In order to use the solar energy for power production, a variety of photovoltaic systems is installed on the landfill areas, building facades and roofs in Flörsheim, Grävenwiesbach, Offenbach and Brandholz.
A solar module of a photovoltaic system consists of serially or parallel connected solar cells. These cells transform the light energy of the incident radiation into electrical energy. The transformation process is based on the photoelectric effect, which describes the discharge of positive and negative charge carrier in a solid body through light irradiation.
Semiconductor solar cells generate power through production of free charge carrier. The incident photons dissolve electrons out of the silicon atoms, so that they can move freely. An internal electrical field, mostly caused by a p-n-transition, separates the free charge carriers. Thus, an electrical voltage can be tapped over metal contacts. If an electrical load is connected, direct current flows.
- Initial start-up: 2005
- Type/producer: crystalline silicon modules/First Solar, USA
- Modulus surface: ca. 5300 m2
- Installed electrical power: 6.4 MW
- Power production: 5m kWh/a
- CO2-reduction*: 5200 t/a
*compared to power production with fossil fuels (brown coal)