FilSun project kick-off

Developed by Photowatt R&D, EDF Hydro, EDF R&D and the company Mécamont, this innovation project aims to provide new solutions for photovoltaic development in a context of growing scarcity of land dedicated to large-scale projects.

The FilSun project was officially kicked off on Thursday February 8 in the presence of all the stakeholders. This collaborative project, supported by European LIFE funding over a 3-year period, will be developed by our R&D Department in partnership with teams from EDF Hydro, EDF R&D and Mécamont.

The purpose of the program is to develop new photovoltaic solutions in response to the current problem of access to land in France. The program involves the deployment of photovoltaic modules suspended over hydroelectric canals, whose potential is estimated by EDF at 2GWp in France.

Groupe de travail pour le projet Filsun à Carbonne

Land use conflicts are an increasingly important constraint on the large-scale development of photovoltaic solar energy. As a result, innovations such as the so-called “Agrivoltaic” installations are appearing, whose common feature is the dual use of land.

The FilSun project is fully in line with this logic of installing photovoltaic systems on an already artificial surface, thus increasing the value of the land.

1st Suspended Panels Demonstrator

Prototype Filsun

The project consists of developing and installing a 1MWp demonstrator with low-carbon bifacial photovoltaic modules supplied by Photowatt and supported by cables over a canal connected to an EDF hydroelectric power station located in Haute Garonne.

EDF HSO is the project leader and will be the final operator of the photovoltaic plant. Mecamont is responsible for the structural design and installation of this industrial pilot plant.

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