Sanitaryware manufacturer Grohe has unveiled its new combined heat and power (CHP) unit in its plant in Lahr, Germany.
The £1.1 million investment is part of the brand’s ongoing sustainability strategy.
The Lahr plant is the testing centre for its showers and shower systems within the Grohe production network. The installation of the CHP unit means that the plant now generates its own energy and will reduce CO2 emissions by 2,550 tons per year.
The electrical energy created by the unit is used to provide the plant’s electricity requirements. The waste heat is used to heat the baths in the plastic and brass electroplating shop using a newly installed internal heat grid with a 40,000 litre buffer tank.
The official commissioning ceremony was attended by Grohe’s executive director of operations Thomas Fuhr, plant manager Hans-Martin Souchon as well as Ryuichi Kawamoto, a board member of Lixil, which owns Grohe.
Fuhr said: “The CHP unit was planned and built within less than a year. We benefited from the experience gained in Hemer, where our first CHP unit was successfully commissioned in May 2015. The new CHP unit adds to the strength of the Lahr plant, optimising both our energy efficiency and costs, and notably improves our carbon footprint.”