Borealis, an Austrian-headquartered provider of advanced and circular polyolefin solutions and a European market leader in base chemicals, fertilisers and the mechanical recycling of plastics is installing its first solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop array for the generation of electricity for production purposes at an own plant in Monza, Italy. The new installation is powered by solar modules produced by Waaree Energies, India’s largest module manufacturer, using the proprietary Borealis technology Quentys. The Monza installation is the first of several solar projects planned for Borealis production operations, each of which will move the company closer to its goal of sourcing 50% of all electricity it consumes from renewable sources by the year 2030.
First launched by Borealis in 2017, the Quentys umbrella brand offers material solutions based on unique and proprietary technologies that improve the operational reliability of PV modules. Encapsulant film and backsheets made using Quentys extend the operational lifetime of modules, enable higher power output per unit, and experience less cell degradation, resulting in an overall improved rate of return, according to Borealis.
Waaree Energies operates an advanced solar module testing laboratory, the first in India to have been accredited by the Indian National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL). The PV modules used in the Borealis Monza installation have been certified according to the solar module standards of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); and conform with the Italian Fire Class certification UNI 9177. Solar-generated electricity is expected to provide power to Monza operations by the third quarter of 2021. The amount of clean energy thus generated will save nearly 90 tonnes of CO2 emissions/year, the rough equivalent of having planted around 4,000 trees.