Brabanthallen 's-Hertogenbosch placed 5,000 solar panels on roof
The Brabanthallen ‘s-Hertogenbosch event complex was recently fitted with 5,000 solar panels on the roof, so that the building now produces more energy than it consumes. This is a logical development for the Brabanthallen in their steps towards sustainability.
At Brabanthallen ‘s-Hertogenbosch, sustainability is of paramount importance. As one of the largest event complexes in the Netherlands, environmentally friendly solutions are therefore preferred. The roof is now equipped with 5,000 solar panels, so the complex produces more energy than it consumes. In one year, the panels supply approximately 1,600,000 kWh, which corresponds to the consumption of 586 households with an average electricity consumption per household of 2,730 kWh/year (see www.nibud.nl).
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This is a combined project for solar installation (PV panels) and roof renovation. First, the roof is fitted with white roofing material and the roofs are additionally isolated. The white roofing reduces heating caused by the roof in the halls. With extra isolation, heating through the roof in summer and heat loss from the halls in winter is reduced. Subsequently, 5,000 so-called amorphous, also known as flexible solar panels, were installed by means of a lightweight adhesive system. A nice solution for lightweight construction. The panels weigh only 4 kg/m2, which means that little weight has been added to the roofs so that sufficient weight can still be hung in the roof constructions for the events in the Brabanthallen.
An important consideration when purchasing solar panels is, of course, sustainability. Solar energy is a source of green, sustainable energy. Solar panels reduce CO2 emissions. In addition, the use of solar panels offers financial benefits, which are not an unnecessary luxury with the current energy prices. The proceeds of the 5,000 solar panels are approximately 1.6 million kilowatt hours per year. Power consumption by Brabanthallen varies. At one moment this can be over 100% of the capacity of the solar power installation and sometimes hardly any power is used.
Sustainability is becoming increasingly important for companies. Previously, Brabanthallen ‘s-Hertogenbosch had already switched to LED lighting, which has a longer lifespan and consumes up to 90% less energy than other forms of lighting. In addition, the LED lighting at Brabanthallen is linked to motion sensors, so that they are not switched on continuously. During the course of this year, Brabanthallen will expand the parking area, including a section for charging stations. For example, visitors to events, but also residents from the area, can charge their electric cars there.