Ever since the Construction Wales Innovation Centre (located in the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Innovation Quarter, Swansea) appointed us to design and build this facility, the whole team at Sero have been lining up to get involved.
Whilst on campus in Swansea the space will be used to demonstrate and compare how carbon reducing technologies can be used in both new build and retrofit.
The most exciting part of this project is that it is fully mobile, and we can’t wait to take this show on the road! We have lots of plans, from visiting other educational facilities and campus’, to visiting trade shows, new housing developments and maybe even the occasional builders’ merchants. To not only show what current technologies are available, but how multiple technologies can work in harmony with one another via the Sero Intelligent Energy System, potentially speeding up any homes pathway to Net Zero.
We will demonstrate PV, cutting edge Solar Glass, Underfloor Heating, and the facility will include:
- A Ground Source Heat Pump
- An Air Source Heat Pump
- Battery Storage and EV Charging
- 2 Hot water cylinders, one where you can choose and monitor how much water is heated at any time.
- A Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery Unit.
- Plus loads more!
Not only have we managed to squeeze all this technology into the facility, which is basically two homes worth of tech, but most of the equipment will be operational allowing students and academic partners to carry out research using our advanced data and environmental monitoring. Information that is currently being rolled out across Sero new build sites, and across Wales through the Optimised Retrofit collaboration.
Gareth Evans, Head of CWIC said: “Construction has a significant role to play in ensuring we meet decarbonisation targets, at CWIC see that more and more of the workforce need focused support as our construction industry makes a significant drive towards net zero. Our innovative Know your Power module is set to become a valued asset for construction students and the industry alike, ensuring that trades and professions of all experiences pan-Wales have an opportunity to feel confident and capable working within a changing world of net zero technology and practices.”
The main chassis is nearly finished and over the coming weeks the facility will be assembled, and the technologies installed. Our current aim is that it will be onsite and fully operational ready for students returning after their Christmas break.
The journey won’t stop there. Once on campus additional fabric demonstrations will be built into the unit and the digital tools will be under a rolling development as the users experiment with the technology.
There are exciting plans for how the space will develop into an immersive and interactive experience, and we are even hoping to include Augmented Reality in the future allowing visitors and learners to see what’s happening within the many technologies on show.
We can’t wait to share more information and sneak peeks as the project develops so, please watch this space.
For our future,
A very excited Team Sero