May 16, 2020

Ford installs $25m LED lighting at its manufacturing plants globally

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Sustainable Manufacturing
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Glen White
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Ford Motor Co. is installing 25,000 LED light fixtures at its manufacturing facilities around the world, as it looks to cut energy use.
Ford Motor Co. is installing 25,000 LED light fixtures at its manufacturing facilities around the world, as it looks to cut energy use.The automaker sai...

Ford Motor Co. is installing 25,000 LED light fixtures at its manufacturing facilities around the world, as it looks to cut energy use.

The automaker said its energy costs are expected to drop by $7 million annually after it completes the project to install the efficient lighting, made by Dialight, at 18 of its plants.

The lighting is worth more than US$25 million, according to Ford.

“We are extremely pleased to install this leading-edge technology in our manufacturing facilities worldwide,” Ford’s executive vice-president of global manufacturing, John Fleming, said in a statement. “This is a long-term investment in our future that highlights our aggressive approach to lead in environmental improvements and achieve operating efficiencies.”

The project started at the automaker’s truck plant in Michigan, U.S., and will continue throughout the year.

Used to replace traditional high-intensity discharge (HID) and fluorescent lights, the LED fixtures are expected to reduce Ford’s energy use at its manufacturing facilities by a combined 56 million kilowatt-hours annually—enough, Ford said, to power more than 6,000 homes per year.

“Moving to LED gives us impressive efficiency improvement,” said George Andraos, Ford’s director of energy and sustainability. “Ford worked closely with its scientists and suppliers to investigate and closely follow the rapid development of LED lighting.”

The switch to LED lighting is part of Ford’s program to cut energy use per vehicle produced globally by 25 percent by 2015.

According to Andraos, the company has so far cut energy use by 20 percent per vehicle.

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May 12, 2021

Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing

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Automotive
2 min
Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell 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.

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