Borealis and Verbund construct PV park at Austrian facility

Borealis and Verbund construct PV park at Austrian facility

Austrian chemical firm Borealis and Austrian energy firm Verbund, one of the largest producers of hydroelectricity in Europe, have announced the installation of a new photovoltaic (PV) array in Schwechat, Austria. The new PV park, which will supply power to Borealis operations on site, is the second to have been jointly planned and implemented by the two companies.

The output provided by the new facility moves Borealis closer to its aim of sourcing 100% of the electricity used in its own operations from renewable sources by the year 2030.

The new solar PV park is located on an industrial plot at Borealis production operations in Schwechat.

The construction phase began in May 2022, with completion anticipated by the end of the year; energy supply should commence soon thereafter. Covering a surface area of around 75,000 sq m, the new array will be composed of approximately 10,220 individual PV modules, each with a nominal power (peak power) of 460 watt-peak (Wp). Combined, the total installed power of the park is projected to reach around 4.7 megawatt-peak (MWp), with an annual energy yield of around 5.6 gigawatt hours (GWh).

This is roughly comparable to the amount of energy consumed annually by 1,400 Austrian households. The entire energy output supplied by the new solar PV park will be used for Borealis production operations. The amount of renewable energy generated will reduce the annual CO2 emissions of this location by nearly 1,200 tonnes.

Thomas Gangl, Borealis CEO, said, “With a current total of three solar PV projects and multiple wind power purchase agreements across Europe, Borealis is making real progress towards realising our goal of sourcing 100% of electricity used in our own production operations from renewable energy sources by 2030 – this underpins how Borealis is re-inventing essentials for sustainable living.”

“We have to act decisively and immediately, and we must cooperate if we want to successfully manage the energy transition from a fossil fuel-based to a renewable-based system,” says Michael Strugl, Verbund CEO.

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