BP fuels petrol stations via solar energy

BP fuels petrol stations via solar energy
Melanie Reynolds The first solar powered petrol station in London was opened by BP Amoco yesterday (Tuesday) which also announced plans for the worldwide roll-out of its solar energy project. The project will involve installing solar panels on the canopies of new service stations in 11 countries including the UK. The company already has 19 installations worldwide. ‘The expansion will make us into one of the world’s, if not the world’s, largest users of solar power,’ said a spokeswoman. BP Amoco’s aim is to build a $1bn solar business over the next decade and increase solar power’s share of the world energy market. As part of this aim, it has acquired the remaining 50 per cent share of US solar company Solarex from its partner Enron for $45m. The acquisition will result in the company being known as BP Solarex and will include BP’s existing solar division, BP Solar. The technologies of the two companies are described as complementary and include silicon based photovoltaics and thin film technology. BP’s first solar powered petrol station will produce an output of 22.4kW. A 1kW solar cell, claims the company, saves 1 tonne of CO2 emissions. Last year BP opened a 15kW solar showcase building in Birmingham capable of supplying four energy-efficient homes.


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