An efficient investment
SuperDévoluy, a ski resort located in the middle of the Dévoluy massif, has a new showpiece since the winter season 2019/20.
A newly installed Sunkid Moving Carpet with a proud length of 129 m and a remarkable 1.2 m belt width attracts visitors' attention, especially at night, because the new eye-catcher in southeastern France is equipped with impressive LED lighting. In addition, a 90-meter Moving Carpet has been installed in the neighboring resort of La Joue du Loup to ease the ascent on the beginner slope.
The ski resort of Dèvoluy offers an enormous range of sporting activities for its visitors, both outdoor and indoor. There is something for everyone in the 100 kilometers of ski slopes. Different levels of difficulty of the slopes offer skiing fun for beginners and advanced skiers. Between impressive hotels and a fantastic panorama, the Moving Carpet not only fulfills its purpose by transporting skiers on the beginner slope to the starting point of the slope, but is also a visual highlight.
The gallery that surrounds the Moving Carpet as a weather protection was equipped with an effective LED lighting and thus the installation attracts attention especially at night. When dusk falls, the Moving Carpet impresses with its colorful light show, but the adjacent hotel and its forecourt also light up the night. With such impressive lighting and a snowy backdrop, night skiing becomes a special experience.
In 2021, the gallery of the 129-meter Moving Carpet was covered with 118 photovoltaic panels. These panels not only provide energy, but also serve as shade.
In addition, the solar panels cover the Moving Carpet's consumption and also provide energy to power, among other things, the technical room of a chairlift.
Responsible for this project was Sunkid France and Sunwed Energy, manufacturer of the panels.
In addition to the illuminated Moving Carpet in Dèvoluy, a second one was installed in the municipality. On the other side of the ski area in La Joue du Loup, a 90-meter Moving Carpet transports visitors up the slope at the beginner's slope. Interactive figures such as ski boxing and turn-arounds provide fun and action on the way down.
Excursus photovoltaic systems
Function, advantages and promotion of photovoltaic systems
A photovoltaic system generates electricity by converting the active solar cells by means of light incidence. These solar cells are made of quartz sand (silicon) and traces of other elements. With small connected metal wires, several solar cells are combined in a housing to form a solar module. Several solar modules are connected together. The energy generated (direct current) is converted to alternating current in the inverter. The generated solar electricity is normally fed into the power grid.
Photovoltaic is one of the most environmentally friendly methods of electricity generation. It is noiseless, free of emissions and does not require any fuel other than sunlight. Photovoltaic cells are usually produced using return materials and sometimes even waste materials from other industries.
Tariff subsidies are regulated by the federal Green Electricity Act. The corresponding level of feed-in tariffs is regulated annually by ordinance (Green Electricity Ordinance). The amount of subsidies varies depending on the location of the installation. In order to receive the subsidy, 100 percent of the electricity generated must be fed into the grid.
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