Solar city Gleisdorf
The city Gleisdorf is a leader in using solar energy for years. The town's landmark is the solar tree on the main place with a height of 17.3 metres consisting out of very energy rich "leaves".
Along the "road of solar energy" you can't do only social loafing but above all experience solar energy. Along 3.500 metres through the city centre of Gleisdorf, passing shops and comfortable locals more than 100 sunpower plants await you.
Many artistic designed solar objects like the solar tree, the technical sun clock, solar signposts, solar piano, solar steles, solar info terminal, solar showcases, solar fonts stand here and show another possibility to use sun power.
Addionally low energy houses like the low energy settlement "Sundays" (headquarter of the solar pioneers of the "ARGE Erneuerbare Energie AEE-Intec), at the monastery object city hall, the solar settlement "Johann-Fux-Gasse", the energy park of "Feistritzwerke" and many private solar systems.
The alternative energy park of "Feistritzwerke" shows various solar energy systems and the can be tested:
Thermal collectors, solar fuelling station, photovoltaic plants, photovoltaic façade plants, see through heat isolation, solar fleet with solar bikes, solar gokarts a.s.o.
The solar city even presents action along the motorway - an environmental project to reduce noises by using photovoltaic-modules has been used here.
One more highlight is the only solar swimming pool with artificial waves in Austria.
The project POEM (plant oil using motors) deals with the use of vegetable oil in motor vehicles and in block heat and power plants (simultaneous production of warmth and electricity). Every diesel vehicle can add up to 50 per cent of specially filtered rapeseed oil to normal diesel without loosing quality! You can test a rapeseed oil fuelling station here.
Basic data of solar city Gleisdorf:
The demand of the low-energy-house settlement "Sundays", and object to demonstrate the system, with 1 office and 6 habitation units, is supplied up to 50 per cent by a thermal solar system (brutto collector acreage: 233sqm).