Ferrari goes green with new photovoltaic system

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

As part of its continuing renewable resources investment and environmental sustainability programme, Ferrari officially unveiled its Engine Mechanical Machining facility installed with a photovoltaic system on its roof. The work was done by EnerRay, a member of the Maccaferri Group.

By using photovoltaic panels, Ferrari expects that it will reduce by more 210,000 kWh the power that it uses from the national grid yearly. This is not the only thing that the brand is doing to lower the environment impact that result from their production activities.

The brand is also planning to install a trigeneration plant that will hopefully start operations by the middle of the year. This new plant will help the company meet its electricity requirements and result in lowering CO2 emissions by around 25% to 30% for 2009.

The company started the road to environmental sustainability when it achieved ISO 14001 certification in 2001. In 2007, the brand also received Integrated Environmental Authorisation. For a number of years, the company has started different investments aimed at increasing the number of green areas, as well as size, on the outside and inside of its different industrial pavilions.

Currently, the industrial complex has green areas measuring an estimated 165,000 square meters. In addition, more than 200 trees have been planted for the last half years.

These investments aimed at environmental protection are not new to the brand as it was an important component of the Formula Uomo programme that was initiated by President Luca di Montezemolo during the 1990s. This was started so that the individual workers, along with their skills and needs, would form the foundation of Ferrari’s activities.

Press Release

NEW PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM FOR FERRARI

Maranello, 20th January 2009 – The new photovoltaic system, installed on the roof of Ferrari’s Engine Mechanical Machining facility, was officially unveiled to the world today.

The installation comes as part of Ferrari’s ongoing environmental sustainability and renewable resources investment programme.

The photovoltaic panels will reduce the amount of power Ferrari takes from the national grid by over 210,000 kWh annually. The system is the work of EnerRay, a Maccaferri Group company.

Ferrari’s plan to reduce the environmental impact of its production activities also includes the installation of a trigeneration plant which will be operational by the middle of this year. The new plant will cover virtually all of the company’s electricity requirements, which will in turn cut its CO2 emissions in 2009 by 25-30% compared to the present levels.

Ferrari’s commitment to environmental sustainability dates all the way back to 2001 when it was awarded ISO 14001 certification; the Prancing Horse also obtained Integrated Environmental Authorisation in 2007.

Over the last few years, Ferrari has also made numerous investments to increase the size and number of green areas both inside and outside its various industrial pavilions. The complex now boasts around 165,000 square metres of green areas with more than 200 trees planted there in the last six months alone.

Our environmental protection investments are also part of the overall Formula Uomo programme launched in the early 1990s by President Luca di Montezemolo to put the individual workers, their needs and skills at the centre of the Company’s activities.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS OF THE PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM

• Installed by: EnerRay
• Type of system: not integrated – installed on flat roof
• Orientation: SOUTH-FACING
• Number of modules: 1075
• Module type: 185 Wp Mitsubishi Electric
• Peak power: 198.85 kWp
• Annual electrical output: 213,985 kWh
• Number of inverters: 2
• Inverter type: Siemens Sinvert Solar 100, master/slave configuration

 

Topics: ferrari, technology

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