Real-Time for Northern Europe's Largest Solar Array

THE largest roof-based solar cell system in Northern Europe with 3,042 panels and covering an area of 5,019 square meters has real-time energy monitoring technology at its heart.

The system has been installed on the roof of the headquarters building of the Danish insurance company Topdanmark in the Copenhagen suburb Ballerup, and the monitoring system will report on the amount of energy generated by the solar system in real-time.

Danish company IQ Energy supplied the sophisticated energy monitoring system which gathers information on the amount of power generated by the array. The monitoring technology includes tools to visualise, measure, record and analyse energy generation and consumption across multiple circuits in real-time, providing a visual display of the data to visitors and staff.

During a special inauguration ceremony Lars Løkke Rasmussen, former prime minister of Denmark, officially opened the installation, with Connie Hedegaard, EU Climate Commissioner, also delivering a speech to the assembled guests.

Connie Hedegaard said, “Environment and economy must go hand in hand in the 21st century and therefore I am glad that Topdanmark is sharing this investment with the rest of the world. It is important to have a long term perspective and that is why good examples are so important.”

The installation in Copenhagen will generate around 752,000 kWh, corresponding to the average annual power consumption of around 200 households, saving approximately 600 tonnes of carbon emissions every year.

As one of Denmark’s leading insurance providers Topdanmark offers a range of commercial and personal insurance products. The company has been trading for over 100 years and has made a commitment to greener energy sources, installing solar panels at a number of their sites.

Picture of Jesper Kjærulff of IQ Energy

Wednesday 22nd August 2012

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