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Tests underway on the world's highest solar power station

Dec 14, 2006 / CIPRA Internationale Alpenschutzkommission
The Swiss utility BKW FMB Energie AG is currently conducting trials scheduled to last until this summer on a high-alpine solar power station.
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© Swisscom Broadcast AG
In a joint venture with Jungfraubahn AG and Swisscom Broadcast AG it is testing the feasibility of continuous operation on suitable building façades. It is using solar panels at altitudes of 3,500 m and 3,700 m. Calculations show that due to the more intensive solar radiation and the lower temperatures the panels are expected to yield outputs that are 50% to 70% higher than comparable installations currently operating in Berne. Besides measurement results the tests are also designed to give an indication of the acceptance for a façade-integrated high-alpine solar power station.
Source: (de)