Voltwerk Builds Solar Energy Park with Thin Film Technology

Solar modules with a total power output of 1.7 megawatts (MW) will be installed this summer on five hectares of a plant site in Germany that may become one of the world’s biggest solar energy parks with thin-film technology.

Voltwerk AG of Hamburg has commissioned SunTechnics GmbH to build the solar power plant in the Bavarian town of Mering, to the south of Augsburg. Solar modules based on thin-film technology generate more energy, particularly on cloudy days and at dawn and dusk, the release states. They also deliver better results than silicon modules at high temperatures. For times like these, when there is a shortage of silicon, availability is an important argument for the use of thin-film modules. 1,250-kilowatt hours (kWh) of sunlight per square meter per year can produce around 1.9 million kWh of solar power every year for the national grid, which can serve more than 500 households. “Mering is in one of the sunniest regions in Germany. We are delighted that in the new solar energy park we are now also exploiting these favorable conditions for the purpose of power generation, and thus contributing to a rising proportion of electricity from regional sources,” explains Hans-Dieter Kandler, the Mayor of Mering. The Park is expected to cost around Euro 7 million [US$8.8 million]. “The use of thin film technology enables us to meet the high demand for lucrative capital investments in the field of solar energy, and additionally to increase our project volumes,” said Nikolaus Krane, CEO of Voltwerk AG, which has subsidiaries in Germany, Spain, France and Australia.
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