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SEAT inaugurates the largest solar plant of the automotive industry
• The project SEAT al Sol has completed 100% of the installations in its facilities
• The commissioning of the last two plants consolidates SEAT as one of the most
sustainable companies in its sector
• The 53,000 solar panels distributed in its facilities will generate 15 million kWh per
year, equivalent to 25% of the energy required for the annual manufacture of the
new SEAT Leon
The project SEAT al Sol consolidates the Spanish company as one of the industrial companies most sustainable and responsible regarding environment. The commissioning of the last two plants of the project has added a total of 53,000 solar panels installed on the roofings of the workshops and the provisional storage areas for vehicles. The 276,000 square metres of space occupied, equivalent to 40 football fields, have made the Martorell plant to be the largest solar plant in the automotive industry worldwide.
"SEAT is a story of success and a story of commitment" highlighted Jorge Fernández, the Spanish Minister of the Interior, when he reminded those present that SEAT was "a pioneering, innovative and quality company."
Jürgen Stackmann has stated that "SEAT Martorell celebrates its 20th anniversary and the project SEAT al Sol is a clear example of the evolution of the factory which has also just received the Lean Production Award for the quality and efficiency applied in its production processes." In this regard, he has highlighted the importance of the environmental commitment of the brand in its business strategy: "SEAT is a responsible company and the respect for the environment is one of our priorities. We have the largest solar plant on the automotive industry, a fact that proves that our commitment is real."
Zero CO2 emissions and twofold benefit
The project SEAT al Sol, which has been developed together with Gestamp Solar, provides clean energy on a large scale in the same place of consumption (principle of distributed generation). The environmental savings achieved is of 7,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, equivalent to 8.5 times the carbon dioxide absorbed annually by the Central Park in New York. The facilities have nearly 11 MW of nominal power and 12 MW peak power generated by 15 million kWh per year, 25% of the annual energy required to manufacture the new SEAT Leon, with zero environmental impact.
The three phases of the project have been carried out by the installation on structures already built, a system still under development in the industrial sector, which has prevented additional occupation of the territory without affecting the manufacture production processes. In addition, the solar panels installed on the storage areas generate clean energy while protecting cars against adverse weather conditions. The works performed for the project SEAT al Sol, which began in mid-2010, have entailed a total investment of 35 million euros.
Environmental Commitment - ECOMOTIVE Factory
The project SEAT al Sol has become the flagship of SEAT's environmental commitment. However, the company has other emission reduction systems that reflect its high responsibility to the environment. The facilities of the Martorell factory have two train lines of 40 Km to transport vehicles directly to the Port of Barcelona (Autometro) and components from the premises of the Zona Franca of Barcelona (Cargometro). Both lines reduce truck trips by 50,000 trips per year and prevent the emission of 2,000 tons of CO2.
Moreover, the cogeneration plant of the factory generates 50% of power and 90% of the thermal energy it consumes, saving up to 12,800 tonnes of CO2 per year. In addition, thanks to an agreement between SEAT and ACCIONA, 100% of power comes from renewable sources.
The effort and ability of SEAT to establish and encourage high levels of environmental protection were recognized with the ISO 50001 and ISO 14001 certificates. Also, the quality and efficiency applied in production processes has made the Martorell factory to be in 2013 the first Spanish production centre to receive the Automotive Lean Production Award. With these initiatives, the Spanish brand will contribute to the environmental commitment of the Volkswagen Group, which aims to increase the level of sustainability of its factories by 25% in 2018.