Franconian automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler has taken another step towards its planned climate neutrality by 2030 by purchasing a solar park from BayWa r.e. AG .
Schaeffler buys solar park from BayWa
The Schaeffler Group, headquartered in Herzogenaurach, is considered one of Germany’s largest suppliers to the automotive and mechanical engineering industries. The company aims to produce ten percent of its energy requirements itself by 2025, and even 25 percent by 2030, as CEO Klaus Rosenfeld confirmed to Deutsche Presse-Agentur.
With the purchase of the BayWa solar park in Kammerstein, Franconia, the company is now a big step closer to achieving these goals. Covering an area of around 10.7 hectares, the photovoltaic park generates a peak output of around ten megawatts, which Schaeffler says is enough to generate electricity for two percent of the company’s German sites.
At the same time, the company plans to save more energy and rely more on renewable energy sources in order to achieve the goals it has set for itself. A few weeks ago, Schaeffler installed solar modules on 1800 square meters of roof space at its Herzogenaurach headquarters.
An electrolysis plant with 15 megawatts of power at the headquarters, to be built by French hydrogen expert Lhyfe, is also part of the Schaeffler Group’s energy concept. Starting in 2025, this will generate around 3.7 tons of green energy per day via hydrogen at the company’s own plant and for regional customers.
The company manufactures key components for electrolysers for hydrogen production itself, which is why this field is of particular economic interest to Schaeffler. However, the constant availability of sustainable energy is also of crucial importance to the company, according to Andreas Schick, a member of the Schaeffler Executive Board.
“Energy must be generated sustainably, be plannable from a business perspective, and always be available. For this reason, Schaeffler is pursuing a strategy of increasingly relying on its own energy generation in addition to supply agreements and generating a quarter of its global energy requirements itself from its own resources by 2030. The photovoltaic park in Kammerstein is an important step in this regard, which will be followed by further measures,” said Schick.