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Wulf Johannsen takes customers to the green fast lane

Overhauling engines protects environment and wallet

The "Fridays for Future" movement is receiving attention worldwide and, with the new dynamics in the climate debate, is also sharpening the awareness of German companies for the problems involved. They are now considering climate protection even more an opportunity than a threat. They take this opportunity to get fit for the future and want to remain competitive - after all, there is concern in the business world that Germany is falling behind in climate protection and thus in new technologies. Engine repairers are already making an important contribution to environmental protection and saving raw materials by reconditioning and recycling components. A scientific study speaks of potential savings of up to 68% in CO2 emissions.

Global warming, scarcity of raw materials, climate change, waste of resources and energy. Environmental and climate protection present the economy with major challenges. Engine repair offers operators the opportunity to positively combine ecology and economy. If one compares the required respective effort with the economic evaluation, then a new acquisition often gets the short end of the stick. The overhaul also usually provides good arguments when it comes to energy efficiency, CO2 savings, environmentally friendly energy generation, material efficiency and recycling. Engine overhauls contribute to a considerable reduction in CO2 emissions and are also ahead of the field in terms of energy efficiency when it comes to reconditioning. This has been scientifically proven by a study conducted by the Verband der Motoreninstandsetzungsbetriebe e.V. (Association of Engine Repair Companies). (VMI) together with the Saarland University of Applied Sciences (HTW). According to the study, up to 68.8 percent less CO2 emissions result from the reconditioning of an engine compared to the production of a new engine.

Reducing costs, conserving resources

So there are strong arguments for exchange engines and major overhauls - with which the service provider Wulf Johannsen is convincing more and more customers. Since 1932, the Kiel-based specialists have been offering services in the field of engine overhauls for gas and diesel engines, pumps, compressors, construction and agricultural machinery. Managing Director Jan-Willem Storm says: "We support our customers in a fair and transparent manner and always consider the cost-effectiveness of a repair. Our experts inspect the engine and make an offer, e.g. for the overhaul of an aggregate with complete or partial replacement of individual engine components." And he continues: "Our business model of being able to make an active contribution to climate protection is an additional incentive. At the company headquarters in Kiel, the city has now even announced the so-called climate emergency, which gives climate protection even greater priority.

The reuse and recycling of engines and their components in particular has enormous ecological and economic potential. It starts with a systematic analysis in which employees carry out extensive material tests using state-of-the-art analysis equipment and a trained eye: Can a cable or crankshaft be reused? Do cylinder heads have to be refurbished? In engine recycling, components such as plastic parts can also be recycled materially and thermally. If a material cannot be recycled, it is disposed of properly so that it does not pollute the environment. This also helps to counter the shortage of raw materials, which is a considerable competitive disadvantage for German industry.


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