Racetrack refuels with solar power
Racing solar powered vehicles is an activity that is gaining popularity around the world. And now a racetrack in Germany is following this lead by powering its facilities with a high-performance PV installation.
Well accustomed to testing automotive technology to its limits, the owners of the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben were no less demanding when it came to choosing the right solar technology for their needs. They lined up several competitive offerings and put them through their paces. The track owners compared durability, performance and design and carefully considered the various advantages and disadvantages of each system. After this intensive selection process, one brand emerged the clear winner.
"We decided on PV modules from Canadian Solar, because an especially robust solution was important to us,” said Thomas Voss, Managing Director of Motorsport Arena. “In addition they offer high quality and a really good price-performance ratio."
The Motorsport Arena installed a 500 kW Canadian Solar system in 2012 and it has delivered impressive results ever since. “It covers a significant part of the circuit’s annual electricity consumption,” said Voss. “And since motor racing is not traditionally considered the most environmentally friendly of sports, it’s great that we’ve been able to offset this to some extent,” he added. The PV installation compromises 2,000 solar modules covering an area of around 3,000 square meters on the facility’s roof. “Besides the positive effects for the environment, the solid construction PV panel mounting system has considerably strengthened the pit roof,” concluded Voss.
This project once again demonstrates the versatility of Canadian Solar’s CS6P-P module, which is employed on a huge variety of installations around the world. The sophisticated design and first-class production technology, backed by a 25-year warranty, ensure a winning performance year in and year out.
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