Toyota Motor generates renewable electrical energy at Brussels Head Workplace
Toyota Motor Europe strengthens its commitment to environmental sustainability by generating renewable electricity on site with the help of a wind turbine and a solar module
As part of ongoing activities in Europe to switch its business to clean renewable energies Toyota Motor Europe has invested in two new technologies to generate electricity generated locally at its headquarters in Brussels. The company recently installed a state-of-the-art wind turbine in front of its buildings. In addition, 1,400 solar modules were placed on the roof of the Toyota After Sales Center at the same location.
TME is the first company in the Brussels region to assemble a privately owned wind turbine on its premises. With a total output of 10 kW, TME can generate up to 24 MWh per year. The wind turbine’s advanced design includes vertical blades that allow it to use wind efficiently from all directions, and has an innovative owl finish to reduce noise. At a height of just 23 m, the risk of disruption to the operation of the nearby Zaventem Airport is avoided.
The use of wind energy is only part of the TME plan. The supply of the company with renewable electricity is further improved by the installation of 1400 photovoltaic modules with a maximum output of 460 kW. This solar plant is expected to generate 360 MWh per year.
Clean energy has been at the top of Toyota's European agenda for several years and in 2019 led to 100% renewable electricity for all European companies. The two new plants in Brussels are in line with the company's strategy to increase its own power generation from renewable sources in Toyota plants, similar investments in other European locations (TPCE solar modules, TMUK solar modules, TMMF solar wall, windmill Zeebrugge, solar modules at the Toyota Logistics Center Madrid).
In the past 5 years, TME facilities have undergone a comprehensive renewal program to improve their energy efficiency, including the installation of LED lighting, the renewal of the air conditioning system and a new building management system. This has led to a 35% reduction in electricity consumption from 5 GWh to 3.3 GWh per year. Thanks to the latest initiatives, TME can now generate more than 10% of the annual electricity consumption on site.