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Q-Cells CIGS technology shoots and scores in Germany

The firm is installing roof-top solar systems at the Hallesche FC and Borussia Dortmund football stadiums.

Q-Cells SE will install a 526 kilowatts-peak (kWp) photovoltaic plant on the roof of ERDGAS Sportpark, the new stadium of the Hallesche FC (HFC) using its CIGS technology.

The football team from the city of Halle (Saale) will play their home games in the ERDGAS Sportpark.

Project developer Q-Cells has already completed preparing for construction in coordination with HFC and Stadion Halle Betriebs GmbH, and is negotiating with potential investors in the solar project. Once these negotiations are successfully concluded, Q-Cells will install the photovoltaic plant on the roof of the ERDGAS Sportpark stadium as the general contractor. The company will also assume responsibility for operating and maintaining the system.

Installing the photovoltaic roof-top plant, HFC and Q-Cells want to contribute to expanding solar power in the Halle region. “We are setting an example for the transformation of the regional energy market by installing the solar system on the roof of the new stadium, showing that solar power is a future-oriented source of energy,” said Nedim Cen, CEO of Q-Cells. “Q-Cells is also proving our expertise as a supplier of complex commercial photovoltaic plants.”

The system will produce approximately 455,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh), equal to the amount of power consumed by 150 households annually. The solar plant will also save around 403 tons of CO2emissions annually, making a significant contribution to sustainability on site. The roof-top system will consist of XXX Q.SMART thin-film modules produced by Q-Cells.


Rooftop array using Q.SMART modules on industrial building in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany

The attractive black Q.SMART modules stand out with their high performance under rather unfavourable conditions. “Due to the complex structures and static requirements, installing solar plants on football stadiums requires in-depth technical expertise and suitable technical products,” said Stefan Läufer, Senior Vice President Commercial & Industrial Systems at Q-Cells. “We have long-standing experience in the field of solar applications and an ideal, high-quality product: our Q.SMART modules. Q.SMART is perfectly suited for installations on flat roofs or facades. The modules produce maximum yields, guaranteed for at least 25 years.”

Q-Cells has already gained experience in installing roof-top systems on sports arenas. The company is currently working to build a PV system on the roof and facade of the biggest German football stadium, SIGNAL IDUNA PARK (Dortmund), in cooperation with the German football champion, Borussia Dortmund.

This plant will also consist of Q.SMART modules produced by Q-Cells in Bitterfeld-Wolfen. Crystalline Q-Cells cells were also installed in the solar system at Weserstadion in Bremen. PV plants in football stadiums introduce the benefits of solar power to the public, and as a leading photovoltaics company Q-Cells is successfully establishing itself in this market.
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