- SKODA power plant to reduce CO2 emissions by a quarter
- We Are Players by Stephen Brooks
- SKODA has started producing a test fleet of Octavia Green E lines
Posted: 30 Aug 2011 07:42 PM PDT
SKODA wants to reduce the CO2 emissions from the thermal power plant SkoEnergo by one quarter until the year 2015. The reduction is to be achieved primarily through the utilization of biomass. In 2015, about one third of the total power generated shall come from renewable energies. The power plant of the SKODA subsidiary SkoEnergo was put into operation in 2000. It produces power for the vehicle production at the headquarters of the manufacturer and serves as the thermal power plant for the city of Mlada Boleslav.
The annual power generation by SkoEnergo amounts to 420,000 MWh. Even today, 50,000 MWh of that amount is already generated through the incineration of biomass. Until the year 2015, the amount of power generated from biomass should increase to 140,000 MWh. One third of the generated power should then be provided by renewable sources.
Michael Oeljeklaus, the SKODA board member for production and logistics as well as the chairman of the supervisory board of SkoEnergo, underlines the important contribution of this measure toward the sustainability strategy of the car manufacturer: “In order to evaluate the environmental friendliness of a vehicle, one must take its entire lifecycle into consideration. In doing so, an environmentally friendly production is of extraordinary importance. We have already achieved significant improvements with the construction of the power plant in 2000. Now, SkoEnergo wants to take another giant step in the next four years and reduce CO2 emissions by a total of 25 percent until 2015. This is a central measure within the framework of our sustainability policy and shows how determined SKODA pushes its efforts in environmental protection,” said Oeljeklaus.
Miroslav Zdansky, the commercial manager of SkoEnergo, adds: “Our company is steadily reducing CO2 emissions. Biomass has already been used since the year 2005 and to date has proven to be very effective. The savings amount to about 50,000 metric tons of CO2 per year compared to the traditional energy generation through the incineration of coal and gas. With the measures being implemented until 2015, we can increase the annual savings up to 130,000 metric tons of CO2.”
Whereas classic coal-fired power plants release 750,000 metric tons of CO2 into the air in the production of the same amount of energy, SkoEnergo’s modern facility was able to reduce CO2 emissions to 520,000 metric tons. Until 2015, emissions are to decrease to 390,000 metric tons.
Posted: 30 Aug 2011 07:03 AM PDT
A short film from the recent Scene Media x Players BBQ held at Meguiars HQ in the UK .. fantastic afternoon with some cool cars, cool people and good food!
Music – DJ Fresh : Louder
Posted: 29 Aug 2011 07:55 PM PDT
SKODA Auto has started producing a test fleet of ten Octavia Green E Lines. In cooperation with contractors, the vehicles will be used to gather information regarding the actual usability, reliability and safety of electromobiles. SKODA’s first-ever vehicle with a 100% electric drive, the Octavia Green E Line pursues the brand’s strategy focused on environmentally friendly operation of passenger cars.
The first Octavia Green E Lines are going to appear on the road this year in autumn. Drivers will recognize it by design marks and new safety feature – sound generator that simulates sound of engine up to the speed of 40 km/h). Experts believe that electromobiles will play an increasingly important role in reducing CO2 emissions. In close cooperation with the Volkswagen Group, SKODA wants to play a leading role in this process. That is why information gathered in ordinary traffic is seen as an important input for further research & development in this area.
Electric drive is an integral part of the package of drive technologies that SKODA offers across its model portfolio in its quest to reduce emission and consumption levels and increase effectiveness. Whether it is downsizing applied throughout the engine portfolio or sophisticated technologies used in the second-generation GreenLine models such as the start-stop system, energy recovery and now the electric drive, the key driver is always the same, i.e. the brand’s intention to offer vehicles that are as environmentally friendly and as safe as possible. In pursuit of this philosophy, SKODA is going to offer its customers the first plug-in hybrid vehicle in the future.
SKODA Auto BOD Member for Technological Development Dr. Eckhard Scholz says: “Emission-free mobility is one of our key goals for the future, and my opinion is that electromobiles are the right answer to the increasingly stringent emission limits and the need to develop the automotive industry sustainably. Our strength lies in a combination of our highly competent and qualified technological development staff and the Volkswagen Group’s extensive know-how, and I believe that it is exactly this combination that will enable us to develop an electromobile to be seen as a real step forward.”
The Green E Line is based on the Skoda Octavia Combi. With its modular floor design, this series-production car is considered the ideal option in terms of arranging the battery, the electronic control units and the electric engine with a constant power of 60 kW and max. power of 85 kW. In developing this car, SKODA used some of the existing VW Group modules, too. Available right after the start (as is typical of this type of drive), the maximum torque of 270 Nm gives the car enough power for a sharp pull-out and a good amount of agility and responsiveness, which the driver will appreciate mainly when accelerating in busy city traffic. The Octavia Green E Line accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just twelve seconds, and its maximum speed is limited to 135 km/h. The electricity for the Octavia Green E Line is supplied by a modern ion-lithium battery (26.5 kWh) with a range-per-charge of 150 kilometers that is made up of 180 lithium-ion cells, weighs about 315 kilograms and recovers energy as the driver brakes with the engine.
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