The new product which consists of a stable base capable of carrying two 320w solar panels does not require any additional infrastructure to install. It can be moved using pallet forks and the hollow body can be filled with water to offer additional stability in locations where there may be a concern regarding high winds. It also features a compartment suitable for storing batteries and power management equipment. Multiple frames may also be linked to create a portable array of panels.
Dr Mark McCourt, Queen’s University Belfast, said:
‘We were delighted at QUB to be able to support the team at Platinum Tanks with the development of this innovative new product which will not only sustain the future growth of the company, but will provide a large number of benefits for the agricultural sector both locally and globally.
Dr John Harrison, South West College, added:
‘Platinum Tanks have demonstrated with this new launch the importance of the Renewable Engine Programme and is an exemplar of the achievements of the programme over the past five years. As the programme lead, South West College is very proud to have supported the development of this innovative solution which will further promote sustainability and sustainable practice within the agriculture for generations to come.’
The Renewable Engine Programme was supported with €6.1 million funding through the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. Match-funding has been provided by the Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland and Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Ireland.