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Outline inaugurates ‘solar factory’

A photovoltaic system now provides approximately one-third of the energy required to produce the Italian company's loudspeakers.

A photovoltaic system now provides approximately one third of the energy required to produce the Italian company’s loudspeakers. The installation at the Brescia factory follows a long line of ecologically minded initiatives by Outline, including the implementation of water-based paints and recyclable packaging.

Created by Lombardy’s Marcegaglia group, the amorphous silicon photovoltaic system for the generation of clean energy was fitted on the Outline factory roof several months ago.

“Approximately one-third of the energy necessary for building our loudspeaker systems is provided by this photovoltaic system,” stated Outline’s Stefano Noselli. “We’re at the beginning of the road but are rightly proud. The aim we’re determined to achieve by 2015 is to considerably reduce the energy consumption necessary for our activity by means of a series of projects that have already been planned for [some] time.”

Outline has also undertaken research to reduce the footprint and weight of its speaker enclosures, and emphasises the benefits of its highly localised production, whereby the majority of the firm’s suppliers of semi-finished components are situated a short distance from the company’s HQ, or at least in the Lombardy region.

Looking to the future of the company’s emphasis on eco matters, Outline’s Michele Noselli told IE: “Our corporate project aimed at achieving increasing energy efficiency will follow a precise programme, drawn up along with a company specialised in the energy field that has co-operated with Outline for several years. In practical terms, we shall introduce a modern air-conditioning system, gradually replace all our traditional lamps with Class A versions and upgrade our premises, installing windows and panels with high thermal insulation, to eliminate thermal bridges. We shall control these and other devices with an automation system.”