Spanish winemaker using photovoltaic wall for protection, energy


Spanish winemaker Vins Raïmat – a unit of Codorníu, Spain's second-largest producer of traditional sparkling wine – has installed a 30 kW photovoltaic wall at its production facility in the Catalonian town of Raïmat, Spain.

The vertical installation is part of a 300 kW PV system that the company has deployed at the site for self-consumption, with the support of Spanish installer Becquel. The project consists of a rooftop PV system with 660 solar modules and a vertical array featuring 65 panels.

“In addition to generating energy, this vertical installation reduces the energy consumption of the tubs, as it isolates them from direct contact with the sun,” a Becquel spokesperson told pv magazine. “It is a triple effect, as it achieves energy generation, insulation from the sun and reduction of energy consumption, with the electricity being required to keep cold the content of the tubs.”

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Becquel used 455 W Canadian Solar panels in the facility. The project will be able to generate around 429,960 kWh per year for the winery. It is expected to cover 35% of the company's energy needs.

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