The first industrial floating solar power plant launched

Getting Environmentally Friendly RenewableEnergy is currently a priority for developers engaged in the energy industry. In Germany, in the town of Renchen, the construction of the first solar power station was completed, based on the water surface of a quarry lake and intended for industrial use. The construction project of French designers from Ciel & Terre, led by the German company Erdgas Südwest.

Construction lasted from February to Junecurrent year. The total cost of the property is not reported. The power plant in Renhen, meanwhile, will be equipped with 2.3 thousand solar panels capable of generating power up to 750 kW at peak times. Annual electricity production is expected at 736 MW Мh.

On business days, electricity generated bystation, enters the enterprise producing gravel and sand and owned by the construction concern Ossola. On weekends, electricity enters the general power distribution network and meets the needs of ordinary consumers.

The lake area is about 43 hectares, while pontoons onof which solar cells are placed, occupy about 2% of the surface (8 thousand square meters), which leaves the opportunity for further expansion of the station.

Developers from the French company Ciel & TerreAlready completed several large projects of floating solar power plants, which are put into operation. Among the leaders in installing solar panels on water in Europe, the Netherlands, Portugal, Belgium and Germany stand out.

In the vicinity of the land of Baden, in which is locatedthe town of Renchen, there are more than 150 quarry lakes that are closed for visiting for safety reasons (the depth of some quarries exceeds 60 meters). Meanwhile, the development of solar energy requires relatively large areas, which are not so easy to get in the center of Europe. The decision to place solar power stations in the closed lakes could be a promising way out of this situation.

Only one power station launched in Renchenwill make it possible to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 560 tons per year. Meanwhile, the placement of panels on the surface of the water allows you to generate 10% more energy due to the light reflected from the water.
The productivity of the station in Renchen reaches its maximum in the summer months, precisely when the Ossola concern requires the greatest amount of energy for the extraction of building materials.