As the UK sweats through an unprecedented heat wave, the firm 3ti presents its Papilio3, a “pop-up mini solar car park and EV charging hub,” as a timely reminder of how the power of the sun can be harnessed to address the climate crisis.
3ti’s Papilio3 is built around a recycled shipping container, and the company says it can be deployed within 24 hours. The system includes EV charge points with charging capacities of 7, 11 and 22 kW, along with solar electricity generation and battery energy storage with a capacity of up to 250 kWh.
The company installed a prototype in May at Surrey Research Park.
“Yield from our first Papilio3 unit has already topped 4.86 MWh, and all 12 charging points have been in regular use,” says Tim Evans, 3ti founder and CEO. “In June, just one of our customer sites produced 290 MWh from a 2.2 MWp solar array. At current prices that’s over £65,000 worth of electricity. Papilio3 will play a prominent role in decarbonizing the UK transport sector with scalable technology that is easily deployed as a workplace and destination charging solution.”
The company raised £500,000 in a crowdfunding round in June, which it will use to accelerate the roll-out of Papilio3 and to expand the 3ti team. Another round, on the Crowdcube platform, closes on July 31.