Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Romag Launches Solar Powered EV Charging Stations in UK

Romag Holdings plc, the specialist manufacturer of glass and plastic composites for
renewable energy applications, announces today the development of an innovative new
product that will provide solar generated power for electric vehicles.

Romag’s ‘PowerPark’ is a solar car parking canopy made of PowerGlaz PV panels that will be
targeted for car parks at airports, stations, supermarkets, shopping centres, offices and
public buildings including sports and leisure facilities.. The canopy generates electricity which
can be sold into the national grid as well as charging electric vehicles. This initiative has been
spurred by Government encouragement to demonstrate that the infrastructure is being put in
place to support the manufacture of electric cars and will furthermore be beneficial to
commercial organisations when the feed in tariff is introduced in 2010.

Romag has already secured a contract with OneNE, the regional development agency, to
build two prototype ‘PowerPark’ canopies: one at its own facility in County Durham and the
other at Tegrel Engineering in Blaydon on Tyne, the manufacturers of the steel structure
utilised in the PowerPark product. Once testing is approved, PowerPark can be rolled out
initially as part of the pilot programme in the North East and then throughout the UK.

Romag also announces today that it is establishing the UK’s first Solar PV Training and
Business Centre. With financial support from OneNE, Romag will develop a facility at its
headquarters featuring both standard photovoltaic and building integrated photovoltaic
products. The Training and Business Centre will be available for hire to organisations that
wish to train people across the manufacturing industry from roofers to electricians, installers,
architects, developers and planners.

Commenting on the initiatives, Lyn Miles, Romag CEO said:

“We are extremely excited about these two projects and are positive about the benefits they
will present for the future of UK manufacturing and climate change, particularly in the North
East. Both the PowerPark and the training centre are being developed to ensure that the
infrastructure and expertise is in place to allow UK companies to readily respond to the
potential increase in demand for solar powered microgeneration within the UK market which
will be accelerated by the feed-in tariff.”

Visit Romag's website here

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