Tempress has started construction on what will be the largest bifacial installation in Europe. The project is due to be completed in the second quarter of 2017.
The installation will utilize 1428 n-type PANDA bifacial modules produced by Chinese manufacturer Yingli Solar, which were launched at last year’s SNEC show in Shanghai. “We are glad to receive substantial orders for our PANDA Bifacial module”, says Dengyuang Song, Chief Technology Officer at Yingli. “Tempress are our strategic partners and this innovative product is a result of long term collaboration.”
Tempress says that, dependent on circumstance, these modules can yield up to 30% more energy than a standard PV module. Production at the plant is expected to exceed 400 MWh annually.
The plant is being developed in cooperation with Sparkling projects, with Schulz Systemtechnik carrying out the installation. The project received an SDE+ subsidy from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.
“We are proud to be the first in Europe to install a bifacial plant of such a large size,” said Albert Hasper, General Manager at Tempress. “This plant will be used as a showcase to prove the benefits of using bifacial module technology.”
Bifacial module technology has made several steps forward in the past year, with the technology being adopted by several major manufacturers. Currently, the largest bifacial installation in the world is a 12.8 MW facility installed by Sunpreme in the U.S.