BMW Manufacturing Receives Duke Energy Power Partner Award







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: March 20, 2013
Categories: BMW, BMW Awards

Spartanburg, S.C. – March 20, 2013...For its  individual efforts in energy efficiency, sustainability and business  growth, BMW Manufacturing was a recipient of the 2012 Duke Energy  Power Partner Award.

BMW Manufacturing

In an official ceremony Wednesday, officials from Duke Energy  presented Mr. Josef Kerscher, President of BMW Manufacturing, with the award.

“BMW and Duke Energy have been strategic partners since 1992, when  the BMW Group announced their intention to build the company’s first  plant outside of Germany, said Kerscher. Duke Energy’s ability to  repeatedly execute the plant’s energy needs throughout 5 major  expansions is to be commended.”

“We deeply respect BMW’s commitment to sustainability and their  innovative approach to responsible energy use,” said Gayle Lanier,  Duke Energy senior vice president and Chief Customer Officer. “Their  collaboration to identify and implement energy-saving changes has  improved their sustainability and operational success, while also  improving the very community where their employees live and work. The  energy they are saving is powering other homes and businesses in the  community, which helps delay the need for new power plants and  supports our goal of delivering increasingly clean energy for our customers.”

For a decade, BMW has been using methane gas generated at a landfill  located near the plant site to efficiently cogenerate electrical power  and hot water.  Methane gas is captured and converted to energy  providing nearly 50% of our plant’s total energy needs. Implementation  of the landfill gas program reduces CO2 emissions by 92,000 tons per  year.  To date, the landfill gas-to-energy project has saved BMW an  annual average of $7 million in energy costs.

In 2010, BMW began using hydrogen to power their fuel cell material  handling fleet. The fleet has now grown to more than 230 pieces,  making BMW one of the largest hydrogen fuel cell material handling  fleets in the world. To make this program even more sustainable, the  company is actively exploring options to use landfill gas to produce  hydrogen.

In 2012, the company announced that they had added solar to their  suite of alternative energy.  Installation of 400 solar modules, each  capable of producing 240 watts of energy, now provides power to the  Zentrum Museum making the facility carbon neutral. In addition, the  solar panels provide energy to three electric vehicle (EV) charging  stations. Also, in 2012, the plant achieved a major milestone. With  the exception of one regulated waste stream, BMW’s plant in South  Carolina claims a Zero Waste-to-Landfill status.

For their efforts in on-site energy production, the U.S.  Environmental Protection Agency recently named BMW Manufacturing the  second largest Green Power Partner. Green Power rankings recognize  U.S. businesses and communities that are making investments in on-site  power generation. BMW’s U.S. plant currently produces 38% of its  electrical requirements on-site, mostly from its landfill  gas-to-energy program.

BMW Manufacturing Co.

BMW Manufacturing Co. is a subsidiary of BMW AG in Munich, Germany  and is the global producer of the BMW X3 and X5 Sports Activity  Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupe. In addition to the South  Carolina manufacturing facility, BMW North American subsidiaries  include sales, marketing and financial services operations in the  United States, Canada and throughout Latin America; and a design firm  and technology office in California.