By 2025, Audi intends to make all production locations worldwide CO2-neutral and to achieve CO2-neutrality company-wide by no later than 2050. A showcase for this intention is the new Audi Brand Experience Center at Munich airport with its state-of-the-art energy and building technology.
For example, the entire air-conditioning technology in the new training and event center is based on the use of geothermal energy: Pipes that can be used for both heating and cooling are installed in the slabs between the floors of the building. The triple solar protection glazing on the entire facade deflects beams of sunlight, which reduces the cooling load in summer in particular, while ensuring a high level of light transmission at the same time.
The glass facades of the center consist of just under 450 square meters of transparent photovoltaic elements that deliver roughly 42,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year. This electricity generated with solar power can be stored temporarily via two battery storage devices that Audi made from second-life batteries. The self-generated electricity is used for the building itself and for charging electric cars. There are a total of six charging points in front of the building, including two 150 kilowatt fast charging points. These charging terminals have been added to the 78 charging points of Audi AG’s electric charging park at Munich airport.
As a special eye-catcher, the company installed a walk-on meteorite at the charging terminals in front of the Brand Experience Center. Here, the automobile group is experimenting with facade material that binds carbon dioxide permanently and is being tested for use in dealerships.
Source: Audi AG