Since 2002, BMW's assembly plant in Spartanburg, SC has been using methane captured from a nearby landfill site to fuel electrical generators. As part of the current expansion of the plant to support the addition of X3 production, BMW has invested another $12 million to expand power generation from methane. The original system of four turbines has been replaced by two larger, more efficient turbines. The result is that the turbines can now generate 30% of the plant's electricity needs from the s
BMW has partnered with Gold Ring Power, LLC to investigate the possibility of using the wind to help generate power for its plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Before any decisions can be made, a detailed analysis of wind patterns near the site will be conducted using twin 50-foot towers with anemometers placed on top that will collect data on wind speed and direction. After two weeks in one location, the towers will be relocated and set back up. After the team has the data it needs, a report
The car most drivers associate with being green is a hybrid, and BMW doesn't offer any of those (and they probably won't any time soon). Still, that doesn't mean BMW isn't a green company, as a study done by the Berlin Institute for Future Studies and Technology Evaluation (IZT) found.