• Dec 3, 2010
Audi is rolling out a new solar program for its fledgling fleet of eTron electric vehicles. The German manufacturer is planning to expand the solar panel system at its facility in Ingolstadt so that the electric vehicle's batteries may be charged using clean, renewable energy from the sun. Audi says that by the end of the year, it hopes to cover some 80,730 square feet of the plant's roof with new photovoltaic panels. By the end of the project, Audi says it will have nearly 205,000 square feet of its German manufacturing facility's roof covered with the solar cells. The company says that the new installation alone should produce enough electricity to power 180 homes.

Audi plans to only use about one third of the electricity produced by its solar system directly at the plant, with the juice going to both charge the company's eTron vehicles and assist in the manufacture of other products. The rest of the energy will likely be fed back into the surrounding power grid. Hit the jump for the full press release.

[Source: Audi]


PRESS RELEASE
AUDI AG: Solar energy for the e-tron

* Photovoltaic equipment to be extended at Ingolstadt production plant
* New electric car charging stations use green electricity
* Audi Plant Manager Peter Kössler: "We aim to set the standards in every area"

Audi is to use solar energy for future mobility: at the Company's main plant in Ingolstadt, Audi e-tron models will in future have their batteries charged with current obtained directly from photovoltaic equipment on the plant site. The Company is greatly extending its solar energy capacity: by the end of the year additional photovoltaic modules will have been installed on a 7,500 square meter area of the new Audi A3 body construction building's roof.

"This concept shows that Audi is tackling the topic of electromobility systematically," said Plant Manager Peter Kössler. The photovoltaic installation uses innovative thin-layer modules that satisfy the most stringent environmental protection, efficiency and flexibility standards. "We aim to set the standards in every area," added Kössler.

Audi is again extending its cooperation with Green City Energy: in 2009 this Munich-based company installed photovoltaic modules on an area of 11,600 square meters at the Ingolstadt plant. Audi has now made an additional 7,500 square meters of roof area available on the Audi A3 body construction building, with a peak output rating of 500 kilowatts. Approximately 460 MWh of electricity can be obtained from this new installation, enough to satisfy the annual needs of around 180 households. The extension increases the total annual output from all the plant's installations of this type to about 1,500 MWh, of which approximately one third is used directly where it is generated.

This is the first time that solar energy generated on site has been used directly in Audi's electricity network. As well as the new battery charging stations for electric cars, other production facilities will also use this green electricity. By reducing transmission losses, consumption at the generating point makes a worthwhile contribution to energy generation according to climate-friendly principles.

Audi also makes use of solar energy at its second German production plant in Neckarsulm. The photovoltaic installation there is located on the roofs of several garage parking facilities, and generates more than 1,000 MWh of electrical energy annually
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      • 1 Day Ago
      Here is a link giving the actual daily output of German solar power:
      http://www.energyfromthorium.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=2689&st=0&sk=t&sd=a

      Today they hit a staggering 2% of nominal installed capacity!

      To say that this is a con-job and a head fake by renewables only ideologues is putting it mildly.
      Germany has spent a staggering 50 bn Euros on the renewables scam - and they still have some of the highest per capita CO2 emissions in Europe, as do the Danes, also loony about renewables.

      The key is that you put solar arrays where it is sunny. This seems beyond the genius's who are scamming the money to build the darn things, and the ever gullible greens insist on wasting huge sums.

      This is Audi PR, and has nothing whatsoever to do with providing appreciable amounts of power at reasonable rates.
        • 1 Day Ago
        You do realize that it was partly cloudy today in Germany and it is nearing the winter solstice so the sun is very low on the horizon and PV production declines significantly if the array is fixed rather than solar-tracking. Pretty much the worst time of the year to produce solar power, but go ahead, pile on.

        On 11/28(still winter) peak power reached 2GW which is equivalent to 2 nuclear power plants or 4 coal plants. Its too bad they don't let you pick any date so you could see how much it generates during the summer(when peak generation is required for air conditioning).
        • 1 Day Ago
        dreadfully unintelligent comment
        • 1 Day Ago
        I clicked back as far as mid-October. It was routinely hitting 50% then. The clicking is tedious, but if someone were so inclined to go back farther, I'm sure it would improve well over that in the summer months.
        • 1 Day Ago
        I am well aware that it is approaching the winter solstice. Annual variability at high latitudes is the very problem I am pointing out.
        Over the 24 hours solar never approaches 50% even in the best climates, as it is dark half the time.
        In areas like Phoenix, Arizona you might get 18% or so.

        Electricity use in Germany peaks in the winter, not the summer.
        Solar providing energy in the summer is as much use as feet on a fish, and simply means that still more of the grid has to be run inefficiently as non-base load.
        Solar in Germany and the UK produces what little power it does at vast cost precisely when it is only good for making running the grid harder.
        Electricity is little used for heating and so on in places like Germany and Denmark precisely because the fad for renewables has put costs up so far that it is uneconomic to do so.
        So they use gas and coal for heating, where they would often use electricity in France.

        I repeat, you put solar where it is sunny when you need it, and even then it is an expensive option.
        Putting up solar at vast expense in Germany is lunacy.
      • 1 Day Ago
      anything but make good EVs.