Renewable Energy News | Uni-Solar Brings 300 kW Online to Luxemburg
The largest solar photovoltaic (PV) system in Europe using triple-junction thin-film has been announced by Uni-Solar. The massive 300-kW ground-mounted array came online in Luxemburg.
The solar PV array, consisting of 2,574 Uni-Solar panels (model US-116) divided into six sub-arrays of approximately 50 kW each, is mounted on a slope behind the "Copal" supermarket in Grevenmacher, Luxemburg. The system takes advantage of favorable net-metering arrangements and feds power into the utility grid.
Uni-Solar designed the system and supplied the majority of the hardware required for system installation. The system was developed by Solarpower S.A., a company specializing in developing funding for renewable energy projects, especially for PV systems, in Luxemburg.
"We are very pleased to work with Uni-Solar Ovonic to showcase the largest triple-junction amorphous silicon photovoltaic array in Europe," said Mike Hein, Solarpower S.A. "We look forward to many further applications of these attractive products."
"Our robust and flexible thin-film solar cells are applicable to both roof-top and ground-mounted systems," said Stanford R. Ovshinsky, president and CEO of ECD Ovonics and chairman and CEO of Uni-Solar Ovonic. "This demonstration highlights our capability for designing and delivering complex PV systems."
Differing from the traditional crystalline technology, which typically utilizes heavy, glass-mounted panels, the Uni-Solar system solutions are flexible, durable, lightweight and easy to install.
"Independent studies in Europe and elsewhere have shown that our triple-junction products deliver more energy per rated power than the conventional crystalline products," said Subhendu Guha, president and chief operating officer of Uni-Solar Ovonic. "This is one of the unique features of our solution that gives a greater value to the customer."