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MediaCityUK Plug into GeniePoint Network

MediaCityUK Plug into GeniePoint Network

The first car at our MediaCityUK charging bays.

The first car at our MediaCityUK charging bays.

Peel Energy is delighted to announce the installation of 10 GeniePoint Network connected chargers at MediaCityUK in Manchester. The installation is the first phase of the project between Peel Energy and ChargePoint Services, to connect Peel Land and Property’s developments to the nationwide GeniePoint Network.

As a creative and digital hub, MediaCityUK, situated on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal, is home to the BBC, ITV, Kellogg’s, Ericsson and the University of Salford, as well as over 250 smaller businesses. Around 7,500 people now live and work within MediaCityUK and the installation of GeniePoint Network electric vehicle chargers will hugely increase the capacity to accommodate electric vehicle drivers visiting or based in the destination.

Alex Bamberg, managing director, ChargePoint Services, said. “Electric vehicle charging is now a critical service across the UK, EV drivers are demanding reliable, convenient charging for work, leisure and home. MediaCityUK is providing vital support to the businesses on site by offering the latest EV charging facilities at their workplace, as well as nationwide access to the most reliable rapid charging network in the UK – GeniePoint.”

With over 10,000 car parking spaces across the Peel portfolio, demand for electric vehicle charging will continue to grow across many of its developments in the UK.

Simon Wilson, Energy Development Manager for Peel Land and Property said: “Peel Energy is committed to cutting carbon emissions and since transport is one of the main emitters of carbon, we believe that electric vehicles are key to meeting the national target of reducing emissions by at least 3% a year to meet the 2050 goal of an 80% reduction of 1990 carbon emissions. We hope this infrastructure will help support the uptake of electric vehicles by making it easy and convenient for people to make the switch.”

Stephen Wild, Managing Director of MediaCityUK said: “As the first sustainable community in the world as awarded by BREEAM in 2011, we are delighted that we have been able to expand our charging points with the GeniePoint Network. We want our visitors, employees and residents to feel confident that they have a convenient and easily accessible charging service available to them at MediaCityUK.”

Drivers can simply use an RFID card or the GeniePoint Network mobile web app, to securely access the 10 22kW fast chargers which are situated on the second floor of the multi storey car park within the site.  Supported by ChargePoint Services’ 24/7 customer service centre, the chargers will provide an essential service at MediaCityUK.

Wrexham Glyndwr University meets Frodsham Wind Farm

Wrexham Glyndwr University meets Frodsham Wind Farm

The students, Muir and Michael on site.

The students, Muir and Michael on site.

Students from Wrexham Glyndwr University visited the wind farm as part of their Renewables and Sustainable Engineering programme. David Sprake, the programme Director for the University said:

 

“We had a fantastic talk by Managing Director Muir Miller and Operations Manager Michael Humphreys about the planning process the project had to undertake before approval, the engineering and construction challenges, and how this was achieved in an environmentally sensitive area that required careful management of the local habitat and wildlife”.

 

Muir and Michael gave the students a tour of the site, which included a visit to the wind farm control centre and several of the turbines. The pair were met with many interesting questions about the day-to-day running of the wind farm, as well as more technical questions about the engineering design and construction of the turbines themselves. David Sprake noted that “trips like this one help bring to life the theory we teach in the classroom.” It is clear that these students represent the future of the Renewable and Sustainable Engineering, and Peel Energy are pleased to be involved in supporting their education and development.