Ulm/Taufkirchen, Germany. The sensor solution provider HENSOLDT invests around 1 million euros in renewable energies. The investments at several HENSOLDT locations increase the degree of self-sufficiency and thus make a contribution in the energy crisis.
One goal of the HENSOLDT ESG Strategy 2026 is the conscious use of natural resources. To achieve this goal, photovoltaic systems have already been installed at the Ulm and Taufkirchen sites. In Kiel, the plants are scheduled to go into operation in 2023. For the Oberkochen and Wetzlar sites, comprehensive energy concepts for the new buildings are being considered.
At the Ulm and Taufkirchen locations, the photovoltaic systems have already been built. In Ulm, the system with 80 modules covers 175 square metres and can generate over 20,000 kilowatt hours per year. The system can be found on the roof of the new building 33. Four times as many photovoltaic modules have been installed in Taufkirchen. The 314 modules on Building 88 occupy an area of 820 square metres and, with about 900 hours of sunshine per year, generate over 120,000 kilowatt hours.
“The energy crisis brings new challenges for everyone and in order to meet these in the future, we are in constant exchange with energy providers to look for energy-saving solutions. The use and production of renewable energy is not only helpful in the fight against climate change, but also ensures a higher degree of self-sufficiency,” says Dr Lars Immisch, Chief Human Resources Officer at HENSOLDT.
A plant with 450 photovoltaic modules is being built in Kiel and is scheduled to go into operation in early 2023. The new panel area is 865 square metres in size and is expected to generate approximately 130,000 kilowatt hours per year. In order to store the surplus PV electricity from this plant in the longer term and improve the degree of self-sufficiency, the surplus will be used to produce hydrogen. This hydrogen will then be used again for self-power supply by means of a fuel cell.
Wetzlar is also planning measures in the new building. Thanks to a photovoltaic system with an output of 400,000 kilowatt hours and modern technical and structural measures, the building is to become more than 90 per cent CO²-neutral. There are plans for the new building in Oberkochen with regard to sustainability. With the help of the energy concept, the highest possible degree of self-sufficiency will be achieved, the rest will be provided by regenerative and sustainably generated electricity.
“With numerous measures, we try to reduce our energy consumption wherever possible. However, this is a major challenge in a production plant, which is why it is essential for us to rely on green energy and thereby make our contribution to reducing CO2 emissions,” says Dr Lars Immisch.