DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions Helps Hanau Energies Concept Create its Largest Solar Park
Hanau Energies Concept, a French project developer and investor in solar installations, has recently completed its largest solar project to-date using solar panels made with advanced materials from DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions (DuPont) to help ensure optimal power output and durability.
The 6.8 megawatt (MW) solar park in Sallèles-Cabardes, near the town of Carcassonne, France, is spread over 20 hectares (almost 50 acres), and features 26,334 crystalline silicon solar panels, manufactured by Jinko Solar. The panels are made with two key materials: DuPont™ Tedlar® polyvinyl fluoride film-based backsheets, which help protect the panels from the environment and provide essential electrical insulation; and DuPont™ Solamet® photovoltaic metallization pastes, which help improve the power output of the solar panels during their expected lifetime of 25 years or more.
“Solar power is bringing cost-effective, clean and sustainable energy to more and more people in France, and Hanau Energies specifying DuPont materials will help ensure this latest installation delivers durable and reliable electricity for many years to come,” said Stephan Padlewski, regional marketing manager, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions.”
The project falls under a power purchase agreement with energy provider Eléctricité Réseau Distribution France (ERDF), and is expected to produce over 9,800 megawatt hours (MWh) per year, roughly the equivalent to the amount of electricity 7,000 people consume every year in France. In addition, 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions will be offset.
The solar park in Sallèles required an investment of 8 million Euros and is the third installation this year in France by Hanau Energies. A 4.5MW park in the Hautes Alpes was completed in February and a 4.5MW array was inaugurated in June at a DuPont production facility in Cernay.
“Working with world-class leaders such as DuPont and Jinko Solar who bring their know-how in photovoltaic materials science and solar panel design and manufacturing is a deliberate choice to help ensure the solar parks produce reliably and durably for their expected lifetime and beyond,” said Jean-Luc Westphal, president, Hanau Energies Concept.
DuPont is the leading global supplier of specialty materials to the solar energy industry. More than half of the world’s 400 million solar panels installed since 1975 have DuPont materials in them. To learn more, please visit http://photovoltaics.dupont.com.