E.ON optimizing Pilkington Automotive facility in Aken on the Elbe/Saxony-Anhalt


  • Energy costs drop by more than 40 percent
  • Ongoing improvement via digital solutions
  • Project being financed through reductions in energy costs

Using a combination of technical, digital and financial solutions, E.ON has completed a new reference project in energy efficiency for industrial customers. E.ON has successfully lowered energy costs in building services by more than 40 percent at glass manufacturer Pilkington Automotive's facility in Aken an der Elbe in Saxony-Anhalt. Pilkington’s production processes are now more efficient and the company can use its energy and production assets in a more flexible way. For Pilkington, this project was realized on a cost-neutral basis, since the measures taken by E.ON are refinanced entirely through the achieved reductions in energy costs.

The concept encompasses different solutions at the Pilkington facility, from lighting, heating and air conditioning to power supply. E.ON’s integrated solutions approach enabled Pilkington to implement efficiency measures that, taken individually, would not have been economical. The core elements are an advanced process control system and a high-efficiency, gas-powered cogeneration plant. Around 2,000 tons of CO2 are abated annually.

The search continues for more potential savings, which is made possible by an intelligent remote control system: The energy management system of E.ON in Potsdam remotely controls the technology and assets and ensures their ongoing optimization.

About Pilkington Automotive Deutschland GmbH

Pilkington Automotive Deutschland GmbH is part of the Japanese NSG Group. The NSG Group is one of the world's leading producers of glass and glass products for use in architecture (glass for new buildings, renovation and solar applications), automotive (OEM and vehicle replacement glass) and technical glass applications (which includes a broad array of high-grade glass for displays, optoelectronics and optical fiber products). Founded in 1918, NSG absorbed glass maker Pilkington plc in 2006. The company has production sites in 28 countries and sales operations in over 130 countries.

About E.ON Connecting Energies

As a subsidiary of the E.ON Group, E.ON Connecting Energies specializes in integrated energy solutions for customers in business and industry as well as in the public sector. The company offers tailor-made solutions in the areas of energy efficiency, decentralized energy generation, flexibility, virtual power plants and battery storage. Serving as an energy partner, E.ON Connecting Energies achieves cost savings, lowers energy consumption and helps customers achieve sustainable reductions is CO2 emissions.

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