02 April 2009 16:01
The future’s bright at E.ON’s Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station
E.ON's Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station has become a little greener following the installation of an innovative solar array.
The company has installed a 68 panel solar photovoltaic array at the power station to help heat and light the admin block, saving an estimated 6.3 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
Christine Smith, Environment and Chemistry Team Leader at the station, said: "We believe this is the first solar array on a working power station in the UK and it's certainly a first for E.ON, which is very exciting.
"We've been able to take advantage of the skills and expertise of all sorts of people across the E.ON business to make the project a success. And we think it's a great way to show how new, renewable technology can be integrated with the more traditional way of generating electricity and how successful such a pairing can be."
Photovoltaic cells works by converting sunlight into electricity. As the sunlight strikes the cells, a portion of the light is absorbed by the semi-conductor material in our case this is silicon. The energy from the sunlight knocks the electrons loose within the cells and increases the state of energy allowing the electrons to flow freely. The current created by the flow of the electrons can then be drawn on for use externally.
Ray Smith, Plant Manager at Ratcliffe-on-Soar, said: "This is one of the cleanest coal fired power stations in the UK, and, by fitting this array, it just goes to show how committed we are to improving our environmental performance even further."
Notes to editors
- E.ON is one of the UK's leading power and gas companies - generating and distributing electricity, and retailing power and gas - and is part of the E.ON group, one of the world's largest investor-owned power and gas companies. We employ around 17,000 people in the UK and over 93,000 worldwide;
- Our distribution business, branded Central Networks, provides a reliable supply to 9.4m people in central England through 133,000km of underground and overhead cables - enough to go round the Earth more than three times - and via almost 97,000 substations. The company covers an area from the Peak District in the north to parts of Bristol in the south, and from the Welsh Borders to the Lincolnshire Coast;
- The generation business produces enough electricity to cater for the needs of around eight million homes from a portfolio of world-class gas-, coal- and oil-fired power stations;
- We are a market leader in combined heat and power, providing our customers with around 600MW of electricity and more than 1,000MW of heat at 13 sites across the country;
- Our target is to cut the carbon released by each kW of electricity we generate by 10% between 2005-2012, having already reduced it by 20% since 1990;
- We have 1,300MW of renewable capacity under development;
- We have invested £100 million in energy efficiency since 2006. These measures included loft and cavity wall insulation, installation of energy efficient boilers and smart metering, a technology we have committed a further £12m over the next two years;
- Our non-operational carbon intensity dropped by 16.7% per employee in 2006;
- We are investing £50 million in new technologies and approaches over 10 years, through the Energy Technologies Institute;
- We have Biodiversity Action Plans at many of our sites which align us with the UK target of significantly reducing biodiversity loss;
- E.ON Group has announced it intends to reduced the carbon intensity of its generation by 50% by 2030 (on 1990 levels);
- E.ON Group aims to spend €6bn on green generation between 2007 and 2010.
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