PLM Green Announces Participation of CIMdata and Mark Reisig

The PLM Green Global Alliance (PGGA) enthusiastically announces that CIMdata Executive Consultant Mark Reisig will be participating in our PLM Green initiative with the support of CIMdata, the leading global Product Lifecycle Management strategy consulting and research firm.

PLM Green’s nonprofit-like mission is to educate, advocate, and collaborate across the boundaries of technical disciplines, different industries, and international borders to advance the use of PLM in the transition to a sustainable decarbonized circular economy. As a result, the PGGA’s five core research themes include examining the intersection of PLM with: Sustainability, Green Energy, Circular Economy, Climate Change, and Life Cycle Assessment.

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Akselos Announces New Investment in Digital Twin Simulation

(May 9, 2022)

Akselos – leader in physics-based Digital Twins – today announces a $16.5 million funding round, with participation from AT Capital Group, Future Energy Ventures, Japan Energy Fund and Shell Ventures.

With the latest investment round, Akselos will acquire an investor base to support the company’s ongoing global growth, enabling it to scale both its team and solutions to optimise the energy industry’s existing infrastructure and accelerate large scale deployment of renewable energy. This is a crucial step toward the company’s aim of providing technology to enable the energy transition in line with Akselos’ commitment to the IEA Net Zero 2050 roadmap.

Image Credit of Digital Twin Modelling from Akselos

Akselos’ solution – which is 1,000x faster and 10x more accurate than the industry standard when modelling large scale assets – simulates exact virtual replicas, or predictive and accurate Digital Twins, of energy assets such as offshore wind turbine and their foundations.”

Learn more by reading the full Akselos press release HERE.

The Role of PLM in Slowing Climate Change – Part 1

This new series of posts by Klaus Brettschneider and Richard McFall, contributing members of the PLM Green Global Alliance (PGGA), will explore how Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) can be used to slow climate change by reducing human-generated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions into the atmosphere.

Carbon dioxide and methane are the two most damaging GHG which are commonly reported on as CO2 equivalents, or CO2e, and are measured in billions of tons or gigatons. Carbon continues to build in the atmosphere due to human activities on the ground where it has now surpassed 410 ppm, nearly double that prior to the start of the industrial age. Since CO2 stays in the atmosphere for hundreds of years, a consensus is urgently building among climate scientists, elected officials, and NGOs like the International Energy Agency that the global economy must attain net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. This starts with a very challenging reduction of 50% by 2030, less than ten years away.

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We begin our series by outlining the different roles and use cases that PLM can have in minimizing the carbon footprint – or “decarbonizing” – products, businesses, industries, and even entire economies. But first a brief level set on what PLM is and is not.

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Solutions to Avoid a Climate Disaster – Part 1

International members of the PLM Green Global Alliance (PGGA) met recently to discuss the timely new book “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need.” The panel discussion was moderated by PGGA co-founder Jos Voskuil with participants Klaus Brettschneider, Lionel Grealou, Patrick Hillberg, Ilan Madjar, and Richard McFall.

That author Bill Gates, who admits upfront in the book that he is an imperfect messenger, wrote what many of us often think about the climate crisis:

“It’s easy to feel powerless in the face of a problem as big as climate change. But you’re not powerless. And you don’t have to be a politician or a philanthropist to make a difference. You have influence as a citizen, a consumer, and an employee or employer.”

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Hydrogen Powered Regional Aircraft from ZeroAvia

“Propelling their mission towards delivering airlines zero-carbon, hydrogen-fueled flight, ZeroAvia is launching the development program for a 2MW hydrogen-electric powertrain for full-size regional aircraft. The program kick-off is supported by a new raise of $24.3 million, led by Horizons Ventures, joined by a new investor British Airways. Existing investors Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Ecosystem Integrity Fund, Summa Equity, Shell Ventures, and SYSTEMIQ also participated in the financing.”

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“This new round accelerates the larger hydrogen-electric engine development for the 50+ seat aircraft and supports additional commercial airlines initiatives to adopt hydrogen in aviation. Today’s announcement brings the company’s total private investment to over $53 million and the total funding raised since inception to nearly $74 million.”

Learn more about the use of hydrogen to power aircraft and reduce CO2 emissions at

PLM and Green Energy

Summary & Goals

The goal of the PLM & Green Energy focus theme within the PLM Green Global Alliance, led by Mark Reisig from CIMdata, is to investigate, educate, collaborate, and advocate for the use of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) strategies, technologies, and software solutions to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon green energy economy.

Theme Moderators

Mark Reisig, Sustainability & Green Energy Practice Director and Executive Consultant for CIMdata at

Focus & Objectives

Our primary objective is to share and promote research, examples, and best practices in a collaborative manner that advances awareness and discussion about the value of PLM in innovating, generating, deploying, scaling, distributing, storing, consuming and recycling green energy sources. These sources include but are not limited to wind, solar, hydrogen, thermal, tidal, and nuclear.

Agenda & Activities

We will be pursuing our objectives by an agenda selected from a number of elements including: discussion panels, articles and blog posts, SME interviews, industry surveys, conference presentations, webinar participation, and cooperative events with other organizations. These activities will be developed and prioritized in collaboration with our international members. Follow our progress or better yet join us with an email to

Announcements & Updates

Check back soon as we finalize and announce our activities for 2024, or register HERE to receive our news updates.

Invitation to Participate & Collaborate

To participate in our PLM and Green Energy group, we invite you to first join the PLM Green Global Alliance LinkedIn Group at then contact our moderator Mark Reisig HERE.

References & Resources

Here below we have started creating a curated list of featured case studies, white papers, blog posts, presentations, webinars, and interviews on the role of PLM-enabling technologies in generating, storing, and distributing green energy. We invite you to send us resources and examples you have come across in your own work, company, industry, or country to

Discussing PLM and Sustainability with CIMdata - Last year the PLM Green Global Alliance was excited to speak with PLM solution providers SAP, Autodesk, Dassault Systems, Sustaira, Aras, and PTC to learn about them and their customers' contributions to sustainability. This year we were equally enthused to meet with CIMdata’s Mark Reisig in a wide-ranging conversation about… Continue Reading
Hydrogen Electric Powered Regional Jets - This green aviation example from Aviation Week describes how "proponents of hydrogen-electric propulsion are pushing deeper into short-haul air transportation with deals that could see the conversion of large turboprops and regional jets and the first zero-emissions commercial passenger flights with smaller aircraft as soon as 2024." The article goes… Continue Reading
Battery Modeling from COMSOL - As more products, industries and economies become electrified to meet greenhouse gas emission goals, the performance of batteries and sustainability of their production is becoming increasing important. has published a new white paper on battery modeling using multiphysics simulation software from CAE solution provider COMSOL. The authors write that… Continue Reading
Net Zero by 2050 from IEA - The International Energy Agency has published a new report "Net Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector." The authors write in their introduction that "The number of countries announcing pledges to achieve net-zero emissions over the coming decades continues to grow. But the pledges by governments to… Continue Reading
Hydrogen Powered Regional Aircraft from ZeroAvia - "Propelling their mission towards delivering airlines zero-carbon, hydrogen-fueled flight, ZeroAvia is launching the development program for a 2MW hydrogen-electric powertrain for full-size regional aircraft. The program kick-off is supported by a new raise of $24.3 million, led by Horizons Ventures, joined by a new investor British Airways. Existing investors Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Ecosystem Integrity… Continue Reading
European Green Hydrogen Infrastructure - PLM Green Moderator Bjorn Fidjeland shares good news about a consortium to develop a green energy hydrogen infrastructure in this European news release about: "The seven companies in the GET H2 initiative are working to facilitate green hydrogen in refineries, steel production and other industrial uses, which could reduce 16m… Continue Reading
European Green Digital Coalition Launched - Members of the new European Green Digital Coalition (EGDC) are committing to establish science-based targets for reducing GHG by 2030 and to become climate neutral or net-zero no later than 2040. Announced by the European Commission: "The CEOs of 26 European companies have signed a Declaration to support the Green… Continue Reading
Resourcing the Energy Transition - PLM Green Alliance moderator Bjorn Fidjeland recommends reading the KPMG report on "Resourcing the energy transition: making the world go round" which explores the transition to renewable energy, a growing dependence on natural resources other than oil, and the crucial link to the circular economy. From the KPMG website "A… Continue Reading
Digital Twins for Hydroelectric Power from Akselos - This green energy case study from Akselos profiles the use of Digital Twin modeling and CAE simulation in hydroelectric power generation that uses pumped storage where a reservoir is filled with water at times of excess power availability. Read more details HERE. Continue Reading
Riversimple and Siemens Collaborate on Hydrogen Vehicle Production - Riversimple and Siemens have begun collaborating towards sustainability and circular economy in the auto industry by preparing for the manufacture of Riversimple’s new hydrogen powered electric vehicle, the Rasa.  Read more HERE. Continue Reading
Minesto and TECHNIA Collaborate to Develop Renewable Energy - This green energy example from the PLM solution provider TECHNIA illustrates the application of PLM technologies, like those available from their partner Dassault Systemes, to develop renewable energy from ocean and tidal currents. Read more HERE. Continue Reading
Floating Wind Turbines Buoy Hopes of Expanding Renewable Energy - This Wall Street Journal article Floating Wind Turbines Buoy Hopes of Expanding Renewable Energy looks at offshore wind farms that no longer need to be embedded in the seafloor but can float in deeper waters. Continue Reading
Greenhous Gas Emissions by Sector - The data from Our World in Data is a useful resource about the source of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emissions by sector of the economy, and thus where PLM technologies may have the most value. Continue Reading

PLM Green Themes

Members of our new PLM Green Alliance group have begun collaborating to identify and select overarching PLM Green themes and sub-topics which we plan to research, share, discuss, and advocate. So far the following five themes have been recommended.

The role, contribution, and value of PLM-enabling technologies (e.g. PLM, PDM, CAE, CM, 3DP, CAD, DT, HPC, MBSE, AR/VR, PPM, MDO, MPS, etc.) in addressing:

Theme 1  –  PLM and Sustainability

Theme 2  –  PLM and Circular Economy

Theme 3  –  PLM and Climate Change

Theme 4  –  PLM and Green Energy

Theme 5  –  PLM and Life Cycle Analysis (Coming soon!)

Help us to identify additional themes and select subtopics within each theme by leaving a comment below, sending a note to or joining our LinkedIn Group.

We seek volunteers to help contribute to and curate the collection of resources, and moderate discussions in each of these themes and their subtopics.

Join us to make a difference on what may very well be the most important and valuable contributions of our profession in a lifetime!

PLM Green Global Alliance is Launched

June 2020 (United States, Netherlands, Norway) – The launch of and participation in a new international collaboration, the PLM Green Global Alliance (“PGGA”), has been announced by Richard McFall from PLM Alliances, Jos Voskuil from TacIT, Oleg Shilovitsky from Beyond PLM, and Bjorn Fidjeland from plmPartner.

The coalition was founded with the mission to create a global connection and community between professionals who use, develop, market, or support Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) enabling technologies and software solutions that have value in addressing the causes and consequences of climate change due to human-generated greenhouse gas emissions such that we create a more sustainable circular economy.

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