- UK’s first electric aircraft charging point has been installed at the East Anglian airfield
- This is also Europe’s first solar-powered electric aircraft charging point
- The charging port has 33 Q.PEAK DUO L-G8 Q CELLS solar modules installed on top of the hangar
- The modules are made with Q CELLS’ proprietary, patent-protected passivation technology Q.ANTUM
- Q.ANTUM technology helps deliver greater long-term yield security and long-lasting, low maintenance performance
The UK gets its first electric aircraft charging point at the East Anglian airfield, thanks to the collaboration between the Old Buckenham Airfield in the UK, electric light aircraft company Nuncats, and solar company Hanwha Q Cells
This unit, installed by renewable energy developer Renenergy for Nuncats, is not just the inaugural electric plant port in the country, but is also Europe’s first solar-powered electric aircraft charging point, claimed Q Cells, which has provided 33 solar modules that are installed on top of the hangar. These modules provide solar power to a specially adapted Zenith 750 aircraft – or ‘electric sky jeep.’
From a climate change perspective, electric aircrafts should play a role in the transport sector in the future. With the first solar-powered charging portal, aircrafts get some wind beneath the wings. Nuncats’ co-founder Tim Bridge hopes that the installation can serve as a launchpad for further electrification of the skies – powered by solar energy.
Q Cells’ Q.Peak Duo L-G8 module series come with a module efficiency rate of up to 20.3% and a 25-year performance warranty (For the highest efficient commercial solar modules check our monthly TaiyangNews Top Modules listing).
Head of Sales for Q Cells UK Ross Kent said, “Solar power has torn down all sorts of barriers to sustainable progress over the past few years, and the aviation industry is next in its sights. The capacity of solar to change the landscape of light aircraft transportation is vast, and Q CELLS is therefore delighted to have partaken in this unique pilot project with Nuncats that we hope will be quickly scaled up to begin meeting the needs of remote communities around the world – affordably and efficiently.”
Q Cells has just launched 2 new variants of its Q.Peak Duo series, with larger wafer size for European market (see Q Cells Launches New Modules For Europe).