our new testing center in spain uses sustainable solutions
Opened in 2021, the Nokian Tyres Spain Test Center, also known as Hakka Ring, provides state-of-the-art technology and sustainability. The 300-hectare area with its 10 test tracks is used to test our future summer, all-season and winter tires in the hot conditions of Southern Europe.
More than 1 150 solar panels power up the test center. During daytime, the power generated by the solar panel field is sufficient to cover all energy needed for regular testing activities. To preserve energy, we have also installed white roofs and white roof shades for parked vehicles. The wet test tracks are irrigated using a flooding irrigation method, which consumes significantly less water than a sprinkler system. The water that does not get evaporated is recovered. In total, we are able to recover over 80% of the water and channel it back to circulation.
When the center was built, less than ten oak trees were cut from the area. We are also planted 60 new ones to replace these in addition to 302 olive trees. Almond trees growing in the area were saved and protected. We also acquired 25 hectares of land near the center, preserved it and built a robust nesting tower for local birdlife.