The new tourist attraction Up At the O2 is based at the O2 Arena Greenwich, and allows visitors to walk the length of the dome 170ft above ground level, via a walkway suspended over its canopy. An observation platform enables climbers to enjoy spectacular 360-degree views of the capital and its many landmarks which now includes 98 Jetion Solar PV panels on both the North and South pavilions on the dome!
The O2 building, a well known London landmark and one of the worlds most individual contemporary structures required:
8160kWhs and 4136kg CO2 saving on the North Pavilion
9520kWhs and 5036kg CO2 saving on the South Pavilion
Both new developments were designed as the entry and exit building for the new dome roofwalk which had to be completed a month before the arrival of the 2012 Olympics tourists.With both the North and South Pavilion of the O2 building having great visual impact, the panels would be seen on ground level and from above on the newly developed roofwalk. It was therefore essential that the solar design fitted to the strict O2 design requirements and be aesthetically pleasing.
The O2 Project was sub contracted to Rayotec by ISG Construction Ltd in May 2012. Once winning the project, with only 2 weeks before starting works and only 2 weeks to complete, the company were supplied with the final roof drawings; a design that was different to what was originally provided -the original design of the saw tooth roof was such that created great shading issues. It meant that to achieve the specified requirements, a greater number of panels would be required, which simply, the available roof space would not allow meaning the system would need to be re-designed with the involvement of Rayotec solar engineers. After great works on SAP and structural advice, the solution included a change in the angle of the saw tooth roof to 10 degrees and a different panel model. According to SAP, these new changes meant that both the kWhrs and CO2 saving were achieved in line with the specifications.
Once the system was designed to the correct specifications, Rayotec then had the task of completing the installation and commissioning the system within two weeks, which the company's engineers did with even several days to spare!
Such a famous UK landmark that sources some of its energy from renewables, will display to the world that UK businesses are committed to reducing their carbon footprint and doing their part for sustainable energy for the future. The O2 with its enormous entertainment facilities and restaurants and therefore high electricity consumption, has always been a building design that is keen to raise awareness about sustainability whether it be from recycling or through its newest addition renewable energy. This PV system will be seen by millions who visit the dome from all over the world and advertise that UK is doing their part for a green future.
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