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Keeping it cool with solar energy

How can you make a gigantic fridge and freezer more sustainable? Sunshine is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But with 1800 solar panels on the roof of its cold storage facilities on the Kloosterboer Delta Terminal on the Maasvlakte, Kloosterboer cools and freezes to minus 20 with the use of solar power.

“The Maasvlakte is a great place for solar panels,” says Hans Kroes, CEO at Kloosterboer, one of the leading logistic providers for temperature-controlled goods in Western Europe. “There are no high-rise buildings that block the sun and there is plenty of roof space. We, at Kloosterboer, believe that as a market leader we have to take our responsibility towards sustainability and the environment. Solar panels are a great way to do so.”

With a capacity of 450 kWp and an annual yield of 430.000 kWh the new solar installation generates 6 percent of Kloosterboer’s energy and saves 140 tons of CO2 on an annual basis.

Kroes indicates that this is a significant investment for Kloosterboer. “It takes a long period before the investment is earned back. But these solar panels do not only provide us with sustainable energy, they also add to the company’s and port’s green image. Clients are more and more looking for parties that work sustainably. And that’s what we do!”

In the Port Vision 2030, the Port of Rotterdam Authority aims to meet 30% of energy needs in the port using sustainably generated power by 2030. This mainly concerns biomass, wind and the sun. The Port of Rotterdam Authority is itself developing a solar park, but the greatest potential for solar energy lies with the companies operating in the port. Thanks to the many large warehouses, Rotterdam’s port area could develop into a solar park covering more than 100 hectares.

Hans Kroes

CEO - Kloosterboer

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