Fronius has carried out a very special project in Zwentendorf, Austria: a photovoltaic system has been installed on the site of a former nuclear power plant (NPP)
Where once nuclear energy was to be produced, today clean, safe energy is generated from natural resources over an area of 3,700 square metres. The project reflects the Fronius vision of 24 hours of sun; a world in which all our energy needs are satisfied through renewable sources.
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, who in 2012 built a photovoltaic system on the site.
Fronius provides the right solar technology
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 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. 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.