Study reveals robotic parking saves energy

An independent report, recently conducted by engineering and environmental consultant Waterman Group, has revealed that compared to a conventional multi-storey car park, a robotic parking system contributes significantly in reducing CO2 emissions and reducing the impact on the environment.
Watermans transportation, building services, and energy and environmental consultancy teams were all involved in the study carried out on the Skypark Robotic Parking System (SRPS), which concluded that compared to a conventional car park, the SRPS:

consumes up to 98% less energy during operation;
saves up to 83% in energy costs; and
contributes to a total reduction of CO2 emissions of up to 86%.

Watermans report also indicated that an SRPS has the potential to achieve zero carbon, with the elimination of vehicle emissions and use of renewable electrical energy. As the SRPS uses electrically powered robots (a computerised systems of pallets, lifts and carriers) to automatically park and retrieve cars, the travel distances for vehicles within a SRPS are reduced, meaning that vehicle emissions such as CO2, NOx and PM10 can be reduced by up to 100%. Further reductions in CO2 are also possible through the use of renewable electrical energy from Low or Zero Carbon generation facilities.

Furthermore, in the examples considered as part of the review it was established that by using an SRPS as opposed to a conventional multi-storey car park there is a potential for landowners to gain an additional 12 LEED credits.

Colin Barksby, Director, Sky Parks Projects commented: We were very pleased with the findings of Watermans report as it proves beyond doubt that an SRPS can provide an environmentally friendly solution to car parking. We felt that it was important to have an independent study completed as previous studies have only considered vehicle emissions and arguably would not stand up to scrutiny.

Dave Cameron, Director, Waterman commented: Car parking presents significant problems for many city and town centre developments. SRPS provides a more sustainable option and the space saved can be used to increase the financial return from the site.
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