Beck to Build World's Largest Solar Thin-Film Power Plant May 5, 2006 Source: Clean Edge News
Die Beck Energy GmbH (Dimbach), a company that specializes in the development and construction of large-scale solar power plants, has begun construction of the solar park "Markt Bibart I" in Markt Bibart in cooperation with Bos.ten AG from Regensburg. The final output capacity will be 3160kWp, which is enough to power about 1000 private homes.
Bernhard Beck, CEO of Beck Energy and Michael Drysch, CEO of Bos.ten both took part in the ground-breaking ceremony for what will be the world's largest solar power plant utilizing crystalline thin-film technology. The electricity from the facility will be fed into the power grid of utility provider N-Ergie AG.
The whole solar power plant will be fitted with Blitzstrom CTS modules manufactured by First Solar, their most significant features being high efficiency, cost effectiveness and a comprehensive end-of-life recycling management.
Since June 2005, First Solar is offering to take back modules after their service life for recycling. They will then be reprocessed and the materials re-introduced into the production cycle. This life cycle management demonstrates the leading role of First Solar in the pv industry when it comes to maximizing the environmental benefits of solar technology.
Beck Energy is in close co-operation with First Solar and is favouring CTS technology for large-scale solar power plants. Inverters for "Markt Bibart I" will be supplied by technology partner SMA Technologie AG. The dc branch of the solar power plant will be operating with 800VDC, thus significantly reducing copper losses. Completion of the project is set for 2007.