Floating solar park starts commercial operations in Germany

Jun 22, 2020 06:34 PM ET
  • Designer 7C Solarparken has actually deployed a 729 kW floating system on a lake near Salzwedel. Power trader Next Kraftwerke will incorporate power produced at the site into its virtual nuclear power plant.
Floating solar park starts commercial operations in Germany
Image: Solar WO Engineering GmbH

Solar designer 7C Solarparken has stimulated its first floating PV system in Germany, on a lake near Salzwedel, in the eastern region of Lower Saxony.

The Association of Municipal Water Supply and also Wastewater Treatment Salzwedel makes use of the lake as a temporary water shop-- a feature which does not affect procedure of the PV system. With solar modules covering around 6,800 m2, the PV system has a generation capacity of 729 kW.

The floating range was set up by Solar WO Engineering with components from Chinese producer Longi and string inverters from Huawei. The floating structures were supplied by French specialist Ciel & Terre as well as German power investor Next Kraftwerke will incorporate generation from the plant into its digital nuclear power plant utilizing a method interface.

Plastic mounting frameworks keep nearly 2,000 modules afloat and include a bridge on which wires linking the system to the power grid have actually been put. A bespoke support style, with 43 steel cable televisions affixed to the bank, makes sure the system remains in area, with the fastening system likewise taking wind as well as snow loads right into account.

"The building and construction of the plant went very smoothly as well as we also believe that the setup is fairly simple to maintain," stated 7C Solarparken chief executive Steven De Proost.

Although Germany has actually seen restricted floating solar deployment to date, large plans are being laid to install PV on bodies of water at previous coal mining sites.

A research by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems for renewables developer Baywa re computed lignite open-cast fish ponds in Germany could organize 56 GW of floating PV ability.

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