Thursday, October 13th, 2011
solarhybrid and the University of Applied Sciences in Eberswalde Launch Ground-Breaking Concomitant Research

HAMBURG, GERMANY and FRANKFURT, GERMANY and MAIN, GERMANY and BRILON, GERMANY--(Marketwire) - solarhybrid AG and the University of Applied Sciences in Eberswalde have launched a 13-year conservation monitoring project at the site of Europe's largest photovoltaic power plant "FinowTower" in Finowfurt, Brandenburg. The first construction phase, which has already been completed, is set to be expanded by 60.2 megawatts, increasing the total output of the power plant to 84.5 megawatts. In view of the power plant's size and the duration of the monitoring project, Dr Hans-Peter Piorr believes that this unique scientific concomitant research will result in a whole host of new insights. Research efforts shall focus on how the construction of large-scale photovoltaic open field systems impact the environment and what can be done to improve the design of these systems.

Public dialogue and conservation monitoring
As part of the conservation monitoring, the University of Applied Sciences in Eberswalde will study the flora and fauna at the former Eberswalde/Finowfurt military airport in order to take any precautionary measures such as relocating endangered species. Before construction work on the extension began, solarhybrid initiated dialogues with conservationists and all stakeholders, which were moderated by Prof. Piorr. Since construction work began, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, grasshoppers, dragonflies and vegetation have been studied under the expert guidance of Jens Möller Vögel. Monitoring activities extend across the entire area of the photovoltaic power plant, covering an area the size of 260 football fields.

Research results for companies and conservationists
With its participation in the long-term conservation monitoring project run by the University of Applied Sciences in Eberswalde (HNEE), solarhybrid is making a contribution to the development of renewable energies with large-scale photovoltaic power plants that have a low impact on the environment. The research results of the pilot project should also point to ways in which potential conflict situations between companies, citizens and conservationists can be avoided in advance when constructing plants and transmission routes in the future.

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solarhybrid AG develops, plans and builds turnkey photovoltaic power plants with multi-megawatt production capabilities. In this context, the company offers the following services: Project development, co-development; financing and structuring; marketing to financial investors; EPC (engineering, procurement, construction); O&M (operation & maintenance). Project financing, structuring and marketing are all carried out by solarhybrid capital management GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of solarhybrid AG. A list of references with a total capacity of 267 megawatts (both completed and commissioned projects) is proof of the company's expertise in technical, organisational and financial project management. Contracts for a further 123 megawatts are set to be awarded in the near future. The project pipeline, including the USA, totals approximately 2.5 gigawatts. The company is run its locations in Hamburg, Frankfurt and Brilon. In addition to these, there are also local companies in Italy, the Middle East and the USA. Company shares are traded on the open market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

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solarhybrid and the University of Applied Sciences in Eberswalde Launch Ground-Breaking Concomitant Research



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