Nuclear power plant finally delivers power – but from the sun
This is a unique story: in April 1972 the ground-breaking ceremony for Austria’s first nuclear power plant took place in Zwentendorf an der Donau. Six years later however, a referendum prevented the completed and ready-for-use nuclear power plant from being put into operation. Since 2005 the land has been owned by the energy supplier EVN.
460 kW installation with yearly 500 MWh
The available space and existing infrastructure of the nuclear power station provided the perfect conditions for building a photovoltaic system. A total of 1,000 photovoltaic panels with 460 kW, affixed to the façade, roof and the surrounding area of the old power plant constitute an area of 3,700 square metres of clean energy. The expected yearly yield is around 500 MWh. Fronius Solar Energy provided the necessary solar technology for this. The direct current generated by the solar panels is converted into alternating current by 43 Fronius IG Plus inverters and fed into the public grid.
In keeping with the goal of 24 hours of sun
“This project fully reflects our vision of future energy production,” explains Martin Hackl, head of the Solar Energy Division at Fronius International GmbH. “The switch to renewable energy is inevitable for modern industrial society. Our aim is therefore to create a world in which the demand for energy is completely met by renewable sources and to make energy available in a sufficient quantity to everyone, anywhere and at any time,” describes Martin Hackl. This vision of 24 hours of sun makes a reliable, clean, independent and sustainable energy supply possible.
The safest nuclear power station in the world“
A project like this one proves that, step by step, we are getting closer to our goal every day,” says Hackl. “The Zwentendorf nuclear power plant is symbolically significant for us. Even though the power station was never put into operation, energy is finally now being produced there. We can claim wholly without exaggeration that this is the safest nuclear power station in the world.” (HCN)
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