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A product above car park can be configured to become a 

  • Office

  • Studio

  • Cafe / Bar

  • Community 

The ZEDhub - Mixed-use Pod

The ZED.hub is designed around the idea of providing a climate neutral and comfortable workspace above existing parking areas with integrated zero carbon transportation.

One of the key differences between the ZED.hub and the generic office is its capability to facilitate and promote electric vehicle (EV) charging. This is partially fuelled by photovoltaic panels and lithium iron phosphate batteries installed under the access staircases. The office has a capacity for 26 EV’s in total with an office seating capacity of 17 on the first floor and 37 on the second floor.

The ZED.hub aims to explore new operation for PV electricity generation rather than the more traditional electric exportation to the grid. With the ever less attractive feed-in tariffs and emphasis on self-consumption, the ZEDhub can consume as much solar energy as possible before selling to the grid. With the help of demand side management of electricity, the ZEDhub hopes to balance storage with generation and load, modes minimising the need for investment in centralised grid power generation.

The ZEDhub Specification

• Triple glazed Rationel aluclad low maintenance windows and doors,
good acoustic performance
• Walls, roof and floor – U value 0.15 w / m2 / deg C
• Airtightness 1.5 air changes / hour @ 50 pascals test pressure
• 1 hr fire barrier to parking below
• Two access stairs offering potential for subdivision
• Shared restrooms, meeting rooms and reception areas
• Double height exhibition / gallery space
• Solar assisted air source heat pump with high COP
• No gas connection required
• 120 kWh lithium battery store
• Low temp reversible underfloor heating / cooling
• 254 No 250 watt/ peak monocrystalline BIPV PV panels
• 50 to 60 kW peak of BIPV total
• Grid connected approx 20% of year with off grid capability
• Integrated rainwater storage tanks
• No gas or fossil fuels required
• Only fresh water and pumped drainage connection needed
• Optional disabled lift
• Optional solar powered electric bike pool
• Optional solar powered car pool
• Full finance available providing local authority sign up for 25 year
lease with full system maintenance

Life expectancy 50 years – 25 years till first refurbishment
Estimated budget circa 800k
Timescale from place of order 16 weeks

The Intelligent BIPV Roof and Facade System

Roof light system (External shading system)


Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastucture 

How DC fast charging works?

Charging points proposed for the filling station will use DC
power both rectified from the grid and drawn from the lithium
iron phosphate battery bank. This will provide a charge rate
of up to 50 kWs. Although EVs do have an on-board rectifying
circuit to change AC power from the grid to DC power for
storage, cost of upgrading the circuit and thermal issues
related to rectifying high amounts of electricity limits the
charge rate. Using stationary DC charging points means the
limit to the amount of power that can be delivered is much
higher than usual, consequentially reducing charge time.
Like mobile phone companies, EV use a selection of different
sockets to deliver charge, therefore the station shall
accommodate the two main charging points to ensure most
EVs are able to charge, these include:
• CHAdeMO for Japanese EVs
• Combined charging system (CCS) for European EVs

Interior View

Filling station of the future

What is ‘the Filling station of the future’?

Electric Vehicles (EVs) have come a long way since the 1990s when the main problem facing the market was the lack of battery capacity. Now, some electric vehicles such as the affordable Nissan leaf can travel up to 155 miles of a single charge. The more recent challenge of the 21st century is being able to charge multiple EVs at once in as little time as possible. This challenge is made even harder when trying to provide green electricity to the EV making travel subsequently cleaner. Currently, EV charging points are few and far between often meaning long waits to get on to the charge point, and further waiting for the EV to charge itself.  As these charging points are connected to the grid, a large percentage of their energy is generated from burning fossil fuels, this gives current EV travel a high carbon footprint.


​The proposition of ‘the Filling station of the future’ by ZedFactory limited is the first of its kind to meet all of these challenges. With the space for 22 vehicles to charge at once, there is rarely a time in which a commuter will have to wait to receive charge. Powered partly by the buildings integrated photovoltaic panel array, the Filling station also provides a higher percentage of free low carbon energy. Like other charging points around, the Filling station shall be fitted with direct current powered fast charging points meaning customers will only need to spend 45 minutes at the station before the EV is recharged. ZEDFactory’s ‘Filling station of the future’ is built to accommodate this wait by having a café with a maximum seating capability of 60 people.

  • Option one

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