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F&S solar: Internationalization goes on
The German solar specialist „F&S solar“ currently conquers new markets in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. After finishing well over 1500 projects in Germany and being active in several European and oversea countries F&S Solar is proud to announce the start of their first solar project in the…Mehr anzeigen
The German solar specialist „F&S solar“ currently conquers new markets in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
After finishing well over 1500 projects in Germany and being active in several European and oversea countries F&S Solar is proud to announce the start of their first solar project in the UK.
Germany – In the past few years solar developments in Germany have lost some of its attractiveness. Therefore, big well-known German solar companies have entered the international market. Georg Schmiedel, CEO of “F&S solar” with its headquarters in Euskirchen, near Cologne, says: “In Germany F&S has created such a solid concept to build solar energy efficiently both ground-mounted as well as rooftops, that we are now pleased to announce our first project in the UK market. With the ability to build projects in a short period of time with a very select number of high quality suppliers and working closely together with banks and end investors, we have created something unique that can also be applied to the UK market”.
“We have teamed up with very experienced partners in the UK, companies and people that have a track record in delivering well performing projects safely and economically”, says Uwe Czypiorski, CTO of the company. This way we will combine our track record and experience in the German market, with specific knowledge necessary to be successful in the UK market. The Caddington project will be the first of a number of projects which the company is currently developing together with UK companies.
„We built up the English market in less than six months “ says Martin Wagner, Head of International Project Management whose company now has established a further branch “F&S solar UK” in London. Quality brings us a long way and International clients still trust the German engineering.
“The feed-in tariff in the UK makes that investors can make a good assessment of the risks and the investments suits many of our financial partners”, says Jörg Frühauf co CEO of F&S Solar. The solar farm in Caddington will have a capacity of 4.8 megawatts, this means that around 20,000 solar panels will be used on some 30 acres of land. The site will supply about 1,275 households with clean power. At the same time more than 3,000 tons of carbon dioxide can be displaced compared to the traditional power generation from for instance coal, making a contribution to protecting the environment and the climate.
The total investment for this PV installation amounts to some 5.5 Mio pounds. With costs continuing to come down and decentralized generation becoming a much more accepted form in a modern grid, Martin Wagner is sure that the real worldwide solar boom is yet to come. “We are still seeing many countries with good solar resources using fossil fuels to produce electricity.” The construction of solar parks in these countries would be very lucrative and would result in direct earnings, both economically as well as environmentally.
„Furthermore diesel engines currently produce electric energy of some 40 gigawatts worldwide. Generating it with solar energy could significantly reduce energy costs” says Uwe Czypiorski. Small island countries like Indonesia with about 11,000 small islands, for example are ideally suited for decentralized energy production.
But even in Germany solar energy is still far away from being dead. Georg Schmiedel is convinced that solar energy will become unbeatable “I expect solar energy to reach grid parity in a relative short period of time ”.
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Upon Mudbath follows Sunshine
Solar plant in Emden/North Germany supplies electricity for more than 1,000 households with solar current out of 15,000 PV modules –construction of 3.75 Megawatt power plant was executed under difficult conditions Emden – “If you find a drainage ditch in the area, where you want to build a solar plant,…Mehr anzeigen
Solar plant in Emden/North Germany supplies electricity for more than 1,000 households with solar current out of 15,000 PV modules –construction of 3.75 Megawatt power plant was executed under difficult conditions
Emden – “If you find a drainage ditch in the area, where you want to build a solar plant, you already know what you are engaging yourself in” says Jörg Frühauf with a laugh. His solar company “F&S solar” in Euskirchen leaves a big impression on the former barracks complex close to Emden in two ways. The solar plant which is being built these days comes with impressive figures: On a surface of approx. 8 hectares, 15,000 PV modules will produce a peak performance of 3,750 kW, and due to the circumstances, the F&S workers had to take care not to leave too big footprints on this area: The work had to be done on really muddy ground, as Uwe Czypiorski, CTO of F&S solar told us.
“The weather conditions were hard, due to heavy rain the ground was extremely softened. Therefore we had to act very carefully on the surface and could not use the same traces twice” says Uwe Czypiorski. Although after the new greening of the area nothing of these traces will be seen any longer. Through the expected 3,692,765 kWh of clean solar current, 2,548 tons of the climate killer carbon dioxide can be saved. With the green current produced there, 1,055 households can be supplied with solar energy.
The direction of the solar modules as well as the height of the construction below were especially designed for this solar plant. “Through this measure we are able to increase even the revenue predicted by independent institutes” says CTO Uwe Czypiorski. The installation is certified by independent authorities and approved by TÜV.
More than 110 kilometres of cable for the module wiring had to be installed and pulled, plus 9 kilometres of cable for the main power connection. The works were not only done with own assemblers, but also, as Uwe Czypiorski says, with “resident installers. And I can only praise the good cooperation with local Authorities and the Energy Suppliers of Emden”.
The location has a real good solar irradiation, and the area lies close to the highway. As soon as the solar plant is ready, it will be monitored 24 hours a day by F&S solar at its headquarters in Euskirchen. epa
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F&S solar builds 8 Megawatt Solar Plant before the gates of Anklam
Apart from waste of the Second World War, metal scrap from post-war times and ore-bearing rocks, also the weather represented special challenges in building this solar plant. Anklam – The German air pioneer Otto Lilienthal would have had fund: In front of the gates of his place of birth, in Anklam…Mehr anzeigen
Apart from waste of the Second World War, metal scrap from post-war times and ore-bearing rocks, also the weather represented special challenges in building this solar plant.
Anklam – The German air pioneer Otto Lilienthal would have had fund: In front of the gates of his place of birth, in Anklam in the North-East of Germany the solar specialist F&S solar from Euskirchen in Northrhine-Westfalia is building a top modern solar plant with a peak power of 7,900 Kilowatt. More then 32,000 top-quality modules are being used on a non-shadowed area close to the Anklam airfield, which nowadays also serves as Otto-Lilienthal-Museum. Here, one also finds the Aeronauticon, an educational and adventure garden, where kids are made familiar in a playful way with science and techniques.
On account of the airfield we had to get a blend- and a fire prevention certificate, so that it could be made sure that there will be no interferences from solar park for the air traffic“, reports the Chief Technical Officer of „F&S solar“, Uwe Czypiorski. However, the certificates were only the smaller problem, because the airfield already existed during the Second World War, and it was taken under hard bombardment by the allies. Consequently adjoining surfaces also showed a high ordnance load.
“The whole surface had to be sounded out“, according to Uwe Czypiorski. The site concerned was finally cleared from old loads by the ordnance clearance from Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. Czypiorski: „Another problem was that the people have disposed a lot of scrap metal in the bomb craters after the Second World War. The metal detector also found this kind of waste of course.“
What, however, nobody had counted on: There were also numerous ore-bearing stones which were found by the metal detector. „We had to sound out the ground very deeply and condense afterwards again in layers to guarantee the stability for the substructure of the solar park.“
And again this: While the whole of Germany experienced a relatively mild winter, just in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania they had a longer frost period partly with two-digit minus degrees which delayed the works.
Finally, in safe distance we marched behind the ordnance clearance and have mounted the sub-construction of galvanised steel and aluminium“, according to Czypiorski. However, in spite of all adversities the CTO is satisfied with the basic schedule: „We have begun in the middle of January with the construction works and could realize the technical power connection by the end of February. Already during the construction phase an investor who will take over the solar park was found. „Currently we are still occupied to connect the solar park to the main grid point two kilometres away“, according to Czypiorski. Then the solar park will save yearly 5,500 tonnes CO2 and deliver purely clean current for 2,256 households.
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Lake-Islands for Solar Park
See eagle gets two swimming islands as compensational areas for the photovoltaic installation in Winsen – more than 15,000 modules will produce nearly 3.5 Mio kilowatt-hours of green energy per year in future. Winsen (Luhe) - The fact that solar parks make sense not only with regard to the climate,…Mehr anzeigen
See eagle gets two swimming islands as compensational areas for the photovoltaic installation in Winsen – more than 15,000 modules will produce nearly 3.5 Mio kilowatt-hours of green energy per year in future.
Winsen (Luhe) - The fact that solar parks make sense not only with regard to the climate, but that their construction may also be to the interests of animals can be seen in Winsen (Luhe). The solar specialist coming from the North Rhine-Westphalian Euskirchen „F&S solar“ has established a big power station on a former sheep paddock with 15.042 solar modules. Boris Kapschefsky, project manager at „F&S solar“: „The area could not be used for anything else, and the special thing is that now the sheep can graze on the surface again, because between the rows and under the modules the solar park is covered with grass.“
Thus the shepherd with his herd is able to take care of the cleaning and gardening of this area. „The sea eagle which lives very close was given two swimming islands on a nearby lake as compensational space“, according to Kapschefsky. Since the modules provide their energetic service silently and without moving parts, there will be no danger for the the bird.
Also small animals will still be able to get onto the surface: The surrounding fence was mounted to make it easy for rabbits to slip under it. However, the main purpose remains the production of current without carbon dioxide output: With a peak performance of 3,610 kilowatts the solar park should produce 3.429.576-kilowatt hours of clean current per year in Winsen. Thus 980 households can be supplied with solar current, compared with conventional coal-based current, 2.366 tons of the "climate killer" carbon dioxide are saved per year.
Through the high solar irradiation in the Lüneburger Heide the solar park is not only ecologically, but also financially lucrative. „The useful life is guaranteed for at least 20 years, however, we know that also terms of 30 years are possible“, says the „F&S solar“project manager. After its lifetime, the whole park is completely recycleable. More than 127 kilometres of cable were necessary only for the module wiring, for the main line the assemblers rolled out once again ca. 15 kilometres of cable.