Mecklenburg-Vorpommern District

Municipal utilities connect 11 MW solar thermal system in north-eastern Germany

September 16 (Renewables Now) – Germany’s Stadtwerke Greifswald utility company has commissioned an 11 MW solar thermal plant in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on the Baltic Sea coast, which will help to decarbonize the local district heating network.

The system was built by the developer Ritter XL Solar on an area of ​​around 18,700 square meters and will feed almost 8 GWh annually into the district heating network of the city of Greifswald, the energy suppliers announced on Thursday.

The plant is part of a project for an innovative combined heat and power (CHP) system. The system also includes an electrode boiler to convert surplus green electricity into heat, a combined heat and power plant and a heat storage tank that complements the existing heat storage system and enables the integration of renewable heat generators.

In the second project phase, a large-scale air/water heat pump is combined with a CHP. Through the use of bio natural gas, the proportion of climate-neutral district heating in Greifswald is to gradually increase to a total of over 21% over the next few years.

According to the energy supplier, the new system shows how solar energy can contribute to making the heat supply in Germany more environmentally friendly and independent.

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