A new solar carport has just been launched in the UK from a company called Romag Holdings, a firm that produces "specialist transparent composites" including laminated photovoltaic panels. Called PowerParks, these carports would act as a shelter and charging point for electric vehicles. Each unit has a peak output of 150 kilowatts. When there's nothing plugged in to the PowerPark, the solar power is fed back into the grid, so the energy collected is never wasted.

So far, there's only one PowerPark installation at Romag's corporate headquarters, but that's likely to change in the near future. According to the company, supermarket chains, schools, airports, train stations, hospitals and commercial office buildings all around the world have all shown an interest in the units. There's even a chance that the solar canopy could make its way across the pond and into the United States. At this point, pricing isn't set in stone but is reportedly comparable to other photovoltaic solutions.

[Source: Wired]

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