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Gigantic Danish Solar Heating System Completed

By Energy Supply, 16 Jan 2017

Less than a year after signing the contact, Arcon-Sunmark has completed their solar heating system - the world’s biggest solar heating system yet. The system consists of 12,436 solar panels for each 12.6 m2, a complete area of 156,694 m2.

 (Foto: Arcon-Sunmark)

Over the last seven months, a lorry has gone to Arcon-Sunmark in Skørping 455 times in order to unload solar panels for the world’s biggest solar heating system in Silkeborg

The system consists of 12,436 solar panels for each 12.6 m2, a complete area of 156,694 m2. On a sunny day in the summer half, 2.7 million litres of water circulate through the system every hour. Through 1.2 kilometre long district heating pipes, the system connects to a heating plant.

– One fifth of the heat consumption in Silkeborg is now covered by solar heat; a figure we have been proud of contributing to in collaboration with Silkeborg Forsyning. The project is living proof that redistribution to sustainable energy does not have to be a long and difficult process. It can be realised quickly and effectively, says Søren Elisiussen, the managing director at Arcon-Sunmark.

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Silkeborg Forsyning and Arcon-Sunmark entered into agreement forthe construction of the world’s biggest solar heating system in February 2016. The actual work began in May at Sejling Hede. And at the end of December, the system was put into operation.

Facts about the heating system in Silkeborg

–       Total number of solar panels: 12,436

–       Area of solar panels in m2: 156,694 m2 (the world’s biggest yet)

–       Location: Sejling Hede

–       Estimated annual production: 80,000 MWh

–       Share of the total heat consumption: 20% (natural gas and surplus electricity covers the rest)

–        Lifespan: Minimum 25 years

 – Source: Energy Supply

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