Panasonic Solar Panels "HIT(R)" Chosen for New Offices of German Federal
MUNICH, GERMANY, July 10, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) - Panasonic has announced
today that its "HIT" Solar Panels were chosen for the new offices of
the German Federal Environment Agency. The new building at Berlin-Marienfelde
will have its grand opening on August 30, with the ministry's staff moving
into the new sustainable offices in September. When the Federal Bureau for
Building and Regional Planning agreed to add an annex to the Federal
Environment Agency's offices, it set a strict energy-saving requirement: a
"net zero building" expected to generate all the necessary energy by
itself. Panasonic recommends with confidence that its "HIT" solar
modules will achieve this goal.
The "HIT" solar cell is made of a thin monocrystalline silicon wafer
surrounded by ultra-thin amorphous silicon layers. This product provides the
industry's leading performance and value based on the state-of-the-art
The project team for planning and installing the energy system of the new
building at Berlin-Marienfelde went to the Schimmel Engineering Bureau, which
specializes in planning energy-efficient buildings. Project leader Oliver
Nienaber explains, "We estimated the required energy output to be around
46,000 kWh/year. Therefore we were looking everywhere for solar panels that
could supply this amount as well as were suitable for the limited roof space.
In that sense, "HIT" products were the only panels that could meet
AS Solar, the German wholesale distributor, supplied and delivered 281 modules
of "HIT H250" with a module efficiency of 18.0% and a nominal
capacity of 70 kWp. The special "HIT" technology provides a higher
conversion efficiency and greater power generation amount within a limited
Wahl Elektro Technik GmbH, the installation company, took only three days to
install all of the panels. The solar modules are now ready to operate and
create energy for the ministry annex, which has 31 workspaces. The building
owner is satisfied with a good work as expected: "The Federal Environment
Agency is sharply aware of its obligation to forward-looking building
techniques and sustainability. Therefore, we place top priority on high quality
and the best efficiency. Also taking into account the price, the Panasonic
modules could win the competitive tender. Now that they are installed, it is
time to prove their worth."
In addition to the solar PV system, the building benefits from several other
designs for renewable energy: a water source heat pump handles heating and
cooling, and solar thermal panels supply hot water. A ventilation system with a
heat-recovery unit efficiently improves the indoor climate. All of these
systems, plus the regular energy consumption of lighting and office equipment,
are powered by the solar panels. The building is thus in line with Article 9 of
the EU legislation on the energy efficiency of buildings, stating that
buildings occupied and owned by public authorities have to be nearly net zero
energy buildings by 2019.
Going forward, Panasonic will make untiring efforts to offer solutions for
creating a comfortable environment while reducing environmental impact,
including "home," "office building," "factory,"
and "community" by using our accumulated technology and cutting-edge
energy management technology.
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and engineering
of electronic technologies and solutions for customers in residential,
non-residential, mobility and personal applications. Since its founding in
1918, the company has expanded globally and now operates over 500 consolidated
companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.30 trillion yen for
the year ended March 31, 2013. Committed to pursuing new value through
innovation across divisional lines, the company strives to create a better life
and a better world for its customers. For more information about Panasonic,
please visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net/ .
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