Rolls-Royce 2050: net zero carbon in production operations
In joining the UN Business Ambition for 1.5oC campaign, Rolls-Royce has set its ambitions to become net zero carbon across its operations by 2030, with further ambitions to play a leading role in enabling the sector to reach net zero carbon by 2050 via the production of new products and technologies.
As part of its commitment, Rolls Royce has set its focus on advancing key production technologies including:
- Leading a consortium that combines proven technology with advanced manufacturing to build small modular nuclear power stations for competitive, clean and low carbon power at scale
- Designing parts that drive changes in the efficiency of engines, as well as working with the fuel industry to ramp up the availability of lower carbon alternative fuels
- Partnering with YASA - a manufacturer of high-power, lightweight electric motors and controllers - and Electroflight - a start-up specialising in high performance electric powertrain - to accelerate the development of disruptive technologies and capability for low emission products in the aerospace industry
- Continuing to invest in developing state of the art manufacturing and production environments to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 by using: 100% renewable energy; closed loop manufacturing techniques; and deploying cutting-edge microgrid capabilities
“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought immediate and obvious pressures to our industry and to us as a company, but the long-term challenges our world faces have not gone away,” said Warren East, CEO, Rolls-Royce. “The world on the other side of this pandemic will need the power that we generate to fuel economic recovery. I absolutely believe the call for that power to be more sustainable and net zero will be stronger than ever. Answering that call is a big, complex challenge and few companies on the planet are better placed than Rolls-Royce to help. We will use our capabilities to play a leading role in enabling the vital sectors in which we operate to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. I believe this ambition will drive our competitiveness for the future.”
In addition to its technological commitments in manufacturing and production, Rolls-Royce has also committed to:
- Continuing to deploy hybrid electric systems in the rail and marine industries as well as implementing these systems into aviation
- Providing microgrid solutions for vital stability and back-up power
- Aligning its business to the Paris Agreement goals
- Harnessing its technological capabilities to play a leading role in enabling aviation, shipping, rail, and power generation to get to net zero carbon by 2050
- Striving to accelerate, progress against carbon reduction targets and goals
- Continuing its investment in research and development (R&D) for products and solutions
- Producing a clear roadmap establishing a pathway to enable net zero carbon emissions by 2050
“With 2.6 billion people and over half of global GDP now covered by net zero goals, Rolls-Royce is positioning itself to meet huge growth in demand for net zero transport and power. As a company operating in some of the hardest to abate sectors, this is a big act of industrial technology leadership,” added Nigel Topping, UN High Level Climate Action Champion for COP26.
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Fluent.ai x BSH: Voice Automating the Assembly Line
Fluent.ai has deployed its voice recognition solutions in one of BSH’s German factories. BSH leads the market in producing connected appliances—its brands include Bosch, Siemens, Gaggenau, NEFF, and Thermador, and with this new partnership, the company intends to cut transition time in its assembly lines.
According to BSH, voice automation will yield 75-100% efficiency gains—but it’s the collaboration between the two companies that stands out. ‘After considering 11 companies for this partnership, we chose Fluent.ai because of their key competitive differentiators’, explained Ion Hauer, Venture Partner at BSH Startup Kitchen.
What Sets Fluent.ai Apart?
After seven years of research, the company developed a wide range of artificial intelligence (AI) software products to help original equipment manufacturers (OEM) expand their services. Three key aspects stood out to BSH, which operates across the world and in unique factory environments.
- Robust noise controls. The system can operate even in loud conditions.
- Low latency. The AI understands commands quickly and accurately.
- Multilingual support. BSH can expand the automation to any of its 50+ country operations.
How Voice Automation Works
Instead of pressing buttons, BSH factory workers will now be able to speak into a headset fitted with Fluent.ai’s voice recognition technology. After uttering a WakeWord, workers can use a command to start assembly line movement. As the technology is hands-free, workers benefit from less physical strain, which will both reduce employee fatigue and boost line production.
‘Implementing Fluent’s technology has already improved efficiencies within our factory, with initial implementation of the solution cutting down the transition time from four seconds to one and a half”, said Markus Maier, Project Lead at the BSH factory. ‘In the long run, the production time savings will be invaluable’.
Future Global Adoption
In the coming years, BSH and Fluent.ai will continue to push for artificial intelligence on factory lines, pursuing efficiency, ergonomics, and a healthy work environment. ‘We started with Fluent.ai on one factory assembly line, moved to three, and [are now] considering rolling the technology out worldwide’, said Maier.
Said Probal Lala, Fluent.ai’s CEO: ‘We are thrilled to be working with BSH, a company at the forefront of innovation. Seeing your solution out in the real world is incredibly rewarding, and we look forward to continuing and growing our collaboration’.