Saint-Gobain steps up global renewables profile
Saint-Gobain is stepping up its renewables profile after taking delivery of 100 Volkswagen 1D.3 all-electric cars in the UK and Ireland, and pledging to move its entire 3,000-car fleet to electric and hybrid by the end of 2023.
Mike Chaldecott, CEO of Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland, said: "For every business the change required is immense, but we are absolutely committed to being successful in making our own operations net zero, and supporting customers in many different ways with their own sustainability journeys."
Ian Berrill, Transport & Supply Chain Solutions Director, added the agreement with VW is just one step we will be taking on our journey to reduce carbon and will install charging points at colleagues' homes.
Saint-Gobain in the US recently entered into a 12-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Invenergy, a leading privately held global developer and operator of sustainable energy solutions, for 120MW of the 250MW Blooming Grove Wind Farm capacity in McLean County, Illinois, which recently started operations.
The agreement is a key milestone in supporting the Group’s target to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The associated Renewable Energy Certificate System (RECS) represents 40 percent of the Group’s CO2 emissions from electricity in the US, resulting in a 21 percent reduction of Saint-Gobain's overall carbon footprint (scope 1 and 2) in the US.
With this agreement and other ongoing projects, the share of renewable electricity within Saint-Gobain’s worldwide electricity consumption will double in 2021, from 18.9% in 2020.
The company is also developing its Renov'up program in France, to accelerate innovation with energy renovation of buildings. Selected applicants will be able to test their solutions and be given support to develop them in three phases, the first of which is open until May.
Further measures to support its transition include the formation of a Net Zero Carbon Colleague Assembly, made up of more than 40 colleagues who will each engage and challenge the business to meet their commitments and help inform investment decisions made by the business to reduce emissions.
Sungrow links Europe's largest energy storage plant to grid
Europe's largest energy storage project, the 100MW/100MWh Minety plant featuring Sungrow's 1500V energy storage system solutions, has been successfully connected to the UK grid.
The UK experienced the most debilitating blackout in nearly a decade in August 2019. The incident exposed the serious lack of frequency regulation of the national grid and demonstrated that the construction of energy storage projects that can regulate the frequency of the grid in a timely fashion should be prioritised. The Minety project, which began at the end of 2019, considerably mitigates the problem and is designed for facilitating grid stability and maximising renewable energy utilisation.
Sungrow supplied both NCM and LFP battery energy storage system solutions featuring high integration, which minimise the footprint, slash the commissioning duration and significantly reduce the system cost by 5%. The solution well meets the latest UK frequency regulation requirement called dynamic containment - requesting the plant to respond to the power instruction of the grid within 1 second, making the project one of the rare 30% of the UK's storage plants equipped with this function.
"We are proud of being part of this landmark project, offering solutions with extreme efficiency and safety while in compliance with the stringent UK grid codes," said James Wu, Vice President of Sungrow, which shipped more than 800MWh of energy storage systems in 2020.
Battery storage capacity in the UK is likely to heavily increase as move towards operating a zero-carbon energy system. At the end of 2019 the GB battery storage capacity was 0.88GWh. National Grid forecasts it could be as high as 2.30GWh in 2025.
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