25 November 2020

First energy for E-circuit Emmen

The E-circuit at the Veenakkers in Emmen (Pottendijk) supplied its first energy yesterday. Today at 13:30, a yield of 3600 kWh was recorded, exactly enough to provide 1 average household with electricity.

Technical data
The installation consists of 10,868 panels of 440 Watt each. It can provide electricity for 1250 households annually. The first shovel has also been put in the ground for the next phase: a carport system. This carport system will be built in the coming months and will consist of 2862 panels with 445 Watts each, enough for an additional 330 households per year.

Dual-use of space
The solar installation is built on an almost 2 km long dike. The construction of this dike and the installation of the solar panels have been an enormous challenge. These challenging conditions have taught us a lot about this application of dual-use of space. Because of this and because of the carport that is under construction, this project is really a testing ground for techniques that we need to apply dual-use of space.

Charging on solar power also possible
In December or January, a 60 kW fast charging point will also be realized just outside the park, so that the residents of Emmen and the surrounding area can charge directly on solar energy.

Future E-circuit
The entire installation is expected to be ready in February 2021. That will immediately be the starting signal for shaping the operation of the E-circuit.