This has been a busy week for Pramac at The Building Centre, with their Press launch taking place on Wednesday followed by a clients’ evening and today our Information Team were given an introduction to their products by Neil Durno.
Neil Durno, National Sales Manager, introduced the Pramac company with some expert assistance from Pascal Verriere Managing Director of Pramac in EMEA (Western Europe, Middle East and Northern Asia). The company has grown in fifteen years from production in a single factory to now owning six in Europe and USA. The company has expanded from manufacturing pallet trucks to portable generators which is still a thriving part of their business. Four years ago Philippe Starck approached them with his design for a micro wind turbine after many modifications to the design in 2010 a final design was presented. It was three years ago that Pramac started to produce solar photovoltaic panels establishing themselves as a major player in the production of renewables.
Despite the the major cut in the feed-in tariff Neil said that he believed there was a bright future for investment in renewables, primarily because of pressure on businesses to reduce their huge energy bills. The large roofs of superstores and warehouses are ideal locations for solar panels. Also remote farm buildings which are off-grid can be supplied with electricity powered by their own solar panels. The main advantage of Pramac’s pv panels over those of other manufacturers is that they employ the combined technologies of amphorous thin film and crystalline cells. This enables the solar panels to absorb a wider spectrum of radiation enabling panels to be mounted in east and west facing directions, either horizontally, sloping or vertically. The result of this flexibility is 18% more efficiency, guaranteeing a faster return on investment. They are also suitable for marine locations where many other brands are not. This makes them an attractive proposition for providing electricity to holiday lets, hotels and amenity lighting for public areas, seafront promenades and marinas.
Pramac’s renewables provide power for lighting, heating, cooling and cooking at their MotoGP team’s hospitality suite.
Some of the advantages of the Pramac Vertical Turbines over the conventional horizontally mounted type are that they are easier to maintain, their lightweight construction enables them to be activated by lighter winds at lower heights; they are also virtually silent in operation and being Starck designed are of pleasing appearance and ideally suited to urban locations.
Neil stressed how important it is to Pramac to support the installer and described the various mounting options. He also said how critical quality components are to Pramac and it was good to see them flying the flag for UK glass company Pilkington. Quality too is of utmost importance. Five production quality checks are carried out and random sampling ensuring, safety, quality and reliability.
Neil told us that launching Pramac‘s London Showroom here at The Building Centre is the culmination of a two year venture to bring Pramac to a target London audience from their UK headquarters in Wales.
Like many of our other successful exhibitors Pramac plan to use The Building Centre as their London base and will be inviting clients to see their products on show here.