Rolls-Royce increases CO2-free power supply with new solar park - Further step towards climate-neutral operation

Posted on June 03, 2022

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  • Cooperation partners open solar park with 3.7 MWp capacity in southern Germany
  • Use of the new solar park will save 1,300 metric tons of CO2 per year in electricity purchases

Rolls-Royce Power Systems Chief Technology Officer and COO, Dr Otto Preiss, solarcomplex CEO Bene Müller and property owner Gerhard Weber opened the new Berghof solar park in Tengen, southern Germany, on Friday 3 June 2022. The plant has an output of 3.7 megawatts and will generate around four million kilowatt hours of electricity per year for Rolls-Royce Power Systems, saving 1,300 tons of CO2 a year compared with electricity available through the German grid network.

Rolls-Royce focuses on sustainable power generation with climate protection program

The new solar park takes Rolls-Royce another step closer to its goal of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions from its operations and facilities as Power Systems has signed a power purchase agreement with the operators for an initial period of ten years. “With our Net Zero at Power Systems program, we are pursuing strict climate protection targets,” explained Dr Otto Preiss. “With ambitious interim targets for 2030, we aim to be completely climate neutral by 2050 across all global sites and areas from production to supply chains to our product portfolio, i.e. in all three recognized categories Scope 1, 2 and 3.”

The company’s own sustainable power generation is a key element in saving greenhouse gas emissions. “In order to increase the feed-in of electricity from renewable sources into the grid near our plants, we are working even more closely with local partners. We are pleased to have found an experienced and competent cooperation partner in solarcomplex and to open the new solar park together today,” explained Preiss.

solarcomplex has already realized solar power plants with a total output of 50 megawatts

The civic enterprise solarcomplex has set itself the goal of converting the regional energy supply largely to renewable energies by 2030. Solar power plants with a total output of over 50 megawatts have already been realized as roof-mounted and ground-mounted systems, as well as regenerative heating networks in 18 communities. “Throughout Germany, the expansion of renewable power generation must be accelerated, and Baden-Württemberg has a particularly high need to catch up. This can only succeed if more and larger projects are also implemented for ground-mounted solar parks. Our Berghof solar park shows how it can be done,” said solarcomplex CEO Bene Müller.

Solar Park Berghof - Facts and figures

Location: 78250 Tengen; South Germany                                                                                

Owner: 1/3 Mr. Weber (land owner), 2/3 solarcomplex GmbH & Co KG

Installed capacity: approx. 3.7 MWp

Annual power generation: approx. 4 million kWh

CO2 savings per year compared to German electricity mix: approx. 1,300 t

Technical lifetime: at least 25, more likely 30 years

Technical and commercial management: solarcomplex AG

Power purchaser: Rolls-Royce Power Systems, Friedrichshafen

About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

  1. Rolls-Royce pioneers the power that matters to connect, power and protect society. We have pledged to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in our operations by 2030 (excluding product testing) and joined the UN Race to Zero campaign in 2020, affirming our ambition to play a fundamental role in enabling the sectors in which we operate achieve net zero carbon by 2050.
  2. Rolls-Royce Power Systems is headquartered in Friedrichshafen in southern Germany and employs around 9,000 people. The product portfolio includes mtu-brand high-speed engines and propulsion systems for ships, power generation, heavy land, rail and defence vehicles and for the oil and gas industry as well as diesel and gas systems and battery containers for mission critical, standby and continuous power, combined generation of heat and power, and microgrids and is intensively engaged in the development of climate-neutral solutions.
  3. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces and navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.
  4. Annual underlying revenue was £10.95 billion in 2021, underlying operating profit was £414m and we invested £1.18 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.
  5. Rolls-Royce Holdings plc is a publicly traded company (LSE:RR., ADR: RYCEY, LEI: 213800EC7997ZBLZJH69).


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