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Volpak Shows Commitment to Sustainability Through Solar Power Installation

Spanish machinery manufacturer Volpak takes a major step toward eco-friendly operations with the addition of a photovoltaic generator field to its Barcelona facility.

Solar Panel Roof Volpak 2

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Volpak, a developer of automatic machines and systems for flexible packaging, is taking a significant leap towards sustainability through the implementation of a photovoltaic generator field at its facility.

Embracing Eco-Friendly Practices for a Sustainable Tomorrow

The importance of industries transitioning towards eco-friendly practices cannot be overstated. The integration of cutting-edge technologies with a commitment to environmental stewardship sets a green standard, inspiring other industries to follow suit for a healthier planet and more sustainable business practices.

Construction Details

These reasons led Volpak to the construction of a photovoltaic field, made by 920 SHARP mono solar panels, each boasting a capacity of 540 Wp, covering a substantial area of 2,300 m2. Strategically positioned on an aluminum support structure inclined at 10°, these panels ensure optimal exposure to sunlight, thereby maximizing overall system efficiency. An outstanding feature of this system is its ability to individually disconnect each series of panels through continuous current switches, offering flexible and precise management of the generated energy.

Energy Production

The entire system has a total capacity of 496,800 Wp, seamlessly integrated into the internal electrical grid of the building, effectively contributing to meeting the internal energy demand. Four three-phase inverters, each with a capacity of 110 kW, guarantee that the produced electricity aligns with the voltage and frequency standards mandated by current regulations, ensuring a continuous and reliable flow.

Operational Overview

Since June 19, 2023, when the installation became operational, all photoelectric energy generated, expected to reach 84,675 kWh by year-end, has been primarily directed towards self-consumption. This strategic shift significantly reduces current consumption from the power grid, with estimates suggesting that the energy saved will account for an impressive 42% of the total electrical consumption, thereby forecasting a substantial reduction in emissions of tons of CO2.

A Tradition of Innovation

Volpak's commitment to sustainable energy management underscores a concrete contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, exemplifying the potential positive impact of sustainable initiatives in the corporate context.

Alain Zijlstra, CEO of Volpak, says: "Beyond the reduction in energy costs, this choice reflects our long-term commitment to sustainability. With this installation, we aim to demonstrate that it is possible to marry operational efficiency with eco-friendly business practices."

The decision not to integrate an energy storage system aligns with Volpak's vision, focusing on directing energy production towards the internal electrical grid. This approach aims to promote energy efficiency and sustainable resource-sharing. It exemplifies how technology and sustainability can converge into a unified vision, paving the way towards a greener and more responsible corporate future.

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