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A German tech company will soon turn on its floating solar power plant on top of a quarry lake, a renewable technology to help the country wean off Russian fossil fuels.
The tech company BayWa r.e. explained the photovoltaic (PV) plant in the western German city of Haltern am See will provide 3 megawatts (MW) of power, comparable to a wind turbine.
Solar Power Floating Plant
It has 5,800 modules placed on 360 floating elements, and the plant will be switched on at the end of May 2022.
This new technology came as Germany tried to find an alternative source of energy and cut out its dependence on Russian gas and oil in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine.
Germany May Harness about 20 Gigawatts
The lead of floating-PV product management at BayWa r.e., Toni Weigl, said Germany could harness about 20 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy on top of the water.
The floating solar panels can use space that otherwise would go unused at Quarzwerke, a factory sands maker within a densely populated area.
Germany will save about 1,100 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year compared with the same energy produced by fossil fuels.
Solar Power to Get off Russian Fossil Fuels
BayWa r.e. wants to bring 1 GW of renewable energy online this year (2022). The tech firm focuses on offshore and onshore wind and other green power purchasing deals for international companies.
The parent company BayWa said their earnings before tax and interest climbed 26% in 2021 to $290 million (US), with 135 million from BayWa r.e.
Energy Infrastructure Partners, a Switzerland infrastructure investor, owns 49% of BayWa r.e, and they hope to expand worldwide.