Chairlift with integrated photovoltaic system becomes a reality

VKW, Illwerke, and Doppelmayr have joined forces to build the world’s first chairlift fitted with an integrated photovoltaic system at the Golm Ski Resort in Vorarlberg, Austria. The solar power generated by the system will be sufficient to cover one third of the total power requirements of the chairlift. During 1,000 hours of operation throughout the year, the Hüttenkopf chairlift consumes 180,000 kilowatt hours, 60,000 of which will now be generated by the solar power system, an amount that equals the annual power requirements of 15 single-family homes. Depending on the topography of the terrain and on the capacity of each installation, it may in some cases even be possible to reduce conventional energy consumption by up to 50 percent with this new power system.

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