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ABB powers world-first C02 neutral factory in Germany

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 8, 2019
In Lüdenscheid, Germany, ABB shows how a sustainable energy transition can succeed with digital energy managemen.
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After a two-year design and construction phase, as part of its “Mission to Zero” project, ABB has opened its first CO2-neutral and energy self-sufficient production site in the world, with the commissioning of a solar power plant at a factory of its subsidiary Busch-Jaeger.[break]

ABB technology will generate enough power from the solar plant to cover, on sunny days, 100 percent of the factory’s power requirements.

The flagship site will save about 630 tonnes of CO2 a year.

The full energy cycle of the factory has been created with ABB's industry-leading energy-efficient components so that the entire system can run with significantly less power.

A large part of the energy that is needed is created with a sustainable solar power plant and an extremely energy-efficient cogeneration plan.

Measuring 3,500 square meters and installed over the car parks on the company premises, the photovoltaic system will deliver around 1,100 MWh of climate-neutral solar power a year approximately the annual requirement of 3,360 private households.

In combination with a cogeneration plant, which operates with double the energy efficiency of a coal-fired power plant, around 14 percent more energy can be generated than is needed at the site.

The surplus power is fed into the public grid, contributing to the region’s power supply with sustainably produced energy.

To cover peaks in demand, additional green energy is sourced from MVV Energie AG, which guarantees 100 percent CO2-neutral production.