique SOLbond adhesive system, specifically developed for use with Colorcoat Prisma. This avoids dirt and water traps and provides efficient natural wash down through rainfall. Crucially, the frameless system minimises the weight on the panel and structure, compared to other roof-mounted PV systems. There is no requirement for fasteners to penetrate the roof. The system is available in a range of solid and metallic finishes in Colorcoat Prisma, surpassing the requirements of EN 10169:2010 and providing outstanding colour retention and corrosion resistance. Deeside Leisure Centre " A low cost solution to achieving Government targets, Colorcoat Renew SC is primarily suited to buildings where ventilated, fresh air is used to deliver space heating. It is a highly efficient renewable energy system that can be fitted to any building, new build or retro-fit, with a requirement for space heating during the day. " It consists of a perforated Colorcoat Prisma collector that absorbs and captures the sun's energy and converts it into useable, clean, green heat. The combined solution of SOLON SOLbond Integra PV and Colorcoat Prisma gives clients a guarantee of up to 25 years. Tata Steel says that Trisomet 333 PV System is a landmark product, in that the PV panel is as intrinsic a part of the system as the insulation or the substrate. As such, it represents the second generation of solar roofing, moving from retrofitting of panels, with all the problems that may entail, to a more bespoke, seamless solution. www.tatasteelconstruction.com/ activesolutions Tata Steel Enquiry 11 For more information on Architectural News visit www.specificationonline.co.uk-

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