Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH, the German subsidiary of one of the world’s largest solar cell and module manufacturers, has contributed to powering the Øresund Bridge and tunnel that connects Denmark and Sweden by delivering 864 of its powerful Q.PEAK BLK-G4.1 solar modules to the consortium that realized a solar power plant for the Øresundbro Konsortiet. Project developer SolarFuture, in cooperation with Solarpark DK, won the contract to build the tailor-made, high quality solar system to power the famous Øresund Bridge. The completed system was handed over to Øresundbro Konsortiet at the end of June 2018.
Main objective: Repaying the bridge´s loans within 30 years after its opening
The most important task for Øresundbro Konsortiet regarding this vital transport link between Denmark and Sweden is to maintain a long-term and commercially sound business, based on satisfactory revenue from road traffic and supported by cost-conscious marketing, operations, maintenance and financing.
Bengt Hergart, Property Director at Øresundbro Konsortiet, explains: “The main objective is to repay the bridge’s loans within 30 years after its opening, with most of the revenue deriving from road traffic. But of course we also consider other ways to generate further revenue. So reducing our energy bills by means of the use of clean solar energy was the next logical step for us.”
Project developers SolarFuture and Solarpark DK erected a 255 KW solar system comprising 864 Q.PEAK BLK-G4.1 solar modules from Q CELLS. The generated electricity will be equivalent to providing 45 households with clean energy, mitigating the effect of approximately 157,271 kg of CO2 per annum. The solar power plant will thus significantly contribute to powering the electrical systems of the Øresundbro Bridge.
“For us, the main reason to choose Q CELLS solar modules lies in their superior performance, high reliability, aesthetic design, and excellent warranty terms,” says Mads Christensen, CEO at SolarFuture. “The climate conditions in the area of the bridge also played an important role. Modules from Q CELLS are designed to withstand even the harshest weather conditions.”
Marco Schweitzer, Sales Manager at Hanwha Q CELLS, says: “We are really happy to contribute to the success of this major transportation link between Denmark and Sweden, and to have the opportunity to help minimize its carbon footprint significantly.” He added: “Maximizing system yields with a Q.PEAK BLK-G4.1-based solar system enables low-cost, sustainable, and environmentally friendly electricity consumption for the consortium of the Øresund Bridge.”