Picktricity Installs Thin-Film Panels on Petroleum Tanks

The pilot program unfolded in South Portland, Maine, at one of Sprague’s terminals. The two firms are now considering offering the technology to other terminal operators throughout the country.
Picktricity CEO Kevin Maloney and Glendon hold one of the solar panels applied to Sprague’s South Portland, Maine, terminal tank.
Picktricity CEO Kevin Maloney and Glendon hold one of the solar panels applied to Sprague’s South Portland, Maine, terminal tank.

Sprague Operating Resources, a Sprague Resources subsidiary, has joined forces with Massachusetts-based installer of thin-film solar panels Picktricity in a project meant to reduce emissions and save money by applying the adhesive solar panels to one of Sprague’s tanks in South Portland, Maine. Initially, Picktricity had approached Sprague with the offer in 2017.

Sprague was the first to bring ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel to the Northeast in 2000 and the first BQ9000 biodiesel-certified marketer in the country. The company’s thin-film panels feature increased flexibility and reduced weight compared with traditional panels. Moreover, they can be applied directly to flat surfaces. The two firms are now discussing about offering the technology to other terminal operators throughout the U.S.

“We put the panels on a typical storage tank to see if we could use our existing assets to generate energy savings while enhancing our sustainability efforts,” said Jay Leduc, director of sustainability at Sprague, in prepared remarks. “With the pilot project generating annual savings, we are excited to roll this out on many more of our tanks and take advantage of greater savings and possible revenue generation.”

“Many of the options available allow terminal owners to receive power savings and environmental benefits without the requirement of capital investment,” added David Glendon, president & CEO of Sprague. “Throughout our history, we’ve enjoyed success adapting our products and services to the evolving energy needs of our customers. Sustainable energy solutions, whether they are adding biofuels or renewable diesel, supporting wind installations, or providing turnkey solar solutions, simply make sense.”

Image courtesy of Sprague Energy