The Spanish company ARPA launched a new business line, ARPA CHANGE, proposing the efficient and sustainable solutions that will change the industry. Doing this, ARPA pretends to help the private sector as well as the defence sector, in the transition to sustainability, showing that the change is possible. ARPA, the Spanish company with more than 50 years of experience in the design, manufacture and deployment of field logistic solutions, has a mission which is to lead the change to a world increasingly sustainable. To do so, ARPA has developed solutions based on solar energy, water treatment and waste management, which facilitate the accomplishment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) to meet the 2030 Agenda.
“We want to give a fair and adequate answer to the challenges of globalisation, designing, manufacturing and implementing turn-key sustainable solutions so all kind of installations, industries, hospitals, farms, hotels, sports centres, schools, residencies, barracks and business in general can adopt these technologies, leading the transition towards sustainability.” Says Clara Arpa, CEO of the company.
An example of an innovative solution is the production of energy by hybrid panels installations for power generation and hot water (with the most efficient panels in the market). The installation incorporates photovoltaic panels, which incorporate 60 or 72 photovoltaic cells, depending on the size of the panel, which are placed on a system for absorbing heat forming a single module. In addition to the common wiring for any panel, this system has a zone which is outputted to the heat will be used to heat water.
A hydraulic circuit and a small tank thermally insulated complete the design that can provide this dual-use, without compromising the ability to produce electricity, since the photovoltaic cells of this panel 2×1 operate with improved performance, achieving improvements to 15% of the performance of photovoltaic panels. “Besides the obvious advantage of having the space required to give the captured energy from the sun for both uses, production costs are reduced and installation, making it the most efficient hybrid solar panel in the market today,” says Fernando Peitivi, Director of the renewable energy installations.
With this solution, coupled with that also innovative water sanitation systems and waste management developed by the company, ARPA CHANGE aims to contribute to the implementation of Agenda 2030 through the goal number 8, decent economic growth and work. Contributing in improving their production processes so that companies reduce their emissions (if possible, to 0), better management of the water, reduce the generation of waste and having a positive impact on the environment.
“our goal is to encourage other companies to do so through a sustainability analysis, make a diagnosis of the sustainability and customise a solution for each installation”, explains Clara Arpa. These installations can be made in many infrastructures, whether civil or military. An example would be the installation of such panels in barracks. Usually, in these cases the return on the investment is between 4 and 6 years and can obtain energy savings between 60 and 70%, leaving 530Kg issuing CO2 per panel.
ARPA also features a hybrid monitor that collects and processes all the information from the solar installation (thermal, photovoltaic or hybrid), which can be accessed by the user in real-time as well as a history of thermal energy and/or electricity produced by the facility during the day, during the month or event from the first day you can find data such as cost savings, the amount of CO2 emissions that are no longer issued and the amount of energy produced by the installation site. With this strategic decision, ARPA confirms its indolent with sustainability and positions the private sector as a key element of change.
By launching ARPA CHANGE, extrapolates its extensive experience in the activity of the company, which so far focused on the design, manufacture, installation, maintenance and management of mobile field equipment for military, civilian, health and all kind of emergencies all around the world. “We want to show that sustainability can and should go in parallel with profitability and efficiency. We intend to contribute to a fairer world and this is our bit”, concludes Clara Arpa.