Germany’s first solar-electric cycling route is coming online



Badenova has installed 912 glass-to-glass PV modules along a cycling route in the city of Freiburg, Germany, as part of a new pilot project.

The German system integrator Badenova has inaugurated the first solar roof for bike lanes in Germany. The 287 kW installation is located in Freiburg, in the south of the country, and is based on 900 translucent glass-on-glass solar modules supplied by German panel manufacturer Solarwatt.

The modules of the series have the general technical approval of the German Institute of Building Technology (DIBt). Therefore, they are considered a regulated construction product that can be used without restriction in the private and public sector. Solar modules can also be used for roof and facade installations without individual inspections and additional safety measures.

The solar panel is 300 meters long and is located close to the SC Freiburg football stadium, which is already equipped with a photovoltaic system that utilizes heterojunction modules supplied by the Swiss company Meyer Burger.

Badenova’s subsidiary Badenova Wärme Plus collaborated with the city of Freiburg and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in the construction of the bike path. The installation structures were delivered by Clickcon from Freiburg.

The energy produced by the facility – about 280 MWh per year – is mainly used in Fraunhofer ISE’s laboratories and buildings. The Freiburg Institute is also the tenant and administrator of the space, and is responsible for monitoring.

“Solar electricity needs to be rethought so that we can integrate more such projects into the cityscape. This pilot project shows how urban spaces can be used twice, says Badenova board member Heinz-Werner Hölscher.

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