By using photovoltaic modules, the housing estate produces more electricity than it consumes.
Houses as Power Plants
Europe’s first Plus Energy housing estate in Weiz (Austria) runs on solar technology from SCHOTT and was recognized with the Austrian Solar Award 2007.
People from Austria enjoy living in harmony with nature, particularly those who live in the region known as Styria, the green heart of the alpine republic. This is probably also why resourceful engineers and investors came up with the idea of generating heat and electricity from sunlight here. In living up to its motto ”A City Full of Energy”, Europe’s first Plus Energy housing estate was founded in the community of Weiz, the capital city of Eastern Styria with a population of 9,000. It consists of 24 row houses that generate more electricity than they consume. Tenants and owners obtain their electrical power from more than 400 multicrystalline solar modules, most of which are type ase 275 from SCHOTT. The photovoltaic installations stretch out across the entire southern sides of the houses and simultaneously provide the upper floors with shade.
More than 400 multicrystalline
solar modules provide around
120,000 kilowatt hours of
electricity each year.
(Photo: kw Solartechnik)
The solar modules from SCHOTT that the Austrian builder elected to use have won numerous awards. They consist of quadratic cells that are imbedded inside hardened double glass. This means a long lifetime and protects them from extreme weather conditions. The modules function in the summer, even at temperatures up to 90 degrees Celsius, and in the winter at minus 40 degrees. Although they are only around one centimeter thick, these modules can stand up to snow loads of more than half a ton per square meter or hailstones. Furthermore, the stabile aluminum frame and connectors and cable that are pre-installed by SCHOTT Solar ensure a quick and easy installation.
To leverage solar energy as effectively as possible, the photovoltaic plant points towards the south, while serving as a source of shade. (Photo: kw Solartechnik)
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