In collaboration with E.ON, Audi is constructing a solar energy park on the two logistics centers at Gyor factory, covering an area of around 160,000 square meters. This is the biggest photovoltaic system in Europe installed in a building of the Audi Hungaria plant in Gyor. It has a maximum capacity of 12 megawatts. Construction will begin in August 2019 and renewable energy production will begin probably by the early months of next year.
As part of the joint development with E.ON Hungaria, Audi is offering large roofs space of 80,000 square meters of the two logistics centers, for the construction of the solar park. Europe’s largest solar plant on a roof is under construction. E.ON will operate and continue to use the 35,000 solar cell fleet with a yearly yield of more than 9.5 GWh of electricity. This matches up to the annual energy requirement of 5,000 households. With green energy from regenerative sources, about 6,000 tons less of carbon dioxide are released into the air.
Karsten Wildberger, an EON board member, added, “Smart energy management is necessary for companies that wish to accomplish their sustainability objectives. We assist clients such as Audi, who correlate climate safety with their business and thus produce value for society and their customers.”
In addition, Audi AG and its partners are committed to offering closed-loop capabilities and reusing them as fully as possible. “We were the first leading manufacturer to certify and gauge our carbon footprint in 2014. Since then, we have been constantly working to decrease carbon emissions,” said Director of Environmental Protection at Audi AG, Rudiger Recknagel. “We also install new technologies in all our factories that can improve recycling, reduce water consumption, and prevent air pollution.”