Fuel cell use increased at BMW facility in Spartanburg

March 24, 2013 by  

BMW recently announced that it has increased the use of fuel cells in its four million square foot plant in Spartanburg to power its equipment for assembly lines, such as the delivery carts for motorized parts and forklifts, as well as the fleet for the test vehicles of the company.

No doubt various printing services are being used by the company to make the local community and those who purchase its vehicles aware that it is making a commitment to sustainable energy.

As part of this increased fuel cell usage, new distribution piping and storage tubes, two new compressors with high capacity, and eight new hydrogen dispensers will be added to equipment that was installed three years ago so as to deliver 400 kilograms of hydrogen daily to the plant. In addition, these fuel cells will be used in its electric cars, such as the i3 city car, the i8 supercar, and its active hybrids as part of its commitment to sustainable mobility. The company is also looking into additional ways to produce energy – making sure that they are effective and cost-efficient.

One of these projects is being conducted in cooperation with the South Carolina Research Authority and is designed to convert methane gas into hydrogen by building a system that removes the sulfur and trace contaminants found in the landfill gas by means of a steam methane reformer and from that produces hydrogen. The funding and technical support for this project is being provided by the United States Department of Energy.

Later this year, BMW will conduct more tests to determine of gas produced from landfill can be used as power sources of vehicles of the future.

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