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AMAG expands Austria's largest rooftop photovoltaic plant

18.07.2022

  •  Expansion of the existing rooftop photovoltaic system to 60,000 m² (equivalent to an area of 9 football fields)
  • Annual energy production of 7.3 GWh (energy requirement of around 2,000 households) for our own use
  • Further step taken towards AMAG's strategy of climate neutrality and climate-neutral production
  • Gradual expansion to around 120,000 square metres is planned

On the path to complete decarbonisation of the AMAG Ranshofen site, the substitution of fossil energy sources, and therfore also solar electricity production, is an essential element. Following the successful commissioning of Austria's largest rooftop photovoltaic system with 55,000 square metres of collector surface in autumn 2021, the first expansion ha s now been undertaken.

With another 5,000 square metres on the roofs of the new logistics hall, the entire plant now covers an area of nine football fields or 60,000 square metres. Annual production increases to 7.3 GWh with the expansion. This amount of energy could supply around 2,000 households with electricity. The green electricity generated is used exclusively at AMAG and supplements the electricity mix, which has already consisted of 100 per cent renewable sources for several years. With the expansion of the rooftop photovoltaic system, AMAG is taking a further step towards CO2 neutrality, which is being supported by ongoing technological improvements and innovations to increase energy efficiency.

In preparation for the substitution of fossil energy, AMAG is investigating the impact of alternative energy sources on production processes along with product properties in current research projects. The upcoming large-scale investments require extensive preparation and planning assurance within the framework conditions. This includes the readily available supply of green energy at internationally competitive prices, an effective infrastructure and efficient dealings with relevant authorities.

Outlook: Further steps for preparation are being taken in order to double the expansion to around 120,000 square metres.

 

PV system on the roofs of the new AMAG rolling mill incl. expansion area on top of the new logistics hall (orange box). (©AMAG)
Image 2:60,000 m² photovoltaic system on the roofs of the new AMAG plant produces 7.3 GWh of electrical power per year (©AMAG)
A view of the roof (©AMAG)
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