CHP plant powers world’s largest printing press factory

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, the offset printing press manufacturer, has had its cogeneration plant opened by Baden-Wurttemberg's Environment Minister Franz Untersteller and Gerold Linzbach, CEO of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) at the company's Wiesloch-Walldorf site in Germany.

Heidelberger Druckmaschine It is expected that the power and heat generated by the new plant will enable Heidelberg to reduce total energy costs at the site by around ten per cent.

Mr. Linzbach told the gathering, "Ecological and environmental objectives do not need to be mutually exclusive. In the ideal case scenario, as here with our cogeneration plant project, it is possible to combine the two. In this way, Heidelberg is also actively contributing to the energy revolution in Baden-Württemberg.”

With 36 production halls and office buildings occupying some 860,000 square meters of land, the world's largest printing press factory in Wiesloch-Walldorf requires around 60 GW-hours of power each year.

This revolves around building and operating a cogeneration plant with an electric power output of 2 MW that will generate 12 GW-hours of electricity each year.

The CHP plant is expected to reduce the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere by 3700 metric tonnes a year.

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