Companies that make electrical components for cars are in good shape right now, and that includes DENSO manufacturing. At its largest factory in Maryville, Tennessee, the company makes things like alternators, which are useful for regular cars and hybrids. Some of the other things he builds, like inverters, are only good for hybrids and electric vehicles. Its gauge clusters go in just about any type of vehicle.
But having a bright future as a component supplier for manufacturers of electric vehicles was not enough for DENSO. He didn’t just want to provide things for EVs, he wanted to use EVs themselves and make it easier for employees. That’s why DENSO installed electric vehicle charging stations at its facilities earlier this year. DENSO employees equipped with battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles can charge their cars at one of the newly installed charging stations on campus.
Not only do EV ARC solar charging stations provide employees with easy vehicle charging, they generate and store electricity to provide renewable energy. They also compare the amount of carbon saved compared to traditional vehicles with each use. The DENSO team believes in two great causes: ecology – committing to be carbon neutral by 2035 – and peace of mind – improving the safety of everyone in the world.
“The charger deployment helps us support our employees and represents a key part of DENSO’s future vision to help society become greener and safer through innovative technology,” said Mark Moses, vice president of systems. electrification at DENSO. “We achieve this by reducing the environmental impact of our manufacturing operations, the energy we use and the products we make. Beam’s technology contributes to these efforts, providing a sustainable solution that helps protect our local communities and the planet.
DENSO is installing charging stations at its Maryville plant as it prepares to begin manufacturing electrification and security systems there. This transformation of the 2.6 million square foot, 4,500 people location is necessary for DENSO to remain competitive in the automotive industry, where vehicles are increasingly being designed with electric and connected features.
Taking things to the next level with solar
DENSO, Silicon Ranch, the City of Maryville Electric Department and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) broke ground earlier this month on a new solar facility at the DENSO site in Maryville, Tennessee.
The new solar farm is just the beginning of DENSO’s green initiatives in Tennessee. The company plans to bring four more solar generation facilities online in the state, harnessing solar energy to help it achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by 2035. The move will also strengthen DENSO’s involvement in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Plants program and will strengthen broader efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its manufacturing operations and energy consumption.
The Maryville facility, a hub for electrification and manufacturing of DENSO security systems, will run on renewable energy once solar projects are completed and other energy-saving initiatives are in place. This not only supports greater sustainability locally through its operations, but also across North America with its products.
“Our mission is to contribute to a better world, and as part of this, we are committed to reducing CO2 emissions, not only through our products, but also in our operations and processes,” said Shinichi Nakamizo, president of the DENSO factory in Maryville. and Senior Director of DENSO Corporation. “We are grateful to Maryville Electric, Silicon Ranch and TVA for helping us realize our commitment. We also thank our team in Maryville, whose leadership is instrumental in this project and helping to move local communities towards a clean energy future.
DENSO will use a portion of the 10.5 megawatts of solar power produced by the City of Maryville Electric Utility and the Silicon Ranch under TVA’s Generation Flexibility program. The program enables participating local power companies to generate up to 5% of their total energy load from renewable sources, which attracts sustainability-focused businesses, enabling them to achieve their goals while solving challenges of their distribution systems.
“TVA has been bringing renewable energy to the Valley for more than 20 years, and this partnership using TVA’s Greens programs extends the reach of our green renewable solutions to local communities in our region,” said Doug Perry, Vice Senior President, TVA Commercial Energy. Solutions. “With a shared mission in mind, this solar project with Silicon Ranch and others to follow will help us not only achieve our own sustainability goals, but also those of our LPCs and their customers.”
why it matters
DENSO is not just a small automotive supplier in Tennessee. DENSO is one of the world’s leading mobility providers, with operations in 35 countries and more than 167,000 employees. The company develops cutting-edge technology and components for nearly every make and model of vehicle on the road today. With manufacturing at its core, DENSO invests in research and development to create new products that directly change the way the world moves.
These products include electric powertrains, thermal systems, mobility electronics and more. By investing in these areas, DENSO is paving the way for a future of improved mobility that eliminates traffic accidents and preserves the environment. DENSO, a Japanese company with global operations, spent 9% of its global consolidated sales on research and development during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022.
DENSO’s North American headquarters is located in Southfield, Michigan, with a team of more than 27,000 engineers, researchers and skilled workers at 51 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the United States, DENSO has 14 state locations (plus DC) and 41 locations with more than 17,700 employees. The company had $9.5 billion in revenue as of March 31 this year alone.
They might as well have continued to make money and buy power from fossil fuels. When people asked what they were doing for the environment, they might have pointed to hybrid and electric cars containing DENSO parts. For most audiences, that would have been a good enough answer.
Instead, they went the extra mile here and decided to power their entire operation and employee cars with solar energy. This is a very good direction to take, although they could easily have done less.
Featured image courtesy of Silicon Ranch.
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