Whether in the automotive industry, wind energy, aerospace or in everyday use, components made of hardened steel are required in many areas.

As a leading service provider in the field of hardening and surface technology, the HÄRTHA GROUP offers the improvement of components in terms of resilience, wear and tear or other characteristics. The finishing processes used here are usually very energy-intensive.

Since October 1, 2022, HÄRTHA GROUP GmbH, based in North Rhine-Westphalia, has been obtaining part of the energy required for this from the EnBW solar park in Maßbach. To this end, HÄRTHA and EnBW concluded a 15-year industrial customer electricity supply contract (Corporate Power Purchase Agreement, PPA) for 10 megawatts of solar energy.

PPAs are an instrument of the energy transition with price stability even in uncertain times

A year ago, EnBW commissioned the 28-megawatt solar park in Bavaria. Around two thirds – 18.3 megawatts – of which EnBW implemented without subsidies from the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). HÄRTHA GROUP GmbH secured part of this solar energy, which is freely available on the market.

“PPAs are particularly attractive for companies with energy-intensive production. They help to achieve corporate climate goals quickly and efficiently. We are very pleased to support the refinement of steel at HÄRTHA with our solar energy and thus make a further contribution to the energy transition,” explains Daniel Hacki, Head of Origination at EnBW.

“Our hardening and surface services make a decisive contribution to the implementation of social sustainability goals. For example, we enable our customers to make components for automobiles more resilient and at the same time lighter. We are proud to make a significant contribution to electromobility. In the same spirit, it is clear that we also want to be as sustainable as possible when it comes to our own energy consumption. In combination with our own photovoltaic systems at our locations, this joint project with EnBW offers an additional and extensive source of sustainable energy supply, which helps us to significantly reduce our CO 2 footprint,” explains Sven Killmer, CEO of the HÄRTHA GROUP.

Source: https://www.enbw.com/
Image source: Courtesy of EnBW

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