Solar collectors on the roof at Friesen

A new production building has been officially opened at Klarius Group company M. Friesen GmbH in Oranienburg Germany. The move was necessary in order to allow increased production volumes of Friesen automotive starter motors and generators. Around 90 percent of the roof of what will be the fourth building has also been fitted with solar collectors: a total of 540 solar collector modules have been installed covering an area of 1300 m2.

Including the collectors installed on the three existing workshops, this means that from now on, over 50% of the total roof area will be used to generate environmentally friendly energy. As a result, 60% of the company’s annual energy requirement will be covered by energy generated in-house. Parent group Klarius welcomes the generation of solar power as another measure to support the sustainable use of natural resources at the Oranienburg site.

In the medium term, the Klarius Group is planning to continue to expand the production of starter motors and generators at its subsidiary M. Friesen. Hans-Jargen Schlander, Managing Director of Quinton Hazell Deutschland GmbH, the sales company for the Klarius Group in Germany, explains: “Our whole group has ambitious plans for expansion. As we are also keen to continue to grow our Friesen brand, we are putting our trust in a fourth production building. It makes perfect sense to use the roofs of the buildings to generate solar power. This contemporary way of supplying power also fits in perfectly with our idea of a modern production facility.

“We will be carrying the basic idea of solar installations further in our work processes: the sustainable use of resources will be put into practice on a daily basis.” Fahri Oezcan, Head of Production at M. Friesen GmbH, puts this into concrete terms: “We recycle Friesen starter motors and generators at our plant. This recycling of old used parts helps to reduce environmental pollution.

“In the past, an aggressive solvent was used in the ultrasonic cleaning system. Because this fluid was found to be extremely volatile and harmful to the environment, the company modified the whole system to enable a new friendlier cleaning fluid to be used. In addition, a high percentage of the washing water at the Oranienburg site is filtered and re-used.”

Now, more than 50% of the approximately 5000 m2 of roof area is covered with solar collectors, a total of 1412 collectors, which together will generate around 277,500 kilowatts of power each year. Any excess ‘homemade’ power will be fed directly into the public electricity grid of the state utility company in Oranienburg and paid for accordingly.

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