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BAE Systems to equip two shipyards in Glasgow with solar panels

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul8,2024

BAE Systems to equip two shipyards in Glasgow with solar panels

BAE Systems is preparing several major steps towards sustainable development – the company plans to install large solar panels at two of its main shipyards in Glasgow. After receiving approval for its factory in the Scotston district, it submitted a similar proposal for its shipyard in Hovan.

About three years ago, BAE Systems set an ambitious goal – by 2030, it wants to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions at all its enterprises. In this way, the manufacturer joined global efforts to combat climate change and the UN Race to Zero campaign.

In 2022, the company's ten largest facilities accounted for 42% of total energy consumption. To meet the chosen path, BAE Systems has focused on the purchase of renewable energy as well as the development of electricity supply from renewable sources on site. This will allow enterprises to reduce indirect emissions of greenhouse gases.

Yes, the shipyard in Scotstown is preparing for an upgrade – the city authorities granted permission to equip this facility with Vertex S backsheet monocrystalline modules. According to the specs, these panels have an impressive 21.8% efficiency and can produce up to 435W each. The first stage, which will start this year, provides for the installation of 12 thousand m² solar panels capable of generating 1 MW of energy. This installation will be positioned to absorb as much sunlight as possible.

Govan Shipyard will also install solar panels, but Meyer Burger White. Designed in Switzerland and manufactured in Germany, these high-efficiency panels use advanced SmartWire connection technology for optimal efficiency. A similar modernization is planned for the shipyard this year – installation of 11 thousand m² panels. They will stand on six roof sections, facing both west and east, to capture light throughout the day.

Under BAE Systems' plan, by 2026 the solar panels on the Glasgow site should generate around 4 MW of electricity. By the way, it meets the basic energy needs of the region. It is also assumed that the new inverter technology will optimize the production of electricity from each solar module. It will produce 25% more energy than typical systems.

These upgrades will not only reduce carbon emissions and energy costs, but also create new jobs in the installation stages. In addition to solar power, BAE Systems is exploring other ways to reduce its carbon footprint. The company is going to decarbonize heating systems, increase the energy efficiency of buildings, install LED lighting and expand the use of electric cars. Also, improving the electricity metering infrastructure will help to more effectively manage energy consumption at all Clyde enterprises.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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