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Pop-up EV charging system installed at Inverness hospital

Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, Scotland has taken delivery of a pop-up EV charging unit, installed in under eight hours and capable of charging up to 12 vehicles at a time.

The Papilio3 pop-up solar car park and electric vehicle charging hub, which has been supplied and installed by 3ti, is built around a recycled shipping container and they can be typically be installed in under eight hours.

By integrating local mains electricity with solar power, Battery Energy Storage Systems and EV charge points, the Papilio3 provides secure, consistent, clean solar energy for businesses whilst simultaneously providing low carbon, fast EV charging infrastructure for employees, suppliers, customers and the general public.

The hub is pre-fitted with a back-office billing system and is equipped with energy-saving motion sensors that automatically turn on the lights when a customer approaches. Fully operational CCTV also provides additional safety and security for the public.

The hospital have acquired the hub on a rental contract, saving on capital investment and with a solar capacity of 19.32kWp, the installed Papilio3 will generate on average 18MWh of electricity annually, equal to over 63,000 miles of EV range.

Brian Johnstone, Head of Energy, Environment and Sustainability at NHS Highland, said: ‘As part of our commitment to supporting the delivery of healthcare in the future, we understand that our environmental responsibilities go beyond our own services.

‘As an organisation, we are looking to develop innovative ways to harness electricity and utilise renewable energy on-site which Papilio3 is a great example of. With the introduction of Papilio3, NHS Highland is now better positioned to support patients, staff and visitors with EVs at Raigmore. We hope that this investment in EV infrastructure helps to convince others to make the switch over to zero-emission vehicles.’

Shaun Wightman-Smith, Business Development Manager at 3ti, commented: “We are proud to deliver another Papilio3, adding to our growing portfolio of applications, this time in the Scottish Highlands. The location of our latest installation showcases the impressive capability of our innovative solar car park, which is designed to provide EV charging infrastructure and reduce grid dependency to a range of facilities in different locations in the UK. ”

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