Connecting Denmark to Sweden Through Solar Power
Solar cell panels worth DKK 2 million will produce energy for the Øresund Bridge, which connects Denmark and Sweden.
The Danish companies SolarFuture and Solarpark DK were handed the task of building solar panels in the toll station by the Øresund bridge.
The agreement between Øresundsbro Konsortiet, which is the Danish-Swedish company that owns and operates the Øresund Bridge, and Solarfuture is worth DKK 2 million and consists of the construction of 1,500 square metres of solar cells, which is equivalent to 250 kilowatt or solar energy for 45 single-family houses. An additional 2,700 square metres of solar cells equivalent to 250 kilowatt may also be constructed, in which case the construction will amount to a total of 700 kilowatt.
The project is a collaboration with Svedab, who owns the area for the future construction site.
The first plant will produce approximately 4 percent of the energy consumption needed to operate the bridge. This will mean a reduction of 85 tonnes CO2 as well as cost savings of DKK 200,000 per year. In time, Øresundsbro Konsortiet hopes to cover up to ten percent of the energy consumption with solar energy.
We have cut the energy consumption almost in half since the service was inaugurated. We will continue this effort. We wanted to explore the possibility of producing [energy] locally and environmentally friendly. We are pleased that we will soon be able to produce solar power ourselves, says Bengt Hergart, the Property Director at Øresundsbro Konsortiet.
The solar panels will be placed between the northern and southern side of the toll station and at least three metres from the traffic lane, behind the railing and light columns. In other words, close to both the motorway and the railway.
The framework agreement will run for three years.