Due to the increasing demand for renewable energies, the manufacture of solar cells and photovoltaic facilities has evolved quite speedily in the last few years. This type of energy, used mainly in the large-scale production of electricity from renewable sources, is drawn from solar radiation either by means of a semiconductor device called photovoltaic cell, or with a metal deposition on a base called thin-film solar cell. Soon this method became the third biggest renewable energy source worldwide after hydropower and wind power. And, thanks to technological advancement and the sophistication of its system, its cost is already competitive compared with conventional energy sources.
This year, on April 25th, we started the construction work on a photovoltaic park meant to supply our 40,000-square-meter Puerto Madero cruise terminal. “We’re betting big on this country,” explained company president Juan Carlos López Mena. Both the Argentinian and Uruguayan Ministers of Transport, Guillermo Dietrich and Víctor Rossi, respectively, were in attendance at this opening ceremony.
The project has been planned to comprise two phases. The first phase —already underway— involves generating 440 kilowatts per hour, which amounts to 70% of the site’s electricity consumption. The second phase —to be concluded in 30 months’ time— will see the incorporation of a further 560 kilowatts, which will allow the building to be 100% solar-powered.
Our terminal, which is undergoing an expansion aimed at improving passenger services, will also house a wider variety of shops and offices. And, as was mentioned, once the construction work is complete, the photovoltaic park will fully supply the entire site’s energy needs.
It has also been announced that our San Vicente manufacturing plant, which provides fuel for the Francisco catamaran, will be fully powered by solar energy, and that a new ship, which is currently being built in Tasmania (Australia), will arrive in Buenos Aires in 2020.
A ship measuring 3,000 m2, with enough room for 2,100 passengers and 235 vehicles.
As you can see, our expanding, modernizing headquarters are an example of our commitment to a renewable country!