Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to construct a wind farm at its test track in Papenburg, northwestern Germany.

The wind farm is expected to have an output of above 100MW to cover over 15% of the annual electricity demand of Mercedes-Benz Group in the country.

The company is also planning a long-term power purchase agreement with a partner.

Mercedes-Benz is also evaluating a plan of installing large-scale photovoltaic systems at the site.

An ecological impact evaluation will be conducted in close coordination with the local authorities and stakeholders.

Since 1998, the around-800ha site has been an integral part of Mercedes-Benz’ research and development activities.

The firm, with this project, is expanding its green electricity portfolio in the medium term as well as actively supporting onshore wind energy in Germany.

Mercedes-Benz group member of the board of management of production and supply chain management Jörg Burzer said:”The targeted expansion of renewable energies at our own locations is an integral part of our sustainability strategy. With the realization of the planned wind farm project in Papenburg, we are taking an important step in this direction.

“We make an active contribution to the energy transition and the expansion of onshore wind power in Germany. By installing photovoltaic systems on the roofs of our plants on a large scale, we are gradually reducing our external energy requirements.”

The firm’s aim is to at halve the CO2 emissions in each passenger car throughout the whole life cycle by 2030 as against 2020.

The key levers for this goal are the electrification of the vehicle fleet, powering with green electricity, improvement in battery technology, and the use of recycled materials and renewable energies in production.
Image: The wind farm is expected to have an output of above 100MW. Credit: Mercedes-Benz Group AG