An ultramodern geothermal plant is to be constructed in Pér,
close to the Audi Hungaria factory in Gyor in Hungary. After going into
operation in just over a year, it will supply the company with at least 82,000 megawatt
hours of geothermal energy per annum and will cover about 60 pc of total heat
requirements, according to an Audi press release.
“Energy-efficient products and conservation of resources in
production processes have top priority within Audi’s environmental protection,”
stated Dr. Hubert Waltl, Board of Management Member for Production at Audi AG,
adding that “By focusing our attention of the use of raw materials and energy,
we are moving step by step along a path to developing a CO2-neutral production plant. The mobility of the future must be CO2-neutral – and that applies not only to the use of our vehicles, but
also to their production.”
Audi Hungaria utilises a wide range of the latest
technologies for the required efficiency and for lower CO2 emissions in
production. “The geothermal plant is now another important milestone on the way
to achieving our environmental targets at the site in Gyor,” pointed out Thomas
Faustmann, Chief Executive of Audi Hungaria Motor Kft. “We are already one of
the most energy-efficient companies in the region of eastern-central Europe,” he said.
Audi Hungaria will reduce its annual CO2 emissions by a
further 19,800 tons. The planned depth of the well is approximately 2,400
meters, which will require a drilling period of up to two months. After that,
it will be possible to obtain hot water with a temperature of 100 degrees
Celsius, which will be pumped into the heating system.