Genève Aéroport invests in the largest solar roof in Europe


09.03.2012

Genève Aéroport has acquired 282 UHV flat thermal solar panels based on a technology developed at CERN and transferred to the company SRB Energy. Piggybacking on the Spanish industrial Grupo Segura, this start-up is marketing a Swiss-quality and 100% European high-tech product. The solar field will be the largest of its kind in Europe.

Two hundred and eighty-two UHV flat thermal solar panels, with a high output at a high temperature, will be installed on the roofs of Genève Aéroport.

As part of its technology transfer policy, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) allowed Prof. Cristoforo Benvenuti, the physicist who invented this revolutionary panel, to make industrial use of the technology born of research on particle accelerators and patents.

SRB Energy is also piggybacking on the industrial Grupo Segura in the automotive sector, from Valencia (Spain), to move from small-scale to mass production.

The contract concluded with Genève Aéroport is the largest order that the company has had to fulfil since its creation in 2005.

The UHV solar panel provides a high output at  high temperature. Its special feature lies in the quality of the vacuum that is created inside the panel and the technology developed to sustain it over time using highly effective getter pumps.
The 282 elements installed on the roofs of Genève Aéroport will heat a fluid to 130° C that will feed a district heating network. This will make it possible to heat buildings during the winter and cool them in summer.

The project is part of the energy policy pursued by Genève Aéroport: in addition to its desire for restraint and efficiency, the airport intends to develop its share of renewable energy consumption.

Those interested in the technological aspects of this scientific and industrial venture can watch the film that Genève Aéroport has produced on the manufacture of these panels by clicking on the following

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