Sunny future for Ferrari production

  • 22-Jan-2009 12:23 EST
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A rooftop-mounted photovoltaic system is now supplying power to Ferrari's Engine Mechanical Machining facility.

Many vehicle manufacturers apply environmentally supportive systems in their factories as well as on their vehicles. One of the latest developments comes from Ferrari, with a south-facing photovoltaic system installed on the flat roof of its Engine Mechanical Machining facility in Modena.

The system, supplied by EnerRay, a Maccaferri Group company, comprises 1075 185-Wp Mitsubishi Electric modules. It will reduce the power Ferrari takes annually from Italy’s national grid by more than 210,000 kWh, according to the company. Peak power of the system is 198.85 kWp. Two Siemens Sinvert Solar 100 master/slave inverters are used.

The decision to install the system has been made as part of Ferrari’s environmental sustainability and renewable resources investment program. This also includes the installation of a tri-generation plant (producing power, heating, and cooling) that will be operating by mid-2009. It will provide most of the company’s energy requirements, reducing emissions by up to 30% compared to current levels, the company says.

It has been eight years since Ferrari gained ISO 14001 certification for its environmental sustainability efforts. Two years ago, it achieved Integrated Environmental Authorization.

Development of its Modena facilities has also involved investments to increase the size and number of green areas. This has resulted in a current total of 165,000 m2 (1.78 million ft2) of green space. Since mid-2008, more than 200 trees have been planted in the area.

In a statement at the unveiling of the photovoltaic system, which has an annual electrical output of 213,985 kWh, Ferrari said that its environmental protection investments formed part of the Formula Uomo program. This was launched in the early 1990s by company President Luca di Montezemolo to put individual workers, their needs, and skills at the center of Ferrari’s activities.

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