Sustainable activities in the energy segment
With our subsidiary BayWa r.e. AG, we bring renewable energies to the grid and make a contribution to energy system transformation.
The activities of this business unit are pooled within the BayWa r.e. AG subsidiary. In the field of renewable energy, BayWa r.e. is one of the leading developers, service suppliers, PV wholesalers and energy solution providers. Under the motto “r.e.think energy”, the company is active worldwide. As a full-service partner with more than 25 years of experience in the market, BayWa r.e. has already commissioned plants with 2 GW and is responsible for the operational management of more than 5 GW of plant output.
Floating photovoltaic plants harbour tremendous potential
After BayWa r.e. built three floating solar plants in the Netherlands with a total capacity of 25 MWp, the largest floating PV plant outside China was completed on a Dutch decommissioned mining lake in 2020. The solar park generates enough electricity to power about 7,200 homes. Floating photovoltaic systems on unused water surfaces, such as disused lignite mines, sand pits or reservoirs, can make an important contribution to the energy transition. They are also easier to install, have lower operating and maintenance costs compared to ground-mounted systems, and avoid land-use conflicts.
Agri-PV: Dual harvest on farmland
In multiple Agri-PV pilot projects in the Netherlands, BayWa r.e. and its subsidiary GroenLeven are investigating how the use of solar modules can be successfully combined with the cultivation of berries. Under the modules, crops find good climatic conditions and protection from extreme weather events – both of which are growing ever more important for speciality crop farming due to climate change. The projects have demonstrated that it is possible to improve the quality of the fruits and reduce production costs. Additionally, this cultivation method helps to protect important resources by increasing the efficiency of land use while reducing plastic waste and water consumption.
BayWa Mobility Solutions
BayWa Mobility Solutions GmbH, a subsidiary of BayWa AG, is driving forward CO2-optimized mobility solutions. BayWa is thus making an important contribution to decarbonizing transport. The focus is currently on the continuous development and expansion of an LNG (liquefied natural gas) filling station network for heavy-duty traffic and electric mobility for vehicle fleets, with a range of services from consulting and planning to installation of the infrastructure. With the BayWa fuel and charging card, customers can also use more than 3,300 filling stations and 95% of public charging stations. In the future, the range will be expanded to include sustainable drive technologies such as hydrogen or synthetic fuels.
Sustainability certificate for BayWa wood pellets
BayWa Premium wood pellets have been 100% PEFC-certified since September 2016. This means that the sawdust from which BayWa Premium pellets are made originates from sustainable forestry. The Energy division is extremely pleased to have received this certificate as a trader, because generally only the wood pellets producers and sawmills are PEFC-certified.
Climate neutral products
In addition to supplying its products in a climate-neutral manner, the Energy Business Area also offers climate-neutral heating products. Thus, for example, emissions resulting from heating with "ecoclean climate-neutral" heating oil are compensated for by supporting certified climate protection projects.