Meyer Burger factory could equip 10-GW floating solar complex - report
Image by Meyer Burger (www.meyerburger.com).
May 13 (Renewables Now) - Swiss solar technology company Meyer Burger Technology (SWX:MBTN) hopes to build a photovoltaics (PV) factory and manufacture the heterojunction panels for what could be a 10-GW floating solar power complex in Germany.
Gunter Erfurt, president and CEO of Meyer Burger, recently told German broadcaster Radio Ruhr that the company could establish high-efficiency solar module production in North Rhine-Westphalia. The western German state is home to the Hambach open-cast coal mine, which, once closed, could accommodate a huge solar park, according to Erfurt.
The project would be realised on the surface of the lake that remains following the closure of the mine. It can thus use existing infrastructure.
An exact location for Meyer Burger’s PV factory has not been identified yet.
The floating solar project has received support from Uwe Rau, director of the Institute for Energy and Climate Research at the Forschungszentrum Juelich research centre. Rau told the radio that the plan is "absolutely feasible".