Waste King benefits from a dose of its own environmentally friendly medicine

Waste King is taking its own advice as far as being environmentally friendly is concerned.

The specialist collections, clearance and recycling company that focuses on providing a highly environmentally friendly service, has installed a solar panel on top of a Portakabin at its company headquarters. This solar panel charges the battery for the company’s fuel tank pump – and is set to provide Waste King with free power for this, for the foreseeable future.

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Waste King benefits from a dose of its own environmentally friendly medicine

January 28, 2019

The solar panel comprises a 30W 12V Photonic Universe solar charging kit with a 30W solar panel, automatic 5A solar charge controller and battery cable. Thehigh efficiency, waterproof 30W solar panel is designed to charge a 12V battery which is standard for powering such applications as lights, fans, water pumps and even electric fences.

“The panel’s waterproof design ensures that the panel can be used in all weather conditions – and itslong-lasting, high-efficiency, polycrystalline cells along with its sealed, aluminium frame should give us years of consistent, free power,” commented Waste King’s operations director, Andy Cattigan.

Andy’s colleague, Waste King’s managing director, Glenn Currie, said: “This initiative is working so well for us that we now have plans to install further solar panels to help us power other areas of our business, such as the store room lights."

“Waste King has built its market-leading reputation on providing a highly environmentally friendly service to all of its customers. Indeed, we guarantee to recycle 98 per cent of every load of waste that our operatives collect."

“It’s great that we can put the ‘green’ power of solar panels to work for us – as well as advocate their use by others. Indeed, if anyone is thinking of installing solar panels and would like to know more about our experience with this environmentally friendly source of energy, we’d be delighted to talk to them.”

About the solar panel kit

Solar panel specifications:

– Peak power: 30W

– Maximum power voltage: 17.5V

– Maximum power current: 1.71A

– Open circuit voltage: 21.6V

– Short circuit current: 1.85A

– Power allowance range: +/- 3%

– Dimensions: 50.5 x 44.5 x 2.5 cm

– Weight: 3.2 kg

– 4 mounting holes

– 5m of cable 1.5mm twin core cable attached

The kit includes 5A solar charge controller (not waterproof) designed to protect the 12V battery while charging it. It has an automatic cut-off to prevent over-charging and deep discharge. The controller uses Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) technology. This increases charge acceptance and prolongs the life of the battery. The solar charge controller has protection functions such as reverse current, overcharging, discharge, short circuit, reverse polarity and overheating. It can work with sealed, gel and flooded batteries. In addition, the kit includes 2m battery cable with a fuse and crocodile clips, as well as a detailed user manual.

About Waste King Ltd

A specialist collections, clearance and recycling company, Waste King serves the domestic and commercial markets. It focuses not only on providing a friendly, efficient, cost-effective service but also one which is environmentally friendly. In particular, Waste King’s uniformed, Environment Agency-licensed staff take time to ensure that the maximum amount of waste can be recycled and that all the waste it collects is disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.

Waste King was formed, in 2007, by Glenn Currie and Andy Cattigan, who had experience in sales and IT respectively and were keen to ‘do something to help the environment’.

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