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A QUARTER OF POWER NOW SUPPLIED BY SOLAR ENERGY

Industry/Machine Engineering/Innovation

 

A quarter of power now supplied by solar energy

5,000 square meter photovoltaic system supplies Fill Machine Engineering with environmentally friendly energy

 

One of Upper Austria´s largest photovoltaic systems has been in operation at Fill in Gurten since the beginning of July. Implementation of this project shows how consistently the internationally successful machine engineering experts are implementing their policy of resource-conserving production. The new photovoltaic system will reduce CO2 emissions by some 500 metric tons per year. "Minimizing resource use, reducing emissions, and protecting ground, water, and air are very important to us," explains CEO Andreas Fill.

 

Gurten, 17 July 2018 In around four weeks, ten fitters assembled and installed more than 3,000 individual modules on the roofs of the production halls completed in spring 2018. In total, the system covers an area of 5,000 square meters. The aluminum substructure represented one of the biggest challenges in the installation process. Countless individual parts had to be fitted properly and thousands of meters of cables laid. All the more astonishing is the short period in which the new system was completed and commissioned.

 

Partially self-sufficient

The generated power is largely used on the company premises. Surplus energy is only fed into the local grid – at a pre-determined tariff – at weekends and in the late afternoon. The new system meets around 25 percent of the energy requirements of Fill Machine Engineering. In addition, employees can recharge their vehicles free of charge at 10 electric charging stations. Meters installed by the electricity supplier measure the power data, on-site consumption, and grid feed-in current.

 

Corporate data

Fill is a leading international machine and plant manufacturing company serving diverse branches of industry. The family-owned business excels in the use of the latest technology and methods in management, communication, and production.

Business operations encompass the fields of metal, plastics and wood for the automotive, aircraft, wind energy, sport and building industries. The company is the global market and innovation leader in aluminum core removal technology, casting technology, wood bandsaw technology, as well as in ski and snowboard production machines. Andreas Fill and Wolfgang Rathner are joint CEOs of the company founded in 1966, which is still completely family-owned and now has about 800 employees. In 2017, the company recorded sales of around 160 million euros.

 

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Photo 1: 5,000 square meter photovoltaic system supplies Fill Machine Engineering with environmentally friendly energy.

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Fill employees can recharge their vehicles free of charge at 10 electric charging stations .

 

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Fill Machine Engineering

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