Sustainable, stable power supply for tomorrow’s electric mobility.

BMW:Sustainable, stable power supply for tomorrow’s electric mobility.

Dingolfing / Landshut. The energy control stations at
BMW Group Plants Dingolfing and Landshut are stepping up their
activities in the balancing-power market: Together with other
highly-flexible controllable systems in the BMW Group production
network, they will contribute to the stability of the public grid
outside of the plant. By participating in the balancing-power market,
the BMW Group is implementing an innovative business model, enabling
integration of renewable energies into the electricity mix and
fulfilling important requirements for the electric mobility of
tomorrow. Once again, the BMW Group is demonstrating its holistic view
of premium electro-mobility and its belief in a sustainability that
extends far beyond electrified vehicles.

Balancing energy as a safety net

Balancing energy serves as a versatile energy reserve that can be
used to even out fluctuations in the grid. This is necessary because
power generation from renewable energies depends on availability of
sun and wind and can therefore only be controlled to a limited extent.
For this reason, network operators utilise so-called balancing power
to ensure that the power grid remains stable, despite increasing
integration of renewable energies. This applies when there is a
surplus of electricity – for example, of wind power during stormy
weather – but also when there is a surge in demand among electricity
consumers in the network. If the target grid frequency drops below
50Hz, transmission system operators provide balancing energy to offset
this – on an ongoing basis, virtually in real time.

Stable grids for future electric mobility

As mobility becomes increasingly electric, the energy and mobility
sectors will grow closer together. This is clear, for example, from
the BMW Group’s marketing of balancing power. “With this business
model, we can help stabilise the grid and expand the use of
sustainably-generated electricity,” says Dr. Joachim Kolling, head of
BMW Energy Services. “Through intelligent connectivity and management
of electricity producers, consumers and storage options, we are
helping shape the energy grid of the future. The flexibility we
provide paves the way for the CO2-free electric mobility of tomorrow,”
adds Kolling.

Building a virtual power plant

The facilities in Dingolfing and Landshut are part of the BMW Group’s
network of different energy systems at various sites. With intelligent
management, these highly-flexible systems can absorb energy as needed
or release it into the grid. “You have to imagine it as a virtual
Group power plant providing us with additional flexibility. We refer
to it as the BMW power pool,” says Dr. Joachim Kolling. In addition to
flexible energy generators, such as the combined heat and power (CHP)
plant in Dingolfing, energy consumers can also be integrated into the
BMW power pool. The same now applies to the ventilation systems at BMW
Group Plant Landshut, for example. Using the only process of its kind
in the industry, ventilation can be flexibly adjusted without any
adverse effects. The BMW Battery Storage Farm at the Leipzig plant,
which has been on-stream since October 2017, with up to 700 BMW i3
batteries, is also part of the BMW power pool.

Future flexibility also through electric vehicles

As advancing electromobility brings new technical innovations,
electrified vehicles will no longer just be consumers of electricity,
but will also be able to feed power back into the grid, as needed. Dr.
Joachim Kolling explains: “Think of our electrified vehicles as mobile
power storage units. Not only will the stationary installations at our
plants soon be networked to keep the grid stable, but so will our
vehicles – with the consent of our customers, of course.” With this
holistic approach to electromobility, the BMW Group is making a major
contribution to the emission-free mobility of the future.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Birgit Hiller

BMW Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs

Head of Communications Dingolfing, Landshut


+49 8731 76


Bernd Eckstein

BMW Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs

+49 871 702

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BMW Energy Services

BMW Energy Services views itself as an enabler for the BMW Group’s
electromobility strategy. It develops customer-centric business models
based on intelligent connectivity between energy consumers, producers
and storage systems resting upon the BMW Energy Cloud. These business
models enable customers to reduce their energy costs – for example,
through peak load optimisation, or improve their CO2 footprint – for
example, through better utilisation of electricity from renewable
energies or electromobility.



BMW Group Plant Dingolfing.

Plant Dingolfing is one of the BMW Group’s 30 global production
sites. At Plant 02.40, about 1,600 cars of the BMW 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
Series roll off the assembly lines every day. In total, the plant
manufactured more than 376,000 cars in 2017. At present, a total of
approx. 18,000 people and 800 apprentices work at the BMW Group’s site
in Dingolfing.

In addition to the automotive core production, BMW Group Plant
Dingolfing is also home to production facilities for vehicle
components such as pressed parts, seats as well as chassis and drive
components. Due to the plant’s aluminum expertise in vehicle
construction and longstanding experience in producing alternative
drives, BMW Group Plant Dingolfing furthermore provides crucial
components for the BMW i models – such as high-voltage battery,
e-transmission and the drive structure – to the production site in
Leipzig. In addition, Dingolfing produces both high voltage batteries
and electric engines for the BMW Group’s plug-in hybrid models.

The car bodies for all Rolls-Royce models are also manufactured at
the site. The Dynamics Center, a large storage and transshipment
facility, provides the global BMW and MINI dealership organization
with original parts and equipment.

The BMW Group Plant Landshut


The Landshut plant is one of 31 BMW Group production locations
worldwide. 4,300 employees produce innovative components for all BMW
Group vehicles, such as engine and drivetrain components made from
light metal casting, plastic exterior parts, Carbon Fiber Reinforced
Plastic (CFRP) body components, cockpit and equipment parts, electric
drivetrains, special engines and driveshafts. These components are
being delivered to all automobile and engine plants of the BMW Group
production network. In every BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce there is a
piece of innovative strength made in Landshut.

As a competence center for future technologies like lightweight
construction and electromobility, the BMW Group Plant Landshut plays
an important role during the development of new models. In addition,
the plant is a supplier for key components of the BMW i models and the
BMW 7 Series. The BMW Group Plant Landshut is also home to the BMW
Group Lightweight Design and Engineering Center. At this automotive
think tank, specialists from different divisions are working together
to develop innovative, mixed-material concepts and production
procedures for future vehicle generations.

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