KIT has installed the largest photovoltaics (PV) facility for own consumption in Germany and produces energy from renewable sources for its own supply.
The new PV facility for own consumption represents KIT’s investment in the future. Increasing energy costs presently are a big burden for all research institutions, particularly for research using large-scale devices. By using renewable energy sources, KIT can sustainably limit and cut its power costs: In a first phase, PV modules of about 1 MW power have been installed and commissioned on the KIT premises. Over a period of one year, about 2% of KIT’s power consumption will be covered by this facility. In total, about EUR 1.5 million are invested. Annual costs for energy supply will be reduced by about EUR 200,000. The facility will have a service life of about 20 years.
The facility will not only be used to cover own power consumption, but also to conduct research. Solar modules of the latest state of the art, such as glass-glass modules, are being studied with respect to their energy yield and ageing behavior under real operation conditions. Besides, different types of converters will be compared , amongst others, with regard to efficiency. Research will also focus on how the angle of inclination and direction of the modules influences the production of solar power. The objective is to develop regenerative energy systems of increased energy efficiency and longer service life of up to 30 years.
In the infrastructure, novel electrical storage systems, intelligent power electronics and system control will be integrated to a “solar power storage park” and studied.
Cooperation partners are SOLARWATT and Kostal.
Contact partner: Nina Munzke