Volkswagen India plant reduces energy usage by installing heat recovery system
As a part of ‘Think Blue. Factory’ Project, Volkswagen India Plant at Chakan, Pune receives a new Heat Recovery System that ensures both energy saving and reduction of CO2 emissions. This Heat Recovery Unit has been installed at exhaust end of Top Coat Oven in Paint Shop which will ensure reduced energy consumption to the tune of 4953 MWh/a along with reduced CO2 emissions of 1013/tons/a.
Through this process, Volkswagen India claims impact of production process on the environment will be reduced by 25 percent per car, which will be about 4953 MWh/annum, equal to the energy consumed by 1,300 Indian households a year.
Heat Recovery System at Volkswagen Pune Plant is a part of the company policy to conserve energy and preserve the environment through manufacturing processes measured through five key areas. These include ‘Energy Consumption’, ‘CO2 Emissions’, ‘Water Consumption’, ‘Waste Generation’ and ‘VOC Emissions’.
Heat Recovery at Top Coat Oven will see generation of hot water through exhaust flue gases at 320 degrees centigrade. The use of hot water for pre treatment processes in the Paint Shop will see the saving of consumption of Natural Gas along with reduced electricity besides lower CO2 emissions (reduced by 1013 tons/annum).
Andreas Lauenroth, Executive Director Technical at Volkswagen India Private Limited has regaled the introduction of the innovative Heat Recovery System at Volkswagen Pune Plant. This new breakthrough which contributes to 25% global reduction brings the company closer to its targets for 2018 under Think Blue. Factory program.