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.



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

Graduate Team Members

Gary Gao, Master of Engineering Management
Justin Ong, Master of Environmental Management
Jake Reeder, Fuqua School of Business - MBA
Daniel Schaffer, Economics
Vikram Sridhar, Master of Engineering Management
Jingxian Tao, Master of Environmental Management
Jill Wu, Master of Environmental Management
Dan Zhou, Nicholas School - Master of Environmental Management

Undergraduate Team Members

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

Community Team Members

Multiple Contributors, Toyota, Nissan, GM, and other auto manufacturers

* denotes team leader


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