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dena Solar Roofs Programme: Solar installation company mp-tec cooperating with Warsaw University of Technology on the efficient use of solar energy
By: Business Wire
Dec. 4, 2012 09:21 AM
mp-tec GmbH & Co. KG has concluded a cooperation agreement with Warsaw University of Technology under the “dena Solar Roofs Programme” coordinated by the Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) – the German Energy Agency – and co-financed by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) within the initiative “renewables – Made in Germany”. As part of the project, two photovoltaic systems are currently being installed on the Warsaw University of Technology campus.
These are a fixed and a tracking solar installation with a total output of 8.64 kWp. The installation of the two systems directly next to each other enables an optimum long-term comparison of yield data and is ideal for demonstrating the differences between fixed and tracking systems.
The university is home to an Institute of Microelectronics and Optoelectronics, one department of which is the Laboratorium Fotowoltaiki, a Polish research facility for photovoltaics. “We are delighted to have secured such a high-calibre partner as the Warsaw University of Technology, which performs independent and long-term yield measurements on tracking systems and compares them with fixed installations. At the same time, the demonstration systems and workshops facilitate knowledge transfer, which particularly benefits the students,” says Michael Preißel, Managing Director of the Eberswalde-based solar installation company mp-tec.
Alongside this partnership of business and science, a key objective of the project-driven company mp-tec is the development of the Polish market with a view to photovoltaics. In October, mp-tec took the first concrete steps in this direction with the foundation of the joint venture mp-tec Solar Poland with Torell Technology. At the current time, all of Poland has less than 10 MWp of installed photovoltaic capacity, but energy experts are expecting a significant expansion of solar energy in the light of legislative amendments in 2013 and corresponding solar subsidies.
The systems will be constructed using only products manufactured in Germany, with mp-tec responsible for the majority of development and production work. Alongside the installed S-Line series high-performance modules, this includes the single base assembly system for mounting the open space system and the Skytrap Plus tracking system, winner of the Plus X-Award.
The project will be complemented by information services and training to enable students and other interested parties to find out about photovoltaics and the project. The systems are due to be officially inaugurated in December 2012.
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