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Car manufacturer Audi bets on geothermal for its facilities in Györ, Hungary

Audi factory in Györ, Hungary (source: flickr/ Audi Standort Györ)
Alexander Richter 22 Dec 2014

To fulfill its global energy and emission reduction targets, Audi bets on geothermal for its heating demand at its factory in Györ, Hungary

The geothermal heating project by PannErgy was topic here a couple days ago.  The interesting fact is that the heat of the project will be used for the heating needs of a plant by German car manufacturer Audi.

The plan is that up to 60 percent of the heating demand for the plant will be fuelled by geothermal heat with a start at the end of 2015. An “advantage through energy”, so the stragegy named by Thomas Faustman the Managing Director of Audi Hungaria.

There are about 11,000 employees at the Audi location in Györ, Hungary, where the company has started an ambitious energy efficiency program. There and for Audi worldwide, the goal has been set to become CO2 neutral.

Between 2010 and 2018, Audi plans to globally reduce consumption of energy and water, CO2 emissions as well waste generation by 25%. Audi Hungaria is full on target and partly beyond. With CO2 neutral geothermal district heating, the Hungarian daughter company of Audi will set new standards for Audi.

With 2 million engines being built annually, the Györ factory is the largest engine manufactory within the Volkswagen Group.

The Györ factory also builds the model A3 limousine and convertibles, as well as the Audi TT/TTS Coupé und Roadster cars.

The overall energy demand for the factory in Györ lies at around 650 GWh, of which 50% are used for building engines, 22% for the manufacturing of cars. About 65% of the energy demand is covered by electricity, 25% by natural gas, and 10% by district heating.

Source: Automobile Industrie Vogel