In November 2010, S.O.L.I.D. Gesellschaft für Solarinstallation und Design mbH was awarded the “Solar Pioneer Award” of the Republic of Singapore for the plant “United World College – Solar Cooling” currently under construction as the only solar thermal project. In cooperation with other Austrian technology experts like the company ÖkoTech, the plant will be completed in spring 2011, and it will be the largest solar cooling plant world-wide then.
The technology for it comes from Graz: the ultra-efficient “Gluatmugl” collectors, which occupy a space of 3,900 m², are manufactured by Oekotech, a subsidiary of the S.O.L.I.D Austria Group, and generate 2,200 MWh of green energy per year. This large-scale plant will deliver all of the hot water and an additional cooling load of up to 1.6 MW for standard air conditioning. An especially innovative trait of the project is the business model as the plant is realised in the framework of a contracting model. This was made possible with the support of the financing partners RLB Steiermark and OEKB. For more information, go to solid.at.