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SHELL OPENS WORLD’S LARGEST SOLAR PARK AT SHELL MOERDIJK CHEMICALS SITE IN MOERDIJK, NETHERLANDS

Published Date | 2019 March 18

SHELL opened solar park at its chemicals manufacturing facility in Moerdijk which will play an active role in the Dutch energy transition using solar panels, thus boosting the Solar Market in the coming years.
Global: Oil and gas giant Shell has taken a step towards greening its chemical operations and boosted the Netherlands’ installed PV capacity by opening a 27 MW solar project with 76,000 panels which is equivalent to the energy consumption of 9,000 Dutch households. The generated solar energy will be used to help power operations at Shell Moerdijk Chemical Plant in Moerdijk, near Breda in the south of the country. The solar scheme, which includes 76,000 panels, will generate power for chemical operations at the site which produces plastics for a range of industries as well as raw gasoline and LPG by-products. Developing this solar power plant in Moerdijk fits within Shell’s ambition to play an active role in the Dutch energy transition. Through Shell’s oil refineries and chemicals plants, the company is working to improve utilization, energy efficiency, and carbon intensity. The other examples of Shell’s work in the Netherlands on the energy transition include offshore wind in the North Sea, electric mobility at our retail sites and residual heat from Shell Pernis. According to BlueWeave Consulting, Solar Energy is the radiant energy emitted from the sun, which can be harnessed by using various technologies such as solar heating, photovoltaic cells, etc. It is an efficient form of a convenient renewable solution toward majorly growing greenhouse emissions and global warming. The solar Photovoltaic panels are packaged, connected assembly of typically 6×10 solar cells that generates and supplies solar electricity for commercial and residential applications. Due to the abundant availability of solar energy, it is possible to make it an ideal long-term source of clean energy that can be used as a feasible alternative to currently prevalent nonrenewable sources such as coal, gas, and oil. The growth of the solar energy market is driven by factors such as an increase in environmental pollution and the provision of government incentives & tax rebates to install solar panels. In addition, a decrease in the water footprint associated with solar energy systems has boosted the demand in power generation sectors. The demand for solar cells has gained major traction owing to enthuse in rooftop installations, followed by the increase in applications from the architectural sector. Furthermore, the demand for parabolic troughs and solar power towers in electricity generation is expected to boost the demand for concentrated solar power systems. According to BlueWeave consulting’s upcoming report, Titled-“ Global Solar Energy Market, by Technology (Photovoltaic Cells, Concentrated Solar Power Systems), Solar Module (Monocrystalline, Polycrystalline, Cadmium Telluride, Amorphous Silicon Cells, and Others), Generation (First, Second, and Third), and Application (Agriculture & Horticulture, Architecture, Transportation, and Others), By Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East And Africa); Size and Forecast, 2019-2025” – For many years solar was considered as the main pillar of a future renewable energy based system. Demand for a solar panel is increasing prominently all over the world.   North America market for solar panels has been growing rapidly especially due to the growth of residential solar applications in the U.S Global solar panels market is characterized by improving conversion efficiency by key market participants. Key companies operating in this market include Suntech, Sharp Solar, First Solar, Trina Solar, Yingli, Hanwha Solarone, Canadian Solar, SunPower, SolarWorld, and Renewable Energy Corporation.