Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH, the German subsidiary of the major South Korean solar cell and module manufacturer, has contributed to powering the electrical systems of the Oresund Bridge and tunnel that connects Denmark and Sweden through the delivery of 864 of its powerful Q.PEAK BLK-G4.1 solar modules, the company announced Thursday.
"Project developer SolarFuture, in cooperation with Solarpark DK, won the contract to build a tailor-made, high quality solar system to power the famous Oresund Bridge. The completed system was handed over to [operator] Oresundbro Konsortiet at the end of June 2018," according to a press release from the company based in Tallheim, Germany.
The electricity generated from the 255-kilowatt (KW) solar system will be equivalent to providing 45 households with clean energy, mitigating the effect of approximately 157,271 kg of CO2 per year, the statement said.
Marco Schweitzer, sales manager at Hanwha Q CELLS, said they were "really happy to contribute to the success of this major transportation link between Denmark and Sweden, and to have the opportunity to help minimize its carbon footprint significantly".
"Maximizing system yields with a Q.PEAK BLK-G4.1-based solar system enables low-cost, sustainable, and environmentally friendly electricity consumption for the consortium of the Oresund Bridge," he added.
Bengt Hergart, property director at Oresundbro Konsortiet, said their main objective was to repay the bridge’s loans within 30 years after its opening, with most of the revenue deriving from road traffic. The bridge was opened to traffic in July 2000.
"But of course we also consider other ways to generate further revenue. So reducing our energy bills by means of the use of clean solar energy was the next logical step for us," he said.
Hanwha Q CELLS is a flagship company of Hanwha Group, a FORTUNE Global 500 firm and a Top 8 business enterprise in South Korea.
By Hale Turkes