Use of wind power in Redcar/England
In September 2014, construction of a wind power system was completed at our UK ElringKlinger plant in Redcar. The coastal location of our plant provides the ideal conditions for generating power from wind turbines. The system has been operating since December 2014 and, at average wind speeds of 6.1m/sec, produces around 1,400 MWh of green power. This has led to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 600 tons per annum.
Reducing unnecessary transportation
A new, two-storey packaging logistics center with a 3,500 m2 footprint features a cleaning system for the type of reusable containers used by the Automobile Association to deliver the various products. In the past, such containers had to be transported from the ElringKlinger plants of Dettingen/Erms and Runkel by an external service provider some 150 km to Heidelberg, where they were cleaned after use and then returned to the original locations. In future, with the help of staff from the charity organization BruderhausDiakonie, over 4,500 containers a day will be able to be cleaned and made ready for reuse and recall at the Dettingen plant itself. This will save time and money and, above all, protect the environment from unnecessary transportation.
Purchase of new cogeneration system in Dettingen/Erms
In mid-2014, a combined head and power system (CHP) was commissioned at the Dettingen/Erms headquarters. The CHP units are augmented by an absorption cooler that allows waste heat to be used for cooling purposes in summer. This means any heat generated can be used the whole year round.