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Vitexs factory becomes one of the most green paint producing installations
Article Type: Industry news From: Pigment & Resin Technology, Volume 40, Issue 6
The Yannidis Group has announced the inauguration of a photovoltaic installation on the rooftop of its VITEX paint factory. The 750 kWp station will generate 1,012 MWh of electricity during the first 12 months of its operation, an amount equivalent to the energy consumed by 145 households, and will offset 23,700 MT of CO2 during its 25 years life span.
Vitex, selected to collaborate with US-based Solyndra for this project. Solyndra solar panels are uniquely designed while their cylindrical “tube” shape is globally patented. Their shape gives them many advantages but according to Mr Armodios Yannidis the EVP of the Yannidis Group, “we perceived obvious synergies with Solyndra. By applying a specially formulated reflective coating system on the roof surface before the PV’s installation, we achieved higher output of the solar panels, decreased the temperature inside the building during summer due to the cool roofing effect and prolonged the roof’s waterproofing to the investment’s life-span”.
The Vitex paint factory in Aspropyrgos, Athens was designed in 2005 and started operating in two phases, in 2007 and 2008. Incorporating state-of-the-art production and automation solutions, it has been from the very beginning a facility with very high standards regarding HS&E. The company follows a strict waste management system, adheres to the responsible care and is ISO:14001 & OHSAS 18000 certified.
The Vitex–Solyndra collaboration is only an element of the Yannidis Group broader strategy to come up with products and services tailor-made to the needs of energy efficient buildings, along with its climate neutral coatings, cool paints and the ETICS system that is currently placing in the market.
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