Swiss Satellites Repurposed: Solar Powerhouse in the Alps

Oct 20, 2023 04:01 PM ET
  • Use obsolete satellite antennas to generate clean energy - Discover how two Swiss companies in the town of Leuk are repurposing these antennas into giant solar panels. Each one can provide 25 households with power and measures 32 meters in diameter. Located 1,000 meters above sea level for optimal sunlight, this project could help offset the predicted 50 terawatt hour energy shortfall in Switzerland.
Swiss Satellites Repurposed: Solar Powerhouse in the Alps

Two Swiss companies in the town of Leuk in the Valais canton are repurposing obsolete satellite antennas into giant solar panels, taking advantage of Switzerland's mountainous terrain to generate green energy. One antenna can meet the energy needs of 25 households and measures 32 meters (105 ft) in diameter. It is located some 1,000 meters above sea level to receive an optimal level of sunlight, even in winter. This project could help to alleviate a future energy shortfall of 50 terawatt hours of electricity per year in Switzerland as predicted by Axpo Group, Switzerland's largest producer of renewable energy.

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  • The project is estimated to generate enough energy to power 25 households annually
  • It is estimated to create savings of up to 50% of electricity costs for the 25 households
  • The project is estimated to cost around CHF 500,000 for a 32 meter diameter antenna
  • In the Valais canton, it is estimated that up to six antennas could be fitted into the mountainous terrain
  • This project is part of the Axpo Group’s plan to reduce the future energy shortfall of 50 terawatt hours of electricity per year in Switzerland
  • The project will be used in conjunction with other renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, and hydroelectric power
  • The project team aims to create a cost-effective and sustainable source of energy for Swiss households
  • The antenna is designed to capture optimal levels of sunlight, even during the winter months
  • It is estimated that the project could provide renewable energy for up to 150 households, potentially creating significant savings for those households
Source:
reuters.com

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