May 16, 2020

How BMW plans to lower its energy usage using big data

BMW
Big Data
Sustainable Manufacturing
Automotive Manufac
Glen White
1 min
BMW is well on its way to reaching its sustainability goals by reducing the amount of energy it needs to build each car. Energy consumption per vehicles dropped 31 percent from 2006 to 2013.
BMW is well on its way to reaching its sustainability goals by reducing the amount of energy it needs to build each car. Energy consumption per vehicles...

BMW is well on its way to reaching its sustainability goals by reducing the amount of energy it needs to build each car. Energy consumption per vehicles dropped 31 percent from 2006 to 2013 and by 2020, the Germany-based automaker wants energy expended per vehicle to be down 45 percent from 2006 levels.

One significant pillar of the strategy is the deployment of what BMW calls its intelligent energy management data system (EMDS). The system uses intelligent electricity meters that measure the energy consumption of plants and robots and align them with a big data network.

These meters allow BMW to identify anomalies in energy consumption and take action where necessary. Data analysis even helps the carmaker prevent imminent production disruptions or breakdowns in the manufacturing process.

BMW already applies IEMDS in its plants in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and in Regensburg, Munich and Landshut in Germany, however the system is now being rolled out globally at all of the company’s 40 production facilities.

IEDMS can yield reductions in global energy consumption of 7 percent a year at the plants, BMW estimates.

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May 12, 2021

Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing

SustainableManufacturing
BatteryCell
EVs
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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