You’ve got to love the Freudian nature of man. Bigger is better. In the 20th century the need to build upwards was immense, from the Empire State Building to the twin Petronas Towers of Malaysia and the Taipei 101, it’s brought some spectacular structures. And, as that race continues at a subdued post, there is the beginning of a new race – to build green.
And Germany entered the fray yesterday when it turned on the world’s largest a solar power field the size of 200 football pitches. It being the start-up phase it is not quite complete and is running at 24MW – roughly enough for 16,000 homes.
According to the German publication, Deutsche Welle:
The facility, located east of Leipzig, uses state-of-the-art, thin-film technology. Some 550,000 thin-film modules will be used, of which 350,000 have already been installed. The direct current produced in the photovoltaic solar modules will be converted into alternating current and fed completely into the power grid.
After just a year the solar power station will have produced the energy needed to build it, according to the Juwi group.
When complete, next year the €130 million plant will be feeding 40MW into the grid.
That said, the plant will not last long at the top of the grid. As reported recently, a Portuguese plant at Alentejo will hit 45MW in 2009 and a Californian plant with a capacity of 106.8MW will be up and running by 2011.
Still, Germany can always console itself with the quarter final defeat of Portugal last week.