Kyocera Supplies Solar Modules for World's Largest Stadium-Integrated Photovoltaic System
Photo Courtesy of HUBER + SUHNER
BERN, SWITZERLAND, August 16, 2007 – The world’s largest stadium-integrated photovoltaic system went into operation this week on the STADE DE SUISSE Wankdorf Bern. After the additional installation of 2,808 solar modules, the stadium now has 7,930 modules from the Japanese technology company Kyocera, providing an overall output of 1,346.774 kWp. The expanded system will produce 1,134,045 kWh per year and save on the emission of 630 tons of CO2 annually.
With this expansion, the stadium of the Swiss first league soccer club BSC Young Boys Bern has the world’s largest stadium-integrated photovoltaic system on its roof. The complete installation, supplying 1,346.774 kWp, was planned by system supplier TRITEC and assembled on the stadium over a total construction period of 10 months. The annual energy yield of 1,134,045 kWh covers the electricity consumption of more than 350 local four-person households.
The STADE DE SUISSE Wankdorf Bern has been honored for its integration of the photovoltaic system, receiving both the Swiss and European Solar Awards, and is ideally equipped as a venue for the European soccer championships (UEFA EURO 2008™) in Switzerland and Austria.
PV SYSTEM OVERVIEW
Solar modules: Kyocera KC167GH-2 (5,122 units); Kyocera KC175GHT-2 (2,808 units)
Inverters: 7 SolarMax 125; 4 SolarMax 100C
Assembly system: Alufix
Installed output: 1,346.774 kWp
Energy yield: 1,134,045 kWh annually
Kyoto-Japan based Kyocera Corporation ( NYSE: KYO / http://www.kyocera.com ), headquarters of the global Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar energy systems, telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, laser printers, copiers and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2007, the company’s net sales totaled 1.28 trillion yen (approximately $10.8 billion). The company’s solar products are marketed in the Americas and Australia by wholly owned subsidiary Kyocera Solar, Inc.