Europe’s best-sell­ing evee now made with greener power

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NIS­SAN has switched on a new so­lar farm at its big­gest man­u­fac­tur­ing site in Europe in the com­pany’s jour­ney to­wards In­tel­li­gent Mo­bil­ity.

Made of up 19 000 photo-voltaic pan­els, the new 4,75 MW fa­cil­ity is now fully op­er­a­tional at Nis­san Sun­der­land Plant, as Nis­san strives to­wards its twin goals of zero emis­sions and zero fatal­i­ties.

The so­lar farm has been in­stalled along­side 10 wind tur­bines al­ready gen­er­at­ing clean power for Nis­san in Sun­der­land, the Euro­pean cen­tre of pro­duc­tion for the all-elec­tric Nis­san Leaf and its bat­ter­ies.

Colin Lawther, Nis­san’s se­nior vice pres­i­dent for man­u­fac­tur­ing, pur­chas­ing and sup­ply chain man­age­ment in Europe, said: “Re­new­able en­ergy is fun­da­men­tal to Nis­san’s vi­sion for In­tel­li­gent Mo­bil­ity. We have built over 50 000 Nis­san Leafs in Europe, and the in­dus­trylead­ing new 250 km-range Leaf is now avail­able. With 10 wind tur­bines al­ready gen­er­at­ing en­ergy for our Sun­der­land plant, this new so­lar farm will fur­ther re­duce the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of Nis­san ve­hi­cles dur­ing their en­tire life­cy­cle.”

Nis­san be­gan in­te­grat­ing re­new­able en­ergy sources in Sun­der­land in 2005 when the com­pany in­stalled its first wind tur­bines on site. Th­ese 10 wind tur­bines con­trib­ute 6,6 MW power, with the 4,75 MW so­lar farm bring­ing the to­tal out­put of re­new­ables to 11,35 MW in Sun­der­land.

This equates to seven per­cent of the plant’s elec­tric­ity re­quire­ments, enough to build the equiv­a­lent of 31 374 ve­hi­cles.

The so­lar farm has been de­vel­oped and in­stalled within the loop of Nis­san’s ve­hi­cle test track in Sun­der­land by part­ner com­pany Euro­pean En­ergy Pho­to­voltaics, with 100% of the elec­tric­ity gen­er­ated to be used by Nis­san.

Its in­stal­la­tion comes as Nis­san cel­e­brates its 30th an­niver­sary of man­u­fac­tur­ing in the UK, hav­ing be­come the big­gest UK car plant of all time and now sup­port­ing nearly 40 000 jobs in Bri­tain in ve­hi­cle de­sign, en­gi­neer­ing, pro­duc­tion, parts distri­bu­tion, sales and mar­ket­ing, dealer net­work and sup­ply chain.

Pur­su­ing a goal of zero emis­sion ve­hi­cles and zero fatal­i­ties on the road, Nis­san’s In­tel­li­gent Mo­bil­ity vi­sion is de­signed to guide Nis­san’s prod­uct and tech­nol­ogy pipe­line, an­chor­ing crit­i­cal com­pany de­ci­sions around how cars are pow­ered, how cars are driven, and how cars in­te­grate into so­ci­ety.

Re­cent ad­vances in elec­tric ve­hi­cles and next gen­er­a­tion bat­tery tech­nol­ogy in­clude: • A fu­ture gen­er­a­tion of elec­tric ve­hi­cle bat­ter­ies for the UK bat­tery plant; • A ma­jor ve­hi­cle-to-grid trial in the UK in part­ner­ship with en­ergy provider Enel that will see Nis­san elec­tric ve­hi­cles sup­ply­ing the UK’s Na­tional Grid with an ef­fi­cient and flex­i­ble source of en­ergy. A trial of 100 ve­hi­cle-togrid units will com­mence in the UK later this year. It will en­able Nis­san elec­tric ve­hi­cle own­ers to give en­ergy from their ve­hi­cle’s bat­tery back to the UK grid, pro­vid­ing a cost ef­fec­tive, sus­tain­able and re­li­able source of power, while help­ing con­sumers save and make money; • A new res­i­den­tial en­ergy stor­age sys­tem called xS­tor­age de­vel­oped along­side Eaton, the global lead­ers in power man­age­ment. The sys­tem will gives Nis­san elec­tric ve­hi­cle bat­ter­ies a “sec­ond life”; and • Con­fir­ma­tion that Nis­san will in­te­grate V2G tech­nol­ogy and en­ergy stor­age so­lu­tions into all of its ma­jor Euro­pean of­fices by the end of 2017. — Sup­plied.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Ten wind tur­bines add green power to Nis­san Sun­der­land Plant in the UK, where the Leaf, the top sell­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cle in the EU, is built.

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