Mercedes is planning to build a wind farm near the Papenburg racetrack that will cover 15% of Mercedes-Benz Group AG’s energy needs in Germany.
The new wind farm to be built near the Papenburg racetrack will produce more than 100 MW by 2025, providing 15% of the energy needed by Mercedes-Benz Group AG in Germany. It will comprise several dozen wind turbines. The idea of installing the wind turbines on the land where the Papenburg racetrack is located is welcome because that area of northern Germany close to the North Sea is an area with strong winds for a large part of the year, which will ensure that the wind turbines will run for a long time during the year.
Mercedes is also planning a long-term partnership with an energy supplier worth several hundred million euros.
The German manufacturer is also studying the possibility of installing photovoltaic panels on the 800-hectare site of the Papenburg racetrack, which has been an integral part of the company’s research and development activities since 1998.
The Papenburg wind farm project is an integral part of Mercedes’ policy to increase the share of renewable energy in Mercedes plants. To the same end the German manufacturer wants to install photovoltaic panels on the roofs of its plants.
Mercedes will invest several hundred million euros in installing photovoltaic systems in its plants by 2025. Mercedes has an ambitious target that by 2030 70% of its energy use will come from renewable sources. The German manufacturer also wants to halve CO2 emissions over the entire life cycle of a car produced by 2030 compared to 2020.
In 2018, US President Donald Trump warned Germans that they were moving towards total dependence on Russian energy. At the time, Germany’s economy and energy minister laughed listening to Trump’s speech.
But Russia’s war in Ukraine has confirmed Trump’s gloomy predictions that are now affecting Europe and Germany’s powerful car industry. The steep rise in car prices is caused not only by increasingly expensive and sophisticated pollution control systems but also by rising raw material prices caused by higher energy prices.
Here you can see Donald Trump statement regarding german dependence to the russian gas and the innapropiate reaction of the german delegation at the 2018 UN General Assembly