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Green power - reducing the carbon footprint of uPVC windows

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A total of 4,583 modules were installed in the PV system on five roofs at profine GmbH's Pirmasens site. Photo: profine

 

uPVC windows are renowned for their performance in improving building energy efficiency because of the insulating properties of PVC. However like any product, the manufacturing process to produce uPVC profiles for windows requires energy.

 

But now a leading manufacturer of uPVC profiles for windows and doors, profine GmbH – International Profile Group – has installed a large photo-voltaic system and connected it to the grid at its manufacturing site at Pirmasens in Germany. The impressive project is one of the last photo-voltaic systems of this size to be approved for construction under the German government's previous Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG).

 

4,583 PV modules were installed across a total of five factory roofs at profine GmbH's site. The PV system has a total peak output of 1,214.5 kilowatts and enables profine GmbH to significantly reduce its CO2 greenhouse gas emissions by 643 tonnes per year.

 

Sustainable development and future-oriented investments in the company's sites are a top priority for profine Group. Owner and CEO, Dr. Peter Mrosik explained: “As an owner-managed group, we do our utmost to achieve sustainable development. This is the reason our carbon footprint as a whole and sustainable investments are extremely important to us."

 

The sheer size of the system necessitated an extremely careful approach to module planning and installation on the part of project developer WIRSOL from Baden-Württemberg, with the biggest overall challenge being the time required for EEG-compliant completion and subsequent connection to the grid.

 

“The challenge with any project of this size is to bring the system on stream without interrupting operations and so avoid any downtime for profine GmbH,” explained Johannes Gross, sales manager at WIRSOL.

 

WIRSOL is a brand name of energy provider WIRCON GmbH. WIRCON GmbH was established in December 2013 with the aim of developing, constructing and operating renewable energy projects.

 

With its KBE, KÖMMERLING, and TROCAL brands, the profine Group supplies its products to 70 countries including Australia, with production facilities in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, India, Ukraine, the USA and China.

 

profine International Profile Group is a signatory to the Australian industry's PVC Stewardship Program.

 

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