Orlen focuses on ecological petrol stations

Orlen has built a fuel station that alone generates almost 90 percent of the electricity needed for its operation. The pilot of the innovative system was carried out in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Soon, the company will start implementing it at other stations throughout the country.

Daniel Obajtek, President of the Management Board of PKN Orlen says "Orlen has the right potential to test state-of-the-art technological solutions. We do not limit ourselves to energy, petrochemicals or refineries. We also introduce innovations at petrol stations, which are the showcase of the Orlen brand.

On one of them, we recently completed a pilot project in which we combined photovoltaics, energy efficiency and systems for simultaneous production of heat and cold. In this way, our station is almost self-sufficient in terms of energy. The implementation of this solution in other locations will not only reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but will also reduce the operating costs of the Group's service station network.

Analyses of data from the pilot show that on an annual basis, the station will be able to produce as much as 86 percent of the energy necessary for its operation. The system tested at the Orlen station in Bydgoszcz was developed by engineers from the Polish company Igloo, a manufacturer of refrigeration equipment, inverter and cogeneration units and heat pumps.

During the pilot, data was collected that will be used to further optimize the installation. They will be used to install this system at subsequent Orlen stations.