Nov 29, 2011
BMW to supply Rosslyn plant with electricity from wasteBack
At the end of last year, BWM investigated the technical and economic feasibility of supplying its Rosslyn plant solely by means of renewable energy, or in combination with the existing power supply.
He told Engineering News Online that the company aimed to achieve self-sufficiency in future at its Rosslyn plant, which will be powered only by renewable energy.
Methane gas, converted from unusable organic waste at a landfill site in Onderstepoort, will be piped 8 km to Rosslyn.
Depending on the quantity supplied, the gas will be used to either produce electricity through gas generators or supplement the use of natural gas in the production process.
Meanwhile, the leaps in efficiency demanded by climate change require both “evolutionary improvements to vehicles” and a “radical new approach”, Donauer said while announcing the group’s intention to become the first manufacturer to bring e-mobility to South African roads in 2012.
Meanwhile, the BMW group also announced it would construct an HIV/Aids clinic in the Nyavini district in a public-private partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health. The clinic, modelled on a similar clinic built by the BMW Group, in Soshanguve, in 2005, will also provide basic healthcare to the community, which is situated some 50 km from the nearest hospital.
Edited by: Mariaan Webb
Creamer Media Senior Researcher and Deputy Editor Online
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