Schmalz pursues the strategic aim of being a positive energy company. This means, that the own production of electricity and heat from renewable energy sources and the consumption in the company are in balance permanently. This is achieved by a continuous consumption-oriented expansion of renewable energy sources. Schmalz has also taken innovative measures to reduce energy consumption during operation.
The balance for electricity and heat during the last five years shows that it is possible to bring energy requirements in line with energy consumption permanently.
The electricity and heat balance shows a comparison of the energy generated from renewable sources and the energy consumption. The balance sheet shows a congruence of 92% for the energy consumption in the long-term perspective of five years.
Generating energy from renewable energy sources has been a tradition at Schmalz for decades. The company currently relies on the following energy sources:
|Energy source||Wind energy||Photovoltaics||Hydroelectric power||Wood chips|
|Anual energy yield (as of 2015)||2.503.176 kWh||1.260.761 kWh||95.910 kWh||1.197.800 kWh||10.869 kWh|
|Glatten / Empfingen||Company grounds|
In addition to the own generation of energy from renewable sources, Schmalz also places great importance on permanently reducing its own energy consumption. Numerous small and large measures at Schmalz are helping the company to use electricity and heat as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Electricity is needed almost everywhere in the company, which means there is major potential for saving energy. In order to lower energy consumption, Schmalz has introduced the following measures:
For further optimization of the energy consumption there was introduced an innovative load management system. This system is used to off set current load peaks. When a load peak occurs, consumers that do not have to remain switched on all the time are shut down (or set to a lower power consumption level) for at least five minutes. This is an effective way to prevent load peaks and also greatly reduces energy costs.
Schmalz obtains most of the heat that it needs from its own wood chip heating system. However, reducing the heat consumption is still a major priority. There are also taken a number of steps to achieve this:
Whenever it is technically possible and economically sensible, Schmalz supplies its own electricity and heat directly from its own energy sources. Since the amount of electricity from renewable sources does not always correspond to the amount of electricity required, some of the self-generated electricity is fed into the public grid or electricity is brought in from an external provider. To this end, Schmalz has worked with the ”Elektrizitätswerke Schönau” utility company, which has received many awards as a provider of clean, CO2-neutral green energy.