May 26, 2018 Last Updated 11:11 AM, May 23, 2018

BMW to power SA factory with biogas

BMW F13 650i xDrive Coup Individual IAA 2011ABN – Leading car company BMW has signed a 10-year deal with renewable power provider Bio2Watt that will see its South African factory powered partly with biogas.

The manufacturer has agreed to buy as much as 4.4 megawatts of electricity from a biogas plant 80 kilometres north of its Pretoria factory, which generates electricity from cow manure and other organic waste.

When ramped up to full capacity the biogas plant will provide between 25% and 30% of the car factory’s total electricity, which BMW South African spokesman Diederik Reitsma said was “a lot” due to its power consumption being so high.

BMW currently procures about half of the energy it consumes from renewable sources and aims to increase this percentage to 100% eventually.

The company said it is considering procuring further green energy for its South African factory, perhaps from solar.


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