Automakers Turn to Lighting for Energy Efficiency

Multiple automotive plants in the US are upgrading legacy fluorescent lighting systems to energy efficient LED lighting platforms and controls to help achieve the environmental and energy efficiency goals of the companies.

Orion Energy Systems, Inc. expects commitments from two large automakers for its LED lighting systems throughout multiple auto plants.

One automotive customer requested engineering studies for the lighting needs of all of its North American plants. LED lighting retrofit projects for five of this customer’s US plants will take place in 2018. The plants will be fitted with LED lighting that delivers more than 214 lumens per watt, making them the lighting industry’s highest performing LED high bay fixtures.

US-based automakers aren’t the only ones aiming to be more energy efficient with processes. BMW Group recently announced that manure from 25,000 cows in Gauteng Province, South Africa will be turned into biogas to power BMW’s Rosslyn Plant north of Pretoria.

BMW Group first announced a 10-year agreement with Bio2Watt in October 2015 to produce 25% to 30% of the electricity needed for the Rosslyn Plant from renewable sources. Bio2Watt’s biogas plant in Bronkhorstspruit, east of Pretoria, processes about 40,000 tons of cow manure and 20,000 tons of mixed organic waste every year using anaerobic digesters, BMW said at the time.

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