BMW Group Plant Leipzig has launched the primary fuel-flexible hydrogen-capable burner for paint dryers—the primary automotive plant on the planet to take action. The system can run on hydrogen (H2), methane (CH4) or a combination of the 2. It will possibly additionally swap between fuels whereas in operation.
Initially, it should run in trial operations. The fuel-flexible burner system was developed in collaboration with the Bremen-based combustion plant firm Saacke, and with the Fraunhofer Institute IFF in Magdeburg supporting the mixing of the security idea.
BMW Group Plant Leipzig: A versatile-fuel hydrogen-capable burner within the paintshop. The fitting-most vertical pipe carries hydrogen (Wasserstoff); the vertical pipe to its left carries pure gasoline (Erdgas).
To run hydrogen all through, a pipeline can be wanted to make sure ample portions of inexperienced hydrogen can be found always. The Leipzig plant has the chance to make use of a hydrogen community created within the area for this function.
Hydrogen has lengthy been a staple gasoline in plant logistics. The primary indoor hydrogen filling station in Germany was put in on the plant premises in 2013, to gasoline forklifts and tug trains in intralogistics. Right this moment, virtually ten years later, Plant Leipzig has the biggest fleet in Germany with over 130 fuel-cell powered forklifts. There are additionally 5 intralogistics hydrogen stations on the premises. The newest gives totally automated refuelling.
Lowering CO2 emissions is likely one of the central goals of the BMW iFACTORY with its LEAN. GREEN. DIGITAL strategy. Whereas sustainability, optimum use of assets and circularity are the main focus of GREEN, the LEAN strand of the technique works for environment friendly, exact and extremely versatile manufacturing. DIGITAL makes efficient use of digitalization in knowledge science, synthetic intelligence and virtualization.
To develop into extra sustainable, the BMW Group is devising site-specific options to cut back CO2 emissions—together with geothermal, photovoltaics, and hydrogen. The varied options can be deployed in no matter approach most accurately fits the location in query.