ABB to improve energy efficiency of Renault-Nissan Mexican plant by up to 20%

Posted on 23 Jun 2016 by Tim Brown
Staff at the Cooperation Manufacturing Plant Aguascalientes, the Mexican car manufacturing plant of Renault-Nissan and Daimler which is to receive new technology from ABB - image courtesy of CMPA

ABB is to supply energy-efficient, low-voltage power distribution solutions to COMPAS (Cooperation Manufacturing Plant Aguascalientes), the new car manufacturing facilities of Renault-Nissan and Daimler’s strategic Mexican joint venture with the aim of reducing energy consumption by up to 20%.

ABB technology products including low-voltage switchgear, motor-controller, electrical panels and automated lighting systems will be used to power the Renault-Nissan / Daimler factory’s entire electrical system.

The project includes the supply of Emax 2, the world’s first combined circuit breaker and power manager, which uses 25% less copper than traditional circuit breakers, and can improve energy efficiency by up to 20%.

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“Now more than ever, energy efficiency is a major factor not only in our end product, but also all along our value chain,” said Ryoji Kurosawa, COMPAS chief executive officer. “Working with ABB’s solutions helps us to achieve those goals throughout our production line.”

Renault-Nissan and Daimler have stated that they intend to produce 1.1 million vehicles per year at their new Mexican factory. According to news reports, the Mexican car industry showed a 5.6% increase from 2014 to 2015, with the production of 3.4 million cars and light trucks, in the face of robust demand.

“We at ABB are proud to provide our technological breakthroughs and expertise to [Renault-Nissan] and Daimler as they reduce the factory’s carbon footprint, improve energy efficiency and protect people and equipment,” said Tarak Mehta, president of ABB’s Electrification Products division. “This project supports our Next Level strategy focus on driving industrial productivity improvements and reducing energy consumption.”

Specifics of the ABB electrical system

The Aguascalientes factory’s electrical system includes Emax 2 circuit breakers; the System Pro E main distribution boards; the TVOC-2Arc guard system; and an automated lighting solution, the new ABB i-bus® KNX system.”

The motor-control centers are integrated through System pro E power technology to safeguard personnel against electrical short circuits and to keep the system running with maximum efficiency and minimum maintenance and downtime.

ArTu “L”, the automated lighting panel integrates the new ABB i-bus KNX system that meets the highest requirements for applications in modern home and building control and is based on the proven KNX technology.

ABB i-bus KNX is a system supported by building controllers (lighting, sun protection, heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and intelligent networks that contributes significantly to the optimization of energy consumption, simplification of building monitoring and maintenance.