LAPP Australia General Manager Simon Pullinger has revealed details of a major green energy project in Austria that his parent company has been involved in. The LAPP Group provided 180km of LAPP Olflex solar cable for a solar power scheme that covers the equivalent of more than six Melbourne Cricket Grounds.
The new system, which began operation in Schonkirchen-Reyersdorf near Vienna in November last year, combines 34,600 solar modules to generate 11.5 megawatts, or almost 11 gigawatt-hours of electrical energy a year, corresponding to the consumption of 3,400 households and saving 8,000 tons of carbon dioxide.
The big solar plant – Austria’s largest – is still being developed for greater capacity, on a site covering 13.3 hectares.
Mr Pullinger says the project also absorbed a wide range of other products available in Australia to withstand the rigours of outdoor operations at solar and wind farms and clean-green water plants.
The global LAPP organisation – with 4,650 employees and turnover well exceeding a billion Euros ($A1.62 billion) – established LAPP Australia in 2018 to serve future-focused industries. These include energy, rail, mobility organisations, manufacturing and plant engineering (including automation, robotics and process engineering systems), electrical engineering systems and energy systems, including wind and solar green energy; machine building and machine tools; food and beverage; automotive, intelligent buildings and infrastructure; and resources industry, including mining and oil and gas process engineering.
Mr Pullinger says the family-owned LAPP company prides itself on its far-sighted ethos of outstanding innovation, quality, range and service, which has won it many customers in Australia, to the point that LAPP Australia now has more than 20,000 products online.
Live real-time stock checking on the local and German HQ warehouses gives customers greater access to products and rapid lead times for better planning of future-focused automation initiatives, including those taking place locally as a result of Industry 4.0 digital integration and response to global major trends such as clean, green energy and water.
Service and precise on-time delivery capabilities were a major factor in the global company winning the latest solar energy contracts in Austria, where the market for solar for photovoltaics is growing by 50% every year, says Mr Pullinger.
LAPP Australia has equipped itself to cater for rapid expansion of this field in Australia, given our abundant natural energy.