Electric models like the BMW iX3 and the BMW iX are pioneers in the future of mobility. But it’s not just the vehicles’ drives that are geared towards sustainability; the materials used are also designed to follow this principle. The same is also true for the company’s aluminum fabrication.
From now on, the BMW Group will be using aluminum produced using electricity from solar energy generated in the desert outside Dubai. This is a milestone on the path to the company’s goal of reducing carbon emissions in its supplier network by 20% by 2030.
The BMW Group has a long-standing supply relationship with Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) for primary aluminum. EGA obtains the electricity to produce the low-carbon CelestiAL aluminum destined for the BMW Group from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park in the desert outside Dubai.
Aluminum is strong, lightweight, and infinitely recyclable, which is why it plays such an important role in developing a more sustainable society. Because the fabrication of aluminum is highly energy-intensive, the use of green power – such as solar power – has significant potential in reducing carbon emissions.
Solar aluminum is a step toward the future of mobility – utilizing a natural, abundant energy source in the desert environment to produce a metal that is vital to the planet’s vision of the future.
In the BMW Group plant’s light metal foundry in Landshut, the aluminum produced with solar energy is further processed into body and drive components such as those needed for electric drives in the new BMW e-vehicles.
The light metal foundry is the largest production area at the BMW Group plant in Landshut, and the BMW Group’s only production facility for light metal casting in Europe. Last year, the plant’s more than 1,600 employees produced 2.9 million cast components.
The light metal foundry is one of the most modern foundries in the world; its innovative, sustainable manufacturing processes for engine components like cylinder heads or crankcases have won multiple awards.
In addition to using green power to fabricate aluminum, the BMW Group has set itself the goal of significantly increasing its ratio of recycled raw materials, so-called secondary materials, by 2030 and using raw materials several times over in a circular economy.
The aluminum fabricated with solar power is sustainably processed in the BMW Group plant light metal foundry in Landshut.
Innovative manufacturing processes: To produce the castings, the light metal foundry uses methods such as molding sand cores. The sand cores are produced using inorganic binders. Virtually no emissions are released during casting.
By 2030, the BMW Group aims to put more than seven million electric vehicles on the road, two-thirds of which will be fully electric. To achieve this goal, the BMW Group will ensure that the requirements for sustainable action are implemented.
Details like the green aluminum show: The path to the future of mobility isn’t just ecological, it’s also impressive in sustainable terms.