Posted September 15, 2018 08:05:03With a new government mandate requiring more cities to invest in renewable energy by 2025, a new golden tan solar unit at the arcon site in Dijsselbloem, the Netherlands, looks set to bring the city of 50,000 residents solar energy and a few other amenities.
Arcon, the Dutch developer behind the solar project, is partnering with developer SunEdison to build the solariums for the future.
It also announced last week that it would invest in its own solar farm in Dijkstra, the Belgian city where solar energy is also coming to an end.
Arcons chief executive officer and managing director Peter de Boer said the solar farm will provide a more efficient way of storing energy.
It will be powered by an innovative energy storage system called Solarium, which is an alternative to conventional battery systems that can store energy at night.
Solariums, which are not technically batteries, can store solar energy by bouncing energy from the sun’s rays on a thin film of carbon.
Arcon’s solarium unit is a combination of two batteries, which can both store solar power in their own battery cells.
The company is developing the solar plant as a project to help meet the government mandate, which calls for 100 percent renewable energy, with the aim of becoming the first solar-energy city by 2025.
The new solarium building will be located next to the solar park, a facility Arcon already owns in Doha, Qatar, which was built with its solar energy.
The solarium is an innovative system of solar energy storage, that can generate a large amount of electricity at night and then store that energy for future use, de Boers told The Associated Press.
Solariums can also store power for a few hours in the form of an LED light, or for more than 24 hours at a time, he said.
The solarium units will have solar cells that can be connected to an existing power grid.
De Boers said solar energy was a big topic at the United Nations climate change conference last month.
He said the development of solar power was a global opportunity that needed to be embraced.
The company will also help the city improve its water quality by installing solar energy filters, de Loers said.
There are more than 3,500 solar energy plants in the world, but only a small fraction of those are used for commercial purposes, he added.