JLR embraces solar thermal

Oventrop has been heavily involved with Arup, Interserve and NG Bailey to design, using OVSOL and TSOL software; supply and install seven complete solar thermal domestic hot water preheating systems for the new Jaguar Land Rover i54 facility, a £500 million Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton England.

In total, the manufacturing halls house over 120m2 of OKF CK22 flat panel on roof solar thermal collectors, complete with HSK – SLS Hygienic Pre-Heat Storage Vessels; DN32 Pumpsets; Regtronic Solar Controls; Hydrocontrol STR balancing valves; Tyfocor solar fluid; Sontex Supercal 449 Heat Meters; Mapress Pipe System and Specialist Ejot roof fixings

Oventrop developed the specification with Arup offices around the UK including, London, Birmingham and Nottingham. Once specified, we worked closely with the M&E contractors Interserve and NG Bailey; and main contractors Interserve and Vinci, to deliver the landmark project for Jaguar Land Rover.  As part of the sub-contract, we installed and commissioned all of the equipment above, up to and including the preheat cylinders.

The car company says the official opening of the award-winning, state-of-the-art factory marks "a seminal moment" in its history, as it embarks on manufacturing engines in-house for the first time in a generation.

The factory will be home to the 'Ingenium' engine family, which will power a new generation of JLR products designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK, starting with the two-litre diesel engine in the Jaguar XE.

When operating at full capacity, it will employ 1,400 people with a further 5,500 jobs created in the supply chain where production of these engines will help provide a critical mass for inward investment.

The facility is the latest demonstration of Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to supporting the UK's burgeoning manufacturing industry.

Jaguar Land Rover is the only automotive manufacturer granted all three Royal as 'Manufacturers of Motor Vehicles, By Appointment' from; HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales.