John Deere has made energy efficiency a continued foundation of our operations. In some locations we have implemented on-site renewable electricity solutions and utility-scale projects offsite. These efforts along with increased production volumes allowed our normalized greenhouse gas emissions to decrease 26% from the previous year.
Efforts to combat greenhouse gas emissions and reduce energy consumption have stretched across multiple continents – from North America to Europe to India.
In Germany – at John Deere Werk Bruchsal – the manufacturing facility installed two solar generation plants and two combined heat and power (CHP) units. The project provided more than 20% of the annual electric power demand for the location, enough to cover the facility's base load. The solar plants included 10,000 solar panels on the roof allowing for the generation of up to 2.5 megawatts (MW) of energy, or enough for 1,000 homes. The CHP units efficiently provide up to 1.2 MW of electrical power and 8 MW of heat (together with four additional burners).
In India, John Deere Sirhind Works took a Six Sigma approach to reducing power consumption in the paint system's pre-treatment line. A variety of innovative solutions led to a reduction of 44%. The savings totals about 82,000 kilowatt hours of electricity or enough to power 100 homes for a year in India, run a 60-watt lightbulb for nearly two months, or cover the cost of powering a television for almost a year. The Sirhind facility optimized pump performance by utilizing sound and frequency, vibration, and machine health analysis software, allowing the facility to identify and address pump inefficiencies. The team installed variable frequency drives (VFD) so all pump requirements are met with the minimum necessary energy.