OMV has installed a photovoltaic system at its Lobau tank farm site in eastern Austria, where the oil, gas and chemicals company stores around 1.63 million cubic meters of crude oils, petroleum products and additives ...
OMV has commissioned a photovoltaic system at its Lobau tank farm site in eastern Austria, where the oil, gas and chemicals company stores around 1.63 million cubic meters of crude oil, petroleum products and additives in 87 tank containers. The company invested around 4.5 million euros in the solar plant, which has an output of 5,590 kWp. With an expected electricity production of 7 GWh per year, the plant can cover almost half (45 percent) of the OMV tank farm's annual electricity demand.
The solar panels can be particularly effective because it is a tracked PV system that can follow the path of the sun's rays. According to OMV, this increases solar power production by 10 percent. The plant gets additional efficiency from bifacial solar modules, which can also use the incident sunlight via the rear side. Compared to monofacial solar cells, the yield increases by a further 5 percent. Almost 10,000 photovoltaic modules and more than 50 inverters were installed, and the solar power is fed directly into the OMV grid.
"With this tracked area photovoltaic system, we can sustainably cover another part of our own electricity demand with solar energy and reduce our CO2 intensity," says Martijn van Koten, OMV Board Member for Refining.