A warehousing company in the Port of Antwerp is very keen to reduce its carbon footprint to the absolute minimum. With one wind turbine already operational at the site, they also want to install as much PV capacity as possible to supply heavy-consumption devices such as cooling units with locally produced renewable energy.

ENGIE Laborelec was hired to make the case for this green energy project. We analyzed the local situation to clearly identify the potential for renewable energy production and auto-consumption. This included analysis of the local climate and topology, the availability of roof space suitable for PV panels, the plant’s energy demand profile, and the possibility of installing battery capacity. Simulations confirmed that a large-scale PV investment with a high auto-consumption rate was feasible, and would dramatically reduce the plant’s carbon footprint.

A roadmap was defined and is being carried out phase by phase. First, 1MWp of PV capacity was installed, along with a 1MW/1MWh battery system and a fairly simple EMS implementation to maximize auto-consumption. We are currently tracking the solution using our MoniCa battery health and monitoring program.

This feedback will allow us to refine the EMS configuration in a second phase, increasing the PV capacity and including the plant’s cooling units in the auto-consumption equation.

In a third phase, we are looking at opportunities to install EV charging stations and developing an ambitious program involving the pre-cooling of trucks using locally produced electricity.

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