Swiss utility Axpo has constructed a PV system contained in the dish of a disused satellite tv for pc run by data-center operator Leuk TDC. Satellite tv for pc dishes can be utilized to provide solar energy, as they are often flexibly aligned to the solar.
From pv magazine Germany
CKW, a unit of Swiss utility Axpo, has put in PV modules within the dish of a disused satellite tv for pc operated by Leuk TDC in Leuk, Switzerland.
Satellite tv for pc dishes are concept for photo voltaic as a result of they are often flexibly aligned to the solar. As well as, hardly any snow sticks to the modules. The power in Leuk is 1,000 meters above sea stage, and thus above the fog line. This ensures greater yields, even in winter.
The photo voltaic system within the satellite tv for pc dish will provide round 110,000 kWh of electrical energy per 12 months. One other system on the roof of the info heart will provide an extra 550,000 kWh per 12 months.
Leuk TDC needs to equip two extra satellite tv for pc dishes with photo voltaic. It has already obtained a constructing allow for certainly one of them, and set up is ready to start subsequent spring. The corporate goals to run its knowledge facilities virtually solely on renewable power sooner or later, together with hydropower.
CKW put in the techniques underneath a contracting mannequin, so Leuk TDC will obtain the electrical energy for a set contract interval at a set value. CKW additionally handles upkeep. On the finish of the contract interval, the plant will belong to Leuk TDC. Beneath this mannequin, the corporate is shielded from value fluctuations within the electrical energy markets, with out having to put money into its personal tasks.
There may be huge untapped potential within the photo voltaic sector in Switzerland, notably with ground-mounted techniques in mountainous areas. “We additionally wish to more and more implement large-scale techniques within the alpine space, as a result of they’re extra environment friendly and might even produce extra electrical energy in winter than in summer time,” says CKW CEO Martin Schwab.