Costa Rica: energy storage makes decarbonization profitable for a manufacturing company
Here’s the combined system developed by Enel X for the factory of Establishment Labs, a manufacturer of high-tech medical devices
Published on 20 December 2019
For Establishment Labs, a medical manufacturing facility in Alajuela district (Costa Rica), the combined PV + storage system created in partnership with Enel X represents an answer to multiple needs. It’s a turning point towards renewable power, a choice of economic and environmental sustainability, a flexible and resilient solution and, last but not least, a path towards energy and cost savings.
Decarbonization: a national challenge
“Today we produce more than 98% of our electricity from renewable energy sources. After the launch of our National Decarbonization Plan, studies have allowed us to know that the country will obtain a net profit of $19.5 billion making the changes indicated in this route. The fundamental point is clear: environmental ambition is not only ethically correct but also profitable” said Costa Rica’s president, Carlos Alvarado, opening the Conference on climate change PreCOP25, hosted in the Central American country last October.
The country is well into the energy transition process: its power grid isn’t currently suited to meet the country’s needs as blackouts are the norm, but at the same time, authorities pledged to go 100% renewable by implementing policies that encourage local businesses to comply with national decarbonization goals.
For Establishment Labs this scenario represents both a challenge and an opportunity. For a company specializing in the manufacturing of technology-intensive medical equipment, a reliable energy supply makes all the difference: grid inefficiency and lack of energy only result in the factory grinding to a halt, lowering production rates and posing a threat to the company’s bottom line.
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