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Compact and efficient HIT solar cells installed at the German Federal Environment Agency ch.02

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Click on the image to watch the video. Length: 3 min 43 sec
The Federal Environment Agency's new "Net Zero Energy Building." [0 min 37sec]

This video report introduces energy solutions that Panasonic offers in Europe. The new Federal Environment Agency building was constructed in Berlin, Germany's capital. This was built as a "Net Zero Energy Building" - a building that consumes hardly any energy. In order to create the same level of energy that the building will consume, over 46,000kWh of energy must be created annually on the limited space available on the rooftop. Panasonic's HIT solar modules were selected to make this possible. Please take a look at how Panasonic's sophisticated technologies help contribute to energy solutions in this environmentally advanced nation.

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"Net Zero Energy Building" - an energy neutral structure [0 min 16 sec]

Mr. Gerd Schablitzki of the Federal Environment Agency explained that a "Net Zero Energy Building" is a building that aims to balance the energy consumed by air conditioning, lighting, ventilation, etc. with the supply of warm water and energy creation. The Federal Environment Agency was looking to equip the rooftop of this new agency building with solar panels that would create the same amount of energy the building will consume. But since the rooftop space was limited, very efficient solar panels were necessary to generate that level of energy (over 46,000kWh per year). That is why Panasonic's HIT solar modules, which boast the industry's highest energy conversion rate, were selected to meet these stringent requirements.

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Mr. Schablitzk of the German Federal Environment Agency was kind enough to answer our questions. [0 min 41 sec]

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The HIT solar modules supply the same level of energy as the building consumes. [1 min 35 sec]

Extremely efficient, high quality HIT solar modules [1 min 32 sec]

281 HIT solar modules were installed on the roof of the new agency building. The output of each cell increased by 30 to 40% in comparison to conventional crystalline silicone by giving a special treatment to amorphous silicone.

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281 HIT solar modules were installed on the roof. [2 min 04 sec]

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The conversion efficiency of each cell is 30 to 40% better than conventional solar cells with crystalline silicone. [2 min 13 sec]

Making Panasonic's energy solutions more widespread in Europe [2 min 57 sec]

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Mr. Christian Comes, the Manager of the Solar Sales Department, Panasonic Eco Solutions Energy Management Europe. [3 min 35 sec]

In Europe, where solar panels are already quite common, the demand for energy systems is on the rise. Mr. Christian Comes explained that "Energy systems where you can create, manage, and store energy and we have all the technologies necessary for that. We have batteries, we have solar, and we have energy management systems. Photovoltaics in Europe are already widespread, but now demand is coming up for energy systems. We are preparing this energy system for our customers in Europe."