On Wednesday the 11th of July, Ritter Group USA was awarded with the Intersolar Award for the Best Practice Solar Project at the Intersolar North America in San Francisco. The Award was given for the first time in the tradeshow’s history and acknowledges extraordinary solar projects in North America.
Ritter Group USA has been applied for this price which is recognized across the industry, with a solar thermal joint project that enables a facility of the American Youth Organization YMCA to receive significant energy savings by using solar energy for heat generation. The Group accomplished this system in cooperation with the US-American Vanir Energy, LLC.
Mike DiPaolo, President of the Ritter Group USA located in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, accepted the Award at the tradeshow. "We are proud that our accomplishment at the implementation of a large-scale solar project is acknowledged with this price also by industry experts.“
YMCA-system saves more than 1.000t CO2
The implemented project is a large-scale solar thermal system which was built for the William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA in North Carolina. A local youth centre which belongs to the biggest youth organizations worldwide, the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA). The system contributes at site to the warm water heating, the heating of the facility as well as the water-heating of the pool.
The solar thermal systems of the Ritter Group meet these requirements extremely well. Target temperatures of 50 to 110 degrees Celsius / 122 to 230 degrees Fahrenheit as required in the area of industrial process heat, for example, can even be achieved at low irradiation values of 400 W/m² / 200 W per 10.76 square feet – reliable, fast and with high efficiency.
The installed system consists of 210 CPC 45 collectors (Compound Parabolic Concentrator) of the Ritter Group and have a gross area of almost 1000 m². The system avoids in total the emission of more than 1.000t CO2. per year, which would have been incurred when using fossil fuels.
The chairman of the Intersolar, Markus Elsaesser, emphasized this aspect in this speech as well: "This year’s Intersolar AWARD winners in the new solar project category are great examples of trends we are seeing in solar projects”, said Elsaesser. “These installations directly benefit the community with dramatic energy cost savings, educational opportunities and new jobs. They also play a key role in contributing to the amount of renewable energy on the grid, and we will continue to recognize those projects that move the industry forward.”
"Enormous saving potentials possible“
Very pleased with the award was also Jürgen Korff, CEO of the Ritter Group. "We are very excited about the positive development in the American market which is very important to us. Especially in the field of industrial process heating, there are still enormous saving potentials possible by using large-scale solar thermal systems.“
Responsible for the planning of the system was Ritter Group USA, which emerged 2009 from the former company Regasol. The business area of the company focuses mainly on the planning and realisation of large-scale solar systems.