ABB site reduces CO2 emissions 03 May 2024

ABB CO2 emissions (Image credit: ABB)

The Italian production site for ABB residual current devices (RCDs) and energy me-ters in Santa Palomba is reducing its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 675 tonnes a year.

In addition to its existing renewable sources, a new photovoltaic system now supplies a quarter of the site’s energy.

According to ABB, more than 350 people work at ABB Electrification’s Smart Build-ings facility to produce over 16 million devices per year. All electricity purchased by the Santa Palomba facility has been from renewable sources since 2019. The team there collaborated with a logistics partner, Laziale Distribuzione, to implement a smart grid project. More than 3,000 photovoltaic panels are installed in the company’s warehouses next door to the ABB site, and they now provide a peak power of 1.52 MW. Photovoltaic shelters have also been installed in the car parking area, which helps to power 17 electric charging stations for the fleet of electric and plug-in hybrid company cars.

To monitor and optimise energy consumption, the ABB Ability building management software solution was installed to monitor energy consumption in real-time, enabling the site’s team to collect insights either on-site or remotely. It also helps the site man-age consumption efficiency on the most energy-intensive systems, such as air condi-tioning, the compressed air system, air intake and lighting (which is already 100 per-cent LED). By 2025, Santa Palomba plans to replace its boilers with high efficien-cy heat pumps.

"Transitioning away from fossil fuels means integrating more renewable sources into our energy supply along with increasing electrification,” said Mike Mustapha, presi-dent at ABB Electrification’s Smart Buildings. “When it comes to powering the build-ings and cities we live and work in, far more electric power will be a necessity. Our Santa Palomba operations facility follows the principles of our ‘Mission to Zero’ journey. It’s a continuous endeavour, showcasing our commitment to enable a more sustainable and resource-efficient future for all of us. Every day, we empower customers all over the world to optimise, electrify and decarbonise their operations.”

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