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Breaking News extraordinary solar farm on high altitude | Breaking News

Extraordinary Solar Farm On High-Altitude

by: Euro News
extraordinary solar farm on high altitude | Breaking News

This high-altitude project won the prestigious Swiss Watt d’Or prize as the best in renewable energy innovation.

Extraordinary Solar Farm On High-Altitude

The power plant is located on the Lac des Toules reservoir in Valais, Switzerland, at an altitude of 1,800 meters above sea level. This lake already serves as a hydropower station but is now harvesting additional solar power. High up in the Swiss mountains, the atmosphere is rarer, solar radiation stronger, and snow can reflect the sunlight in winter.

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Photo by Romande Energie. The solar power plant on the Lac des Toules, Switzerland. 

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Solar Farm On High-Altitude: Romande Energie

Romande Energie is the company behind the project. According to the founders, the unique alpine conditions allow the solar panels to act so efficiently. They can harvest 50 percent more power than similar floating solar plants in lower altitudes.

"The pilot project has more or less 800-megawatt hour production per year, which represents 225 households needs," project leader Guillaume Fuchs tells Euronews Living. The station is built up of 36 floating barges, featuring more than 2,000 square meters of solar cells.

Is High Altitude Solar The Future?

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Photo by Romande Energie. Romande Energie and ABB Schwei team at work at the solar power plant on the Lac des Toules, Switzerland. 

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They certainly have potential. However, the pilot project needs first to prove it is feasible over a trial period of two years. The development and implementation together cost over €2.2 million. In total, this process took six years and ten months to get the floating panels up and running in alpine conditions.

Two Swiss companies are involved, Romande Energie and ABB Schweiz. "Our plan is first to extend this project on the lake of Toules, but also to duplicate this kind of technology on another lake," says Fuchs.

Source Euronews.com, https://www.euronews.com/living/2021/01/13/extraordinary-views-from-the-world-s-first-mountainous-solar-farm

Cover photo by Romande Energie. The solar power plant on the Lac des Toules, Switzerland 

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