Energy Efficiency in Industry: Motor Vehicle Manufacturing (2013-2014)

How energy efficient is the automotive industry?

A coalition of motor vehicle manufacturers, led by Toyota, Nissan and GM, commissioned a study to benchmark the energy consumption of automotive manufacturing at the plant and process-level to create a model of energy use that will, after review by the industry, be submitted to the EPA for use by EPA Energy Star. Three groups of this project teams worked directly with the three sponsoring companies, using confidential plant and process level data to conduct data validation; perform a "deeper dive" into the process level data; develop predictive analytics using company and plant specific data; and analyze other energy efficiency/management issues that the team members will identify in collaboration with their partner company.  Team members also visited an assembly plant and developed a company-specific case study.

Timing

2013-2014

This Team in the News

Bass Connections Goes to Detroit

Duke Bass Connections in Detroit

GM Industrial Energy Efficiency Team Visits the Orion Plant in Detroit

Fall Semester Overview of the Nissan Team Project on Industrial Energy Efficiency

Fall Semester Overview of the GM Team Project on Industrial Energy Efficiency

Fall Semester Overview of the Toyota Team Project on Industrial Energy Efficiency in Automotive Manufacturing

See related team, Energy Efficiency in Industry: Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (2014-2015).

Faculty/Staff Team Members

Gale Boyd, Social Science Research Institute*
Josiah Knight, Pratt School - Mechanical Engineering & Material Sciences*

Graduate Team Members

Gary Gao, Master of Engineering Mgmt-MEG
Justin Ong, Master of Environmental Management, Energy and Environment
Jake Reeder, Business Administration-MBA
Daniel Schaffer, Economics-PHD
Vikram Sridhar, Master of Engineering Mgmt-MEG
Jingxian Tao, Master of Environmental Management, Energy and Environment
Jill Wu, Master of Environmental Management, Energy and Environment
Dan Zhou, Master of Environmental Management, Environmental Economics/Policy

Undergraduate Team Members

Zhaochu Chen, Economics (AB)
Robert Collins, Mechanical Engineering (BSE)
Robinson Ford, Mechanical Engineering (BSE)
Joshua Laveman, Environmental Sciences (BS)
Kunyao Yu, Mechanical Engineering (BSE)
Rica Zhang

Community Team Members

Toyota, Nissan, GM, and other auto manufacturers

* denotes team leader

Status

Completed, Archived