Heidelberg Officially Opens Cogeneration Plant
This afternoon, Baden-Württemberg's Environment Minister Franz Untersteller and Gerold Linzbach, CEO of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg), officially opened a cogeneration plant at the company's Wiesloch-Walldorf site.
The power and heat generated by the new plant will enable Heidelberg to reduce total energy costs at the site by around ten percent.
Linzbach, who took over as Heidelberg CEO on September 1, 2012, underlined the importance of the new plant for Wiesloch-Walldorf and the region as a whole as a contribution to responsible environmental practices. "Ecological and environmental objectives do not need to be mutually exclusive. In the ideal case scenario, as here with our cogeneration plant project, it is possible to combine the two. In this way, Heidelberg is also actively contributing to the energy revolution in Baden-Württemberg," he explained.
Heidelberg CEO Gerold Linzbach, Baden-Württemberg's Environment Minister Franz Untersteller and Heidelberg management board member Stephan Plenz (from left to right) press the button to start up the cogeneration plant at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.
The new cogeneration plant at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.
Energy Requirements at the Wiesloch-Walldorf Site
With 36 production halls and office buildings occupying some 860,000 square meters of land, the world's largest printing press factory in Wiesloch-Walldorf requires around 60 gigawatt-hours of power each year. Total annual energy costs at the site are in the low tens of millions of euros. One out of every five euros spent to operate the site goes on heat and power. To optimize energy and resource efficiency at Wiesloch-Walldorf, the company worked with external engineering consultants to devise an advanced energy concept. This revolves around building and operating a cogeneration plant with an electric power output of 2 megawatts that will generate 12 gigawatt-hours of electricity each year. Now that it has been commissioned, the plant can cover around 20 percent of the current electricity requirements by burning natural gas, the most environmentally friendly fossil fuel, as its primary energy source. Measured against the average power generation mix in Germany, this will reduce the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere by 3,700 metric tons a year. Energy costs at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site will also be around ten percent lower.