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Siemens installs photovoltaic plant 

By Gerald Ondrey |

Siemens Energy (Erlangen, Germany; www.siemens.com/energy) has installed a turnkey photovoltaic (PV) plant on the roof of the Siemens Healthcare X-ray systems manufacturing plant in Forchheim, Germany. After a planning and construction time of less than three months, the unit went into service today. The solar power installation will generate more than 750 MW-h of climate-friendly electricity per year. The solar modules’ high efficiency makes the output of the power generating plant around one third higher than that of customary units of a comparable size. Thanks to advanced technology, the installation generates the maximum power yield per unit of available surface area.  Photovoltaics, the direct conversion of solar energy into electric power, is one of the key technologies for a climate-compatible power supply. High growth rates of 20%/yr are forecast for the photovoltaics market for the coming years. Investment in photovoltaic plants worldwide is thus set to increase ten-fold, from currently 14-billion to 144-billion euros by 2020.  “The solar power plant in Forchheim is an important flagship project for us. With the solar modules providing an electrical efficiency of over 18%, the unit is extremely powerful…
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