Porsche Goes CO2 Neutral

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Keeping not only their customer in mind, but also the environment, Porsche is making changes to become CO2 neutral in Zuffenhausen. This long-standing factory will become an integral step and model for the company’s vision of making a "zero-impact factory." Home to the production of the fully electric Taycan, improvements to this plant will close the gap—making the vehicle’s production completely C02 natural. 

 

Both the heat and the power plants produce roughly two megawatts of energy and are fueled exclusively on biogas and residual products produced from organic waste. Unlike traditional plants where the heat would be emitted into the environment, cogeneration plants use the extra heat for heating purposes. By placing them close to areas that need a heat source, the already generated heat is easily repurposed. Strategically doing this eliminates the need to generate heat. An example of this is the paint shop – a part of production which needs consistent heat for the immersion baths and drying areas. 

Offices and production plants at the Zuffenhausen site’s hot water and heat will be sourced from heat generated in the cogeneration plant. Creating a campus of nearly 12,000 employees with incredible efficiency. According to Stephan Hartmann who is part of Porsche’s Environmental and Energy Management division, “The new cogeneration plants have a total efficiency of over 83%.”

 

Porsche’s environmentally conscious goals extend beyond the Zuffenhausen site. Before long Porsche in Stuttgart will use the city’s organic waste for bioenergy. Expected commissions of the plant is 2021. The Taycan is Porsche’s first fully electric four-door sports car. With market launch at the end of 2019, it will be part of a CO2–neutral production process at the Zuffenhausen site. Albrecht Reimold, Member of the Executive Board for Production and Logistics Board, says, “Our objective is not merely to produce a CO2-neutral zero-emissions car, but rather to ensure that we do not leave any environmental footprint at all. To this end, we are pursuing the vision of a ‘zero-impact factory.' The new cogeneration plants are an important step in the right direction.”

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