TECNALIA awarded the decarbonisation plan of Mercedes-Benz plant in Vitoria

17 December 2021
Fábrica Mercedes

“TECNALIA will help to identify and develop R&D and innovation initiatives to achieve the challenge of Zero Emissions by 2039”

The great pillars of this decarbonisation strategy will be the improvement of energy efficiency and the implementation of sustainable energy supply systems

Mercedes-Benz Vitoria is planning on carrying out innovation projects and TECNALIA will help to identify and develop the R&D innovation initiatives that are required to implement this strategy and achieve the Zero Emissions by 2039 goal.

Daimler Group has set the goal to achieve zero emissions by 2039 and this involves all the production plants and the entire construction value chain, including suppliers.

TECNALIA will provide all the R&D innovation support required to achieve Daimler’s decarbonisation targets. Emissions diagnosis will be carried out and decarbonisation scenarios will be created with the most innovative and emerging technology in the short-medium term, including various scopes and an assessment of the impact on the competitiveness of the activity itself, and consequently on the local and regional economy. R&D and innovation projects that facilitate the fulfilment of this plan will also be identified and developed.

Transforming industrial spaces into Zero-Emission Neighbourhoods

The first project, called eDISTRICT, is being carried out within the framework of the Basque Government’s business R&D support programme, Hazitek. This is the first step in the development of technological solutions for the transformation of industrial spaces into Zero-Emission Neighbourhood.

It will lead to the implementation of a demand prediction system, energy consumption and storage, and electricity generation in order to optimise the global system. The following companies are taking part in this project: IDOM, Aluminios Eibar, Ondoan, Telur and Endesa.

Technologies will be developed to favour the generation of distributed energy in urban industrial environments, generating heat and electricity by means of modules installed on industrial façades, roofs and surfaces in order to maximise heat and electricity generation. Multi-functional industrialised building solutions for the building’s envelope will be developed and tested, and heat and electricity storage will be integrated into the industrial environment in order to optimise energy management.

Zero-emission vehicles

There is no question that Europe should be committed to achieving decarbonisation by 2050, and it poses a challenge for both the economy and society. Taking into account that vehicles usually have a lifespan of about ten years, Mercedes-Benz has set 2039 as a target to exclusively manufacture zero-emission cars from that year onwards.