Aiming towards renewables and other forms of green energy is now the objective for the near future. It is clear that completely detaching ourselves from fossil fuels is the imperative that indicates the direction in which to direct work in the world of technology and energy. There are now many virtuous examples around the world and they demonstrate that the change is not that difficult.
The latest example comes from Switzerland and precisely from the highest dam in Europe . 2500 meters above sea level, on Lake Muttsee , in the canton of Glarus not far from Bern. It is here that in less than a year what was just a sustainability project has also become reality with the creation of a super innovative structure that promises to give energy to around 700 families. Let’s find out what it is.
The tallest dam in Europe, a source of green energy: here’s how
High-altitude photovoltaic panels and the birth of an unprecedented green energy system. This is how we could define the floating and alpine photovoltaic park built in Switzerland, on Lake Muttsee which today sees the presence of as many as 5 thousand double-sided solar panels with a 40 millimeter thick frame that occupy approximately 1 km of space. Objective? Take advantage of the panels in a dual way.
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The project is called AlpinSolar and was created thanks to the collaboration of several Swiss companies who have already signed an agreement for the long-term sale of the energy produced. The Government’s action was also important as it modified the regulation by simplifying the construction of solar systems both on dams but also on the facades of buildings and so in less than a year the project came to life.
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The system was designed to be able to function continuously throughout the year, even in winter thanks to the absence of fog in the area and the presence of snow capable of reflecting sunlight even more powerfully. It has a power of 2.2 MW. The aim is to produce up to 3.3 million KWh which would allow 700 families to be supplied in a year.