Weed control barrier from DuPont used to de-contaminate solar park

  • 4 Feb 2015

DuPont Plantex Gold weed control barrier was used by SUNTEC Energiesysteme GmbH in the construction of its solar park

The construction of the photovoltaic park began in 2013 on the site of a former contaminated railway sleeper production plant.

SUNTEC Energiesysteme GmbH chose DuPont Plantex Gold non-woven weed control barrier as a solution for use on the weed-infested ground.

Distributed by Root Barrier B.V, the product was specified to maintain the efficiency of the solar park.

Plantex Gold is made from polypropylene. The thermally bonded material combines both weed control and soil erosion control in one product. It can be used on a variety of soils.

Easy installation

The weed control material was held in position by the photovoltaic system’s rail profiles after being cut to size

Because of the soil’s contamination, anchor pins could not be used to secure the fabric to the ground. Therefore, the Plantex weed material was cut and rolled out on the 18,000 square metre area and secured by the rail profiles of the photovoltaic panels.

Plantex Gold can be left exposed for up to 5 years, as it has been designed to be UV and weather resistant. However, SUNTEC Energiesysteme GmbH chose to cover the fabric with a gravel layer of 5cm thick to give it additional protection from UV.

The decision has extended the lifespan of the product to up to 25 years.

Find out more about DuPont Plantex Gold

Contact:

DuPont Protection Solutions,
BBSP1,
Bristol & Bath Science Park,
Dirac Crescent,
Emersons Green,
Bristol,
BS16 7FR

Tel: 08444 068 722

Visit the DuPont Plantex website

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