World’s Largest Rooftop Solar Project to Power 10% of a Danish City: Discover the Massive 35MW Installation

May 28, 2024
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World's Largest Rooftop Solar Project to Power 10% of a Danish City Photo Credits: Solar Future ApS
World's Largest Rooftop Solar Project to Power 10% of a Danish City Photo Credits: Solar Future ApS

The Danish cleantech company SolarFuture ApS is set to complete a massive 35-megawatt solar installation on the roof of a new logistics center by December 2024. According to official estimates, it will be the world’s largest rooftop PV installation. The logistics center, currently under construction, covers an area of over 300,000 square meters and is considered the fifth-largest building in the world.

The scale of the project being undertaken by the small cleantech company SolarFuture is breathtaking. With an area equivalent to 42 football fields, energy production on the commercial roofs of the logistics center achieves a new feat for DSV – Global Transport and Logistics.

The construction is a major step towards achieving the targeted tripling of solar and wind energy by 2030.

The world’s largest rooftop PV system is being constructed in Horsens, on the east coast of Jutland, Denmark. The flat roof provides ideal conditions for installing such a massive photovoltaic system.

Upon completion, an annual production of 33.15 gigawatt-hours of clean electricity is expected, equivalent to about ten percent of Horsens municipality’s electricity consumption. The CO2 savings are estimated at 5,300 tons per year – a significant contribution to the energy transition and climate protection.

However, the 15-member team from Denmark has already completed unique projects in the past: for example, the Copenhagen Opera House was equipped with a solar system, and several ground-mounted photovoltaic systems were installed along the famous Öresund Bridge, which connects Denmark with Sweden.

SolarFuture was founded in 2014, focusing on industrial and agricultural installations.

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It will be oriented east and west to maximize renewable electricity production throughout the day. This orientation is particularly sensible as the electric trucks are loaded in the morning, allowing them to use the first rays of the sun directly.

The SolarFuture project should serve as a model for countless other solar installations on logistics centers or factory buildings worldwide. It is unknown, however, whether there will also be an emphasis on storing electricity from the roof.

Sunita Somvanshi

With over two decades of dedicated service in the state environmental ministry, this seasoned professional has cultivated a discerning perspective on the intricate interplay between environmental considerations and diverse industries. Sunita is armed with a keen eye for pivotal details, her extensive experience uniquely positions her to offer insightful commentary on topics ranging from business sustainability and global trade's environmental impact to fostering partnerships, optimizing freight and transport for ecological efficiency, and delving into the realms of thermal management, logistics, carbon credits, and energy transition. Through her writing, she not only imparts valuable knowledge but also provides a nuanced understanding of how businesses can harmonize with environmental imperatives, making her a crucial voice in the discourse on sustainable practices and the future of industry.

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