Europe`s largest PV plant with bifacial solar modules opened in Netherlands
The PV plant of Tempress uses bifacial n-type solar modules from Yingli.
Expected annual yield of more than 400 MWhIt is expected that the annual energy production of the bifacial PV plant will exceed 400 MWh. The facility contains 1428 Panda bifacial solar modules with a nominal peak power ranging from 275W to 280W each. They contain solar cells based on the n-Pert technology jointly developed by Yingli, Tempress and Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN).
Dual-glass solar panelsThe bifacial solar modules have a glass front side and a glass rear side with a 30-year-linear warranty exceeding the life time of standard modules, Yingli says. The Panda bifacial modules have been independently tested for harsh environmental conditions such as exposure to salt mist, ammonia and known potential-induced degradation (PID) risk factors according to Yingli. The solar panels are equipped with n-type crystalline silicon solar cells which perform better under low light conditions than regular p-type cells.
Specially designed fixed racksThe PV plant has been developed in cooperation with Sparkling Projects and has been engineered by Schulz Systemtechnik BV who also did the installation. The modules are mounted on a fixed rack, which was specially designed for bifacial solar modules to optimize the rear side performance and are produced by Benz Alusysteme GmbH. Each module is equipped with micro inverters from AP Systems to ensure optimal energy generation and monitor the performance of each module.
SDE+ subsidy grantedThe project was granted with a SDE+ subsidy from the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs to encourage the production of renewable energy in the Netherlands. Sebastiaan Masselink, independent advisor to the renewable energy industry, arranged the debt financing for this bifacial PV-solar project, which will be provided by sustainable lender ASN Bank.
Jaap Baarsma, President of industry association Holland Solar expects new PV installations of up to 1 gigawatt in the Netherlands this year. (HCN)