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MARSEILLE: CMA CGM has taken delivery of the first of 10 dual-use 2,000 TEU container vessels to operate on Mediterranean and Northern Europe routes.

Initially powered by LNG to reduce sulfur oxide emissions by 99 percent, nitrogen oxide 92 percent and fine particles by 91 percent, the new fleet can also use biogas produced from bio-waste and e-methane from decarbonized hydrogen.

The company says the result will reduce CO2 emissions up to 20 percent compared to using low-sulfur marine fuel oil.

With deliveries between February 2024 and January 2025, six of the series will operate from Hamburg and Bremerhaven to serve Baltic and Scandinavian ports and four more will join CMA CGM’s Intra-Mediterranean liner network.

The result of a cooperation between designer Chantiers de l'Atlantique, engineering firm Odense Marine Technique, shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and LNG technology storage company GTT, the ships are the first in CMA CGM’s fleet to incorporate a superstructure in the bow for better aerodynamic performance and higher loading capacity compared to conventional containership architecture.

The 10 vessels will also be equipped with an alternator coupled to the main engine to power lighting at sea while the last delivery in January next year will incorporate a 1MW hydrogen fuel cell to ensure zero emissions when in port.

Capable of carrying 45’ trailer containers, the company says the ships will offer a more energy-efficient alternative to road transport in Europe and the Mediterranean region.

BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT, France: Last year Deloitte and the Manufacturing Leadership Council (MLC), an independent research company, surveyed over 350 U.S. manufacturing industry executives to better understand the industrial metaverse and its applications in manufacturing.

According to Deloitte the industrial metaverse “is the convergence of individual technologies that, when used in combination, can create an immersive three-dimensional virtual or virtual/physical industrial environment”.

The Renault Group says it was the first [car] manufacturer to set up an industrial metaverse and in December 2023 announced plans to reduce production costs of fossil fuel-based vehicles 30 percent by 2027 and 50 percent for electric vehicles.

With 12,000 systems connected worldwide and three billion data items uploaded every day, in 2023 Renault’s metaverse has generated savings of €270 million, primarily through the deployment of predictive maintenance on installations. Now, by connecting not only the workstations but also its entire ecosystem including transport and suppliers, the manufacturer aims to cut vehicle development from three to two years, its production carbon footprint 50 percent and delivery times 60 percent.

AI also enables the company to implement a predictive approach to energy consumption that has already reduced industrial site energy use by 20 percent with a goal of 40 percent by 2025.

Deloitte explains that as technology evolves, the industrial metaverse will likely allow access to immersive 3D environments from any internet-connected device, including virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) devices, as well as smartphones, tablets, laptops, and equipment, from anywhere in the world.

The MLC study revealed five major findings:

• Most manufacturers are optimistic about the potential of the industrial metaverse and are confident about its adoption in the manufacturing industry over the next five years.
• Manufacturers are currently piloting or using more than six industrial metaverse use cases throughout their production, supply chain, talent, and customer ecosystems, and are realising benefits in their costs, revenue, operational efficiencies and talent.
• Executives expect an average of 12-14 percent improvement in sales, throughput, productivity and quality by implementing industrial metaverse initiatives, and are planning significant investment and expansion over the next one to three years.
• Cybersecurity and data protection are key concerns and strategies to mitigate these risks should be in place as industrial metaverse initiatives are implemented.
• Analysis of the survey data reveals 30 percent of survey companies - called ‘pacesetters’ - show their level of adoption of metaverse-enabling technologies to be above average, or well above average in relation to their competitors.

David R. Brousell, founder, vice president and executive director of the MLC, thinks the [U.S.] manufacturing industry is well-positioned for the adoption of the industrial metaverse.

“Given their continued focus on digital transformation and their journey toward the smart factory, the majority of companies surveyed have made significant investments and are already using the foundational technologies that power the industrial metaverse."

He notes companies are either implementing data analytics, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, and the Internet of Things technologies across multiple projects and processes, or they are currently experimenting with one-off projects.

“The same is true for digital twins, 3D modeling, and 3D scanning, which can all serve as building blocks for the immersive 3D environments of the industrial metaverse,” he adds.

https://www.renaultgroup.com/en

BRUSSELS: The European Commission has approved €902 million in State aid from Germany for Northvolt to build a gigafactory in Heide, Schleswig-Holstein for the production of electric vehicle battery cells.

The Commission has approved the aid to avoid the risk of the investment being diverted from Europe to the U.S. in order to benefit from foreign subsidies.

Set up in Stockholm in 2016, Northvolt has pioneered a sustainable model for battery manufacturing and has since received US$55 billion in orders from BMW, Fluence, Scania, Volvo Cars and Volkswagen Group.

The company is currently delivering batteries from its Swedish gigafactory Northvolt Ett and from its R&D and industrialization campus Northvolt Labs.

Last year the company announced a state-of-the-art sodium-ion battery produced with iron and sodium for the expansion of energy storage systems more sustainably than nickel, manganese and cobalt or iron phosphate-based alternatives.

“The world has put high hopes on sodium-ion, and I’m very pleased to say that we’ve developed a technology that will enable its widespread deployment to accelerate the energy transition,” commented Northvolt CEO and co-founder Peter Carlsson. “It’s an important milestone for Northvolt’s market proposition, but battery technology like this is also crucial to reach global sustainability goals by making electrification more cost-efficient, sustainable and accessible worldwide.”

The company said its sodium-ion technology, developed with research partner Altris, could be manufactured with locally sourced materials for regional battery manufacturing in India, the Middle East and Africa.

“Our sodium-ion technology delivers the performance required to enable energy storage with longer duration than alternative battery chemistries, at a lower cost, thereby opening new pathways to deploying renewable power generation, added Carlsson.

Subsequent iterations will also enable electric mobility solutions as a complement to Northvolt’s product portfolio of premium lithium-ion battery cells tailored for automotive customers, and energy-dense lithium-metal battery technology under development for aviation and high-performance vehicles at Cuberg in San Leandro, USA.

The Commission said it has also approved €2.9 billion in French aid to produce batteries, solar panels, wind turbines and heat-pumps plus related key components and critical raw materials to avoid the transfer of technology to foreign countries.

“The production of net-zero equipment in Europe is of strategic interest for the European economy and society,” said Competition Commission EVP Margrethe Vestager. “It has immense importance for achieving our goals in clean mobility, sustainability, and competitiveness.”

The multibillion state aid follows approval of similar schemes in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, and Spain worth a total €9.1 billion.

https://northvolt.com/
February 15, 2024
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