3ti, the UK’s leading designer, installer, funder and operator of Solar Car Parks (SCPs), has completed the installation of three pop-up solar car parks with integrated electric vehicle (EV) charging at the iconic Silverstone racetrack. The Papilio3 charging hubs have been custom branded specifically for Silverstone and are in position ahead of one of the biggest weekends in British motorsport to provide sustainable EV charging for visitors and staff as part of its Shift to Zero strategy.
Papilio3 combines local mains power with solar panels, a battery and EV charge points, allowing businesses to deploy 12 fast charge points in one go. Combining the three technologies, alongside 3ti’s smart charging and intelligent electrical load management system, offers a range of benefits, including optimising the speed and carbon intensity of EV charging and providing grid balancing.
Made using recycled shipping containers, Papilio3 is installed with just under 20kWp of solar capacity and can fast charge 12 EVs at 7, 11 or 22kW. One of the three units at Silverstone will be enhanced by 1MW of energy supplied from an existing solar array on the roof of the Wing International Conference and Exhibition Centre.
Stuart Pringle, Managing Director of Silverstone, said: “Our Shift to Zero initiative is well underway as we strive to
improve sustainability across the venue. We are always looking at ways to further reduce our carbon footprint, and installing solar-powered EV charging was an obvious step. We were drawn to Papilio3 because of the speed at which the solution could be deployed and the number of charge points immediately available for use by staff and visitors. We can’t wait to see the solar car parks in full use as we head into our busiest period.”
Papilio3 was launched in May 2022to boost the rollout of Britain’s EV charging infrastructure and help decarbonise the transport sector. Designed and manufactured in the UK, Papilio3 can be installed in less than 24 hours, requiring minimal groundwork and no new grid connection, making it the ideal solution for workplace and destination charging. 3ti has achieved wide recognition for its work, winning several highly coveted awards, including a recent win for Innovation at the British Renewable Energy Awards.
Andrew Troop, Sales Director at 3ti, adds: “The UK urgently needs more widespread EV charging infrastructure, and we would encourage more businesses to take Silverstone’s lead by installing charging onsite. We are passionate about helping our customers achieve their sustainability targets via the use of planet-friendly solar power as we transition towards a better future of electric mobility and sustainable fuels. Papilio3 is a rapidly deployable, simple to install solution that can genuinely fast-track an organisation’s progress to reducing their carbon footprint and those of their staff and visitors.”
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Notes to Editors
3ti is the UK’s leading designer, installer, funder and operator of Solar Car Parks (SCPs). 3ti has a unique three technology (“3t”) approach to generating renewable energy from car parks.
By integrating local mains electricity with solar power, Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) and EV charge points, 3ti 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.
3ti is passionate about renewable energy and believes that providing low carbon EV charging infrastructure is the key to decarbonising the transport sector.
Solar energy from car parks is a low cost, low carbon and innovative way to power buildings and EV chargers, enabling customers to generate their own renewable energy and work towards achieving net zero emissions.
The 3ti team is responsible for the two largest SCPs in the UK, at Bentley Motors, Crewe and JP Morgan Chase, Bournemouth, is working on multi-site projects for the Ministry of Defence, and has already installed around 10 MWp of solar PV across some 2,500 parking spaces around the country.