BMW sources aluminium produced using solar power

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BMW Group becomes the first customer for EGA’s CelestiAL aluminium, made with solar power.

The carmaker will begin sourcing ‘solar aluminium’ with immediate effect. This marks an important milestone on the road to the company’s goal of lowering CO2 emissions in its supplier network by 20 % by 2030.

EGA has supplied metal to BMW Group since 2013 for use in the German carmaker’s engines and other parts. The UAE-based aluminium producer will supply 43,000 t of CelestiAL metal to BMW Group per year. Using solar aluminium from EGA will reduce BMW Group’s emissions by 222,000 t of CO2 per year. BMW Group’s annual supply contract with EGA is worth a three-digit million-euro sum. EGA’s CelestiAL metal will cover almost half the annual requirements of Plant Landshut, the BMW Group’s only production facility for light metal casting in Europe. Last year, Plant Landshut produced 2.9m cast metal components including engine parts such as cylinder heads and crankcases, parts for electric drive trains, and vehicle body parts.

EGA’s solar aluminium is made using electricity generated at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, located in the desert outside Dubai. Photo: EGA

Solar power for aluminium production a first ever

EGA’s solar aluminium is made using electricity generated at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, located in the desert outside Dubai and operated by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. EGA began production of CelestiAL earlier this month, the first time solar power has been used to produce aluminium commercially worldwide. The Solar Park has a current installed capacity of some 1,013 MW with capacity to eventually reach 5,000 MW by 2030.

Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, CEO of EGA, said: We are delighted that the BMW Group is the first customer for EGA’s low carbon CelestiAL. Aluminium is lightweight, strong and infinitely recyclable, and that is why it has an important role to play in developing a more sustainable society and making modern life possible. One key example of this is by improving the efficiency of vehicles through reducing their weight. But it also matters how sustainably aluminium is made. Solar aluminium is a step forward – using a natural and abundant source of energy in our desert environment to make a metal that is vital to our planet’s future.”

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