Photovoltaic system energizes MED-EL headquarters in Innsbruck

Nov 22, 2023

November 22, 2023 – (Innsbruck, Austria): MED-EL, a global leader in implantable hearing solutions, 
has marked a major milestone in its commitment to environmental sustainability. In a significant move toward cleaner and greener energy solutions, the company has installed a state-of-the-art photovoltaic system at its company headquarters in Innsbruck.

  • Implementation of a photovoltaic (PV) system consisting of 1,250 modules
  • Expected annual energy output of 500,000 kWh
  • Initiative showcases MED-EL’s commitment to sustainable energy use 

More than 1,600 people are based at the MED-EL headquarters in Innsbruck, spanning production facilities, research, and business services all working towards innovative technologies to treating hearing loss around the world. The company is actively pursuing a range of initiatives to minimise carbon emissions, encompassing the adoption of renewable energy sources, new buildings designed to be energy efficient, working with its suppliers, and the establishment of carbon reduction targets. The installation of these solar roofs is the company’s latest step to help foster a more environmentally conscious workplace.

Solar power lights up MED-EL HQ

A total of 1,250 high-performance photovoltaic panels have recently been installed across three areas of the MED-EL headquarters in Innsbruck, establishing it as one of the largest solar installations in the city. This system incorporates the latest advancements in solar technology, ensuring optimal energy production and efficiency. The new system is expected to generate nearly 500.000 kWh annually, amounting to an annual output that matches the electricity needs of approximately 140 households.* "By harnessing the power of the sun to meet some of our energy needs, we are making a tangible contribution to reduce our impact on the environment and a significant step forward in our journey toward minimising our overall carbon footprint," commented Mirjam Peterschelka, Specialist for Work Safety & Environment at MED-EL and the responsible Project Manager.

MED-EL utilizes sustainable energy, including using 100% eco-friendly electricity across the site. The company’s latest state-of-the-art buildings were also designed to be energy efficient, using renewable energy sources for heating or cooling. The installation of this photovoltaic system that amounted to an investment of over 500,000 Euros is part of MED-EL's ongoing commitment to embracing innovative technologies that enhance the company’s environmental performance while supporting its mission to restore the loss of senses and other body functions through implantable, individualized solutions that improve quality of life and possibilities. 

*This comparison is based on 3-person households with an average consumption of 3,600 kWh.


About MED-EL

MED-EL Medical Electronics, a leader in implantable hearing solutions, is driven by a mission to overcome hearing loss as a barrier to communication and quality of life. The Austrian-based, privately owned business was co-founded by industry pioneers Ingeborg and Erwin Hochmair, whose ground-breaking research led to the development of the world’s first micro-electronic multi-channel cochlear implant (CI), which was successfully implanted in 1977 and was the basis for what is known as the modern CI today. This laid the foundation for the successful growth of the company in 1990, when they hired their first employees. To date, MED-EL has more than 2,600 employees from around 80 nations and 30 locations worldwide.
The company offers the widest range of implantable and non-implantable solutions to treat all types of hearing loss, enabling people in over 140 countries enjoy the gift of hearing with the help of a MED-EL device. MED-EL’s hearing solutions include cochlear and middle ear implant systems, a combined electric acoustic stimulation hearing implant system, auditory brainstem implants as well as surgical and non-surgical bone conduction devices.



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