SWARCO – Integrated solar, storage and
EV charging, Cross Hands

Overview

eSmart Networks partnered with SWARCO to deliver one of their smart charging projects, for Carmarthenshire County Council and the Welsh Government. Together, our teams designed, engineered and delivered an innovative solution for the connection and construction of an integrated solar carport, battery storage and EV charging hub in the village of Cross Hands off the major A48 highway.

Challenge

  • Combined installation of solar PV, battery storage and EV charger technologies on one site.
  • A project scope change was required to include on site drainage to minimise the impact on exisiting infrastructure.
  • There were existing HV and LV DNO cables buried at shallow depths passing through the middle of the hub site carriageway area.
  • A commercial solution was required to provide concession operation of the infrastructure.

Solution

We designed and installed bespoke low voltage equipment to control and manage the interface between the combined technologies.

SUDs (sustainable drainage system) installed to minimise the effects on the local infrastructure and be environmentally beneficial.

Using our NERS accreditation we completed all diversion works ourselves, ensuring a smooth end-to-end service for our customers.

We integrated SWARCO and eSmart PM and delivery teams to ensure seamless implementation and handover to the SWARCO network operation and support teams.

Outcome

SWARCO are a global ITS brand, trusted with EV infrastructure operations across the UK since 2010, with over 10000 CPs installed and operated.  Quality and reliability are the foundation of the SWARCO Smart Charging brand and eSmart Networks provided meticulous project management and solutions to site challenges when scope changes were required.

We worked closely with the SWARCO project manager throughout and this alongside our full turn-key solution as both Principle Contractor and Designer ensured a successful final project delivery.

Summary

  • Designed and engineered bespoke connection solution
  • New 11kV HV connection for the site
  • Install IDNO specification 11kV substation complete with WPD RMU, 1000 kVA TX & LV ACB
  • Design and install bespoke 1,600A LV Distribution panel, base & enclosure
  • Connection of Solar PV canopy
  • Installation and connection of battery storage system
  • Formation of hard standing area for the charging facility
  • Installation of x1 150kW chargers, and 4x 50kW chargers
  • Construction of a picnic area and landscaping
  • Full testing and comissioning of intallation
  • HV and LV DNO cable diversion
  • SUDs blanket drainage design

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Quality and reliability are the foundation of our brand and it is critical that our supply chain partners have the same values and customer focus.  We are pleased to have worked with eSmart Networks on this project, their responsiveness and expertise enabled us to design, adapt and build a reliable charging hub for Carmarthenshire’s communities, businesses and visitors.

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