Bombardier’s Global 6500 enters completion centre
Montreal, Canada based manufacturer Bombardier has announced the entrance of the first of its Global 6500 business jets into its completion centre.
The Laurent Beaudoin Completion Centre, located in Montreal, will provide the finishing touches to the line before it enters into service later this year. Bombardier describes the facility as “state-of-the-art”. Last year it was renamed from the Global Completion Centre to its current name as a tribute to the company’s long-serving Chairman and President.
Julien Boudreault, Vice President, Program Management, Bombardier Aviation, said: “As the Global 6500 jet progresses towards entry-into-service, we couldn’t be happier to welcome the first production aircraft in our state-of-the-art facilities in Montreal, where high-precision completion work is being carried out on the new business jet. With the longest range, largest cabin in its class and smoothest ride, the Global 6500 boasts an innovative interior design and enhanced performance, offering the convenience and state-of-the-art technology our customers have come to expect from the Global family.”
The latest in Bombardier’s Global Express range of business jets, its new aircraft has a maximum range of 6,600 nautical miles, achievable when operating out of hot weather and high-altitude conditions, due to increased engine thrust and improved fuel efficiency. Giving its top speed as Mach 0.9, the company said that the aircraft can connect Hong Kong or Singapore to London and Toluca to Madrid non-stop and can carry up to 17 passengers.
Boasting a Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 engine, Bombardier said that the Global 6500 aircraft’s optimal operating costs outmatch all other aircraft in the same class. They also emphasised the inclusion of the Nuage chaise, a lounge chair that folds down into a flat surface for sleeping or dining, and the Nuage seat, which together are said to demonstrate the importance of comfort to the aircraft’s design.
Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing
Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing
What is Ultium Cells LLC?
Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”
Who is Li-Cycle?
Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.
As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”
Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?
By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.
“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).
"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.
"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.
Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.
"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.