For some years now, Experion has been carrying out large-scale solar energy projects at flower bulb growers and exporters in the Bulb Region (northwestern part of the province of South Holland), Haarlemmermeer and the northern part of North Holland. Since a few months ago the company not only installs standard solar panels (glass-foil panels) on roofs of its clients, but also installs so-called glass-glass panels (solar panels with glass on both sides instead of on one side) in the Bulb Region. In addition, Experion is now also focusing its attention on another novelty in the sustainable market: the installation and commissioning of energy storage systems.
Experion has so far realized three glass-glass projects. After the first large-scale glass-glass project at flower bulb grower C.S. Weijers en Zonen (1,785 units) in Hillegom was completed, Experion started the project at Ruigrok Flowerbulbs in De Zilk. On the roof of Ruigrok, 2,600 glass-glass panels were placed by the Experion installers. After this, a smaller glass-glass project was completed in Voorhout, where 250 glass-glass panels were installed at P. van Reisen & Zonen Export.
There are several advantages of the glass-glass panels compared to standard solar panels, Experion director Jaap Burgerhout argues. "There are actually three factors that play a role. First there is the lifespan of the glass-glass panels. It is in fact longer than standard panels. There is also a product guarantee and yield guarantee of thirty years. Secondly, the yield during those thirty years compared to standard panels is up to thirty percent higher. Thirdly, glass-glass panels still function for 92 percent after thirty years. The estimated lifespan is even forty years or longer. The risk of fire in glass-glass panels is also considerably smaller, because they have glass on both sides." The fourth glass-glass project by Experion is now in full swing. At HM van Haaster in Hillegom currently 1,000 glass-glass panels are being installed.
The Hillegom installation and consultancy company not only focuses on the generation of energy, but also on its storage. Experion has - as the first in the Netherlands - officially obtained a license and certification for the installation and commissioning of large-scale energy storage systems from the German brand Tesvolt
. The storage of energy has several advantages. One of these is that highs are absorbed and that lows are filled. Another advantage of energy storage is that, after a power outage, emergency power can be used almost immediately and power can actually be supplied again instantly.
As an example where an energy storage system could have come in handy, Burgerhout mentions the power outage at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol last April: "During the outage at Schiphol, sixty flights had to be canceled and nearly 6,000 passengers were stranded. The after-effects continued throughout the day. In the future this can be prevented with an energy storage system."
Finally, energy storage also has a major financial advantage, according to Experion, because energy prices will continue to rise in the future and because standing charges will go down thanks to an energy storage system.