BMW Named Second Largest Green Power Partner by US Government

BMW Spartanburg Plant 1 photo
The BMW Group has several plants around the world building the "ultimate driving machines". Such plants can be found in South Africa, India, China, the United States and, of course, Europe.
Lately BMW started working on changing its manufacturing facilities in order to be more environmentally friendly. The US plant, located in South Carolina at Spartanburg, has a 4-million square feet (372,000 square meters) production facility. In order to help decrease the energy consumption of such a big facility, BMW started an ambitious project in 2010 with a final goal of using only sustainable energy sources for the plant's needs.

BMW Manufacturing announced that they successfully completed the expansion of the company's hydrogen fuel-cell material handling equipment across it's Spartanburg facility.

“BMW continues to complement its sustainable production model by adding alternative, efficient technology, said Josef Kerscher, President of BMW Manufacturing. “Successful implementation, and ultimately expansion, of our hydrogen fuel cell material handling fleet has provided a sustainable energy source that exceeds our expectations.”

With this new move BMW estimates that the expanded system will avoid 4.1 million Kw/h per year, up from the previous 1.8 million kw/h per year for the initial fuel cell system.

All these efforts haven't gone unnoticed by the US Environmental Protection Agency that recently named BMW Manufacturing the second largest Green Power Partner. BMW's plant in Spartanburg currently produces 38% of its electrical requirements on-site, making serious progress towards the end goal of being a completely self sufficient plant.
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