With the continuous growth of global population and the rapid development of industrial economy, the demand for Earth's resources by humans is increasing day by day. In the process of consuming resources, environmental pollution, ecological damage, global warming and other issues have also emerged and become increasingly prominent, even threatening human survival.
Faced with severe environmental challenges, the realization of "carbon neutrality" has become increasingly urgent and has received more and more attention from enterprises. They actively assume social responsibility, take many actions to improve this situation, reduce the demand for fossil fuels, and actively strive to achieve carbon neutrality.
During a recent media trip to Japan, the reporter had the privilege of visiting the headquarters of DENSO, the world's second largest automotive component supplier, to gain a deeper understanding of the success path of this company, which was established in 1949 and has a history of 74 years until 2023. In particular, they gained a deeper understanding of its measures and achievements in carbon neutrality.
The product range of the electric installation company is very wide, mainly including automotive components and industrial equipment. The automotive field involves core electrification technologies such as battery management systems, motor generators, and inverters, as well as automotive air conditioning, radiators, spark plugs, combination instruments, fuel management systems, etc. Among them, the electric vehicle has the world's top technology in engine management, body electronics, driving control and safety, information and communication, environmental protection, and other fields, with over 20 products ranking first in the world.
Electric assembly not only leads the development of advanced technology in automotive components, but also leads the common cause of carbon neutrality in the automotive manufacturing industry.
Clear goal - achieving carbon neutrality by 2035
As one of Japan's leading suppliers of automotive components and industrial equipment, Electric Equipment aims to achieve its carbon neutrality goal by 2035 through various effective carbon neutrality measures.
Throughout the entire visit to Japan, AI automotive manufacturing reporters learned that electric vehicles have taken active action in three areas: production and manufacturing, mobile travel products, and energy utilization, striving to achieve the vision of "two zeros", namely zero CO ₂ emissions and zero traffic accidents, and continuously committed to "contributing to the happiness of humanity and society".
The reporter visited the electrical equipment headquarters and participated in the electrical equipment booth of the Japan Mobile Travel Expo. They saw the company's rich automotive parts product line, especially in the forefront of electrification and future mobile travel technology. In addition, they also visited the Ancheng and Xiwei production offices, gaining a detailed understanding of their carbon neutrality strategies and measures, And particularly witnessed its specially designed carbon neutral energy systems such as "SOEC for hydrogen production from electricity" and "SOFC for electricity production from hydrogen".
During the carbon neutrality process of the 'creation' process
In the field of production and manufacturing, known as "creation" by the Japanese, electrical equipment not only pursues efficient, high-precision, and high-quality manufacturing, but also pays attention to considering carbon neutrality throughout the entire production process. From the procurement stage of raw materials to the entire production and manufacturing process, and then to the logistics, transportation, and recycling stages, carbon neutrality is integrated into every detail of every link.
In the procurement of raw materials, electrical equipment will consider using recyclable materials as much as possible, while equipment procurement tends to be more efficient and energy-efficient. In the process of production and manufacturing, every factory under the Electric Equipment Group actively promotes energy-saving and emission reduction activities in the manufacturing field through innovation in processes, technology, and equipment, effectively promoting factories to achieve zero carbon emissions. Not only that, each factory has introduced photovoltaic power generation on the roof of the factory building and parking lot according to local conditions, while purchasing "green electricity" to meet the electricity needs of production activities. The heat generated during the production process will be collected and reused in the process that needs to be heated. Of course, the requirements of electricity conservation, water conservation, and solar terms in production have already become routine.
Under the effective implementation of various combination measures, Dianzhuang has achieved carbon neutrality at multiple manufacturing bases in Japan, such as Ancheng Manufacturing Office, Nishio Manufacturing Office, and Hirose Manufacturing Office. The Ancheng factory visited by the reporter was founded in 1967. Although it is an old factory with a history of 56 years, it is still full of vitality under the protection of advanced manufacturing technology and various environmental measures. The electricity used in Ancheng Production is "green electricity" generated from renewable energy, while gas is carbon neutral through the use of green certificates. In addition, there is a special CO ₂ recycling facility for energy recycling. A variety of models of starters, alternators, inverters, electric generators, and other products continuously flow from this "green factory" to the assembly factories of automotive customers every day.
Next, Dianzhuang will strive to achieve carbon neutrality in all of its 130 factories worldwide by 2035. In addition, it hopes to influence or expand to more factories including its customers and supply chain.
More product research and development oriented towards electrification
In the field of mobile travel products, electric vehicles cater to the development trend of electrification in the industry, and have comprehensively developed rich electrification technology and automotive component products for different technological routes such as HEV (hybrid electric vehicle), BEV (pure electric vehicle), FCEV (hydrogen fuel cell vehicle), e-VTOL (aerial vehicle), etc., to minimize carbon emissions of transportation vehicles.
This trip to Japan coincided with the 2023 Japan Mobile Travel Expo held in Tokyo, and the reporter also had the opportunity to participate in the press conference held by Dianzhuang during the exhibition and visited its booth.
In terms of electrification, Dianzhuang focuses on showcasing core technologies and products such as battery management systems, motor generators, and inverters. At the same time, Dianzhuang also has corresponding technologies in thermal management, energy management systems, and other aspects. By integrating vehicle energy management, Dianzhuang can improve energy utilization efficiency, reduce energy consumption, and improve the range and overall performance of electric vehicles. In addition, electric vehicles also have products and system solutions for electric power steering systems, specialized motors and ECUs for braking systems, and various small motors. In the field of fuel cells, Dianzhuang utilizes its accumulated technical experience in electric drive, thermal management, and battery condition monitoring and control technology in the field of hybrid power, and actively assists in the efficient generation of fuel cells and the forward-looking research and development of products and systems.
Dianzhuang regards "developing innovative technologies to contribute to the advanced automotive society" as its mission. Through seven research and development centers located in Japan, the United States, Germany, China, Thailand, India, Brazil, as well as laboratories located in Canada, Israel, Silicon Valley, and other places, Dianzhuang has built a strong research and development network and is committed to developing competitive products, And we hope to reduce travel costs and environmental impact by using more renewable energy.
Energy conservation and recycling
In terms of energy recovery and utilization, electrical equipment promotes carbon neutrality through CO ₂ recycling and reuse. During the visit to the Ancheng Manufacturing Institute, the technical experts of the electrical installation specifically introduced their CO ₂ circulation facilities to AI automotive manufacturing journalists.
It is reported that the CO ₂ circulation facility at Ancheng Production Institute consists of a dehydrator, CO ₂ recovery unit, hydrogen generator, and methanation reactor. The dehydrator is used to remove moisture from machine exhaust gas, the CO ₂ collector is used to recover CO ₂ generated during the production process, the hydrogen generator synthesizes the recovered H2O and CO ₂ into hydrogen, and the methanation reactor synthesizes methane from CO ₂ and hydrogen and supplies it to the factory's equipment for heating. This CO ₂ recycling facility has been in operation since April 2021, aiming to recycle the CO ₂ generated during the production process of the factory through the use of efficient CO ₂ methanation technology, and recycle it for production and manufacturing in the factory, helping to achieve carbon neutrality at the Ancheng Manufacturing Institute.
Meanwhile, during the visit by the reporter, the largest production base of the Electric Equipment Group in Japan, Xiwei Manufacturing Institute, a factory that has mainly produced car mounted air conditioners, radiators, and fuel injection systems since 1970, has also achieved carbon neutrality. Of particular concern is that they have been implementing a new energy management system since May 2023.
According to a senior expert from the factory, the system is being tested at a ratio of 5 ‰ of the actual energy consumption of the entire factory. This empirical facility is centered around the development of SOFC (Solid Oxide Fuel Cell) for electric vehicles, consisting of batteries that supply power to the factory (save electricity through solar power generation), V2G (excess electricity from electric vehicles can be reused for power supply facilities), and solar panels. The entire facility aims to flexibly control battery charging and discharging, SOFC generation, and achieve more effective energy management based on fluctuations in factory power demand. Various positive measures have enabled this factory to fully achieve carbon neutrality, and it has won the Central Economic Industry Director's Award in the Japan Green Factory Award selection event, becoming a national demonstration factory.
These facilities are currently operating well with significant results and are expected to be promoted and applied to more factories in the coming years. Dianzhuang hopes to take "hydrogen" as the core, connect the industry, connect various energy sources, and make contributions to achieving carbon neutrality in society.
Bringing benefits to society through innovative technology is a social responsibility that Electric Equipment always remembers. This industry leading enterprise enhances its value by developing advanced electrification products, striving to achieve carbon neutrality in the production process, and making efforts in energy recycling. It actively practices the concept of sustainable management and contributes to the carbon neutrality and sustainable development of the entire society.
For electric equipment, sustainable management has risen to a strategic level. To promote the implementation of this strategy, the "2030 Long Term Policy of Dianzhuang Group" has been formulated and implemented. In addition to the maximization of the value of "environment" and "peace of mind" that has always been a concern, Dianzhuang has also proposed a new value - "resonance", hoping to provide society with new values that can resonate with various stakeholders, which is very suitable for the industry leader status of the world's second largest automotive parts industry.
Introduction to Electric Installation Company
Electric assembly is one of the world's advanced manufacturers of automotive components. Ranked 303rd on the 2023 Fortune Global 500 list published by the US magazine. Electric vehicles have always focused on technological innovation such as electrification, autonomous driving, and intelligent networking, committed to solving the challenges and social issues faced by the automotive industry. The QR code, which is currently widely used globally, was invented and publicly available for free in 1994.
In China, Dianzhuang established its first joint venture production enterprise in Yantai in 1994. As an integrated company in China, Dianzhuang (China) Investment Co., Ltd. was established in 2003 and currently has over 30 affiliated enterprises in China, including production companies, sales companies, and software development companies.
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