Daimler Truck Uses Siemens Simulation To Reduce Emissions

The following example on the use of CFD simulation within the transportation industry is from a recent announcement by Siemens Digital Industries Software.

“Siemens Digital Industries Software today announced that Daimler Truck has adopted Siemens’ Simcenter™ STAR-CCM+™ software to develop next-generation, CO2-neutral vehicles. Simcenter, part of Siemens’ Xcelerator portfolio, will provide Daimler Truck with the leading-edge computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solution it needs to transform its CAE development process to a full digital twin-driven multiphysics environment.

Image courtesy of Siemens Digital Industries Software and Daimler Truck

Daimler Truck plans to use Simcenter to improve aerodynamic performance, as well as explore and optimize innovative e-mobility propulsion and energy management systems including battery cooling and hydrogen technology. The software will also help support legacy combustion engine and exhaust system design and associated CO2 reduction.”

Learn more by reading the complete press release HERE.

Discussing Sustainability with PLM Solution Provider Dassault Systèmes

The PLM Green Global Alliance recently hosted its third panel discussion to explore how PLM-enabling technologies are supporting the sustainability imperative. These interviews expand upon our earlier article on the Intersection of PLM and Sustainability by examining the progress in sustainability being made by PLM solution providers, their partners and customers.

This time PLM Green co-founders Jos Voskuil and Klaus Brettschneider met virtually with executives from Dassault Systèmes (3DS), considered by many to be the market leader in enterprise PLM. Their discussion was with Florence Verzelen, Executive Vice President of Industry Marketing and Sustainability and Xavier Adam, Senior Manager of Worldwide Sustainability.

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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.

Building Green Configuration Into Manufacturing Processes

(April, 2022) Johan Salenstedt, CEO at configuration lifecycle management solutions Configit, explores the benefits of green configuration in manufacturing in this article and interview published on Manufacturing Digital Magazine.

“Concerns around climate change and environmental protection have given rise to the concept of “green configuration,” wherein a configurator can show the user the environmental consequences of a configuration choice.  With this, a company can offer options that best suit the sustainability goals of the customer. It’s more about the transparency with which companies are “guiding” their customers to fully understand the environmental consequences of their specific configuration.”

Read the full article at https://manufacturingdigital.com/procurement-and-supply-chain/building-green-configuration-into-manufacturing-processes.

 

Ansys Enables Complex Safety Design for Vestas Wind Turbine

PITTSBURGH, PA, March 22, 2022 – Long-term Ansys customer Vestas extended its use of Ansys (NASDAQ: ANSS) simulation across its entire product chain to help it create safer wind turbine control solutions. Ansys solutions enabled a more complex wind turbine control system design that delivers additional value and numerous competitive advantages to Vestas customers in the race to net zero.

Image courtesy of ANSYS and Vestas

Wind turbine controllers are responsible for optimizing power performance and preventing component damage across the range of wind conditions. Instead of relying on third-party programmable logic controllers (PLCs), Vestas wanted to integrate more safety capabilities into a unique system design, with the flexibility to execute safety functions in more distributed, complex ways. To be successful, the Vestas team needed to address complex sensor fusion (merging data from multiple sensors) and create control algorithms requiring more system power.

Learn how ANSYS helped Vestas y reading the full press release at https://www.ansys.com/news-center/press-releases/3-22-22-ansys-enables-complex-safety-design-for-vestas-wind-turbine-controllers-in-the-race-to-net-zero.

Discussing Sustainability with Autodesk

The PLM Green Global Alliance recently hosted its second panel discussion exploring sustainability topics with PLM-enabling technology and solution software providers. These forums expand upon our recent article on the Intersection of PLM and Sustainability by examining the progress in sustainability being made by solution providers, their partners, and customers.

This time, PLM Green co-founders Jos Voskuil and Klaus Brettschneider spoke with representatives from Autodesk, a well known leader of software solutions for the Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Manufacturing industries. Their interview was with Zoé Bezpalko, Autodesk’s Sustainability Strategy Manager for Design & Manufacturing Industries, and Jon den Hartog, Product Manager for Autodesk’s PDM and PLM solutions.

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Dassault Systèmes Introduces Life Cycle Assessment Solution

VELIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France — February 24, 2022 — Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: FR0014003TT8, DSY.PA) today announced the launch of “Sustainable Innovation Intelligence,” its life cycle assessment solution that enables companies to minimize the environmental impacts of the products, materials and processes they create and help drive the circular economy. Fully embedded in Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform and covering the entire value chain, the cloud-based solution uniquely integrates the ecoinvent database on the impacts of more than 18,000 industrial and agricultural processes, into virtual design, product development, manufacturing engineering, operations and logistics.

Image courtesy of Dassault Systèmes at https://www.3ds.com/newsroom/

“Collectively building a sustainable economy requires transforming the sustainable innovation process, from extracting raw materials to usage, reuse and recycling,” said Florence Verzelen, Executive Vice President, Industry, Marketing and Sustainability, Dassault Systèmes.  “Whether in manufacturing, infrastructure and cities or life sciences, data science experiences that combine LCA capabilities with virtual twin technology offer companies new ways to innovate by understanding how their decisions affect natural resources, ecosystems and health.  Through our 3DEXPERIENCE platform, we aim to help companies contribute to the United Nations’ ‘Decade of Action’ and thrive while doing so.”

Many businesses are working to reduce emissions in line with climate science and are aiming to develop more circular business models by 2030 by redesigning their product lines and manufacturing systems. However, most business solutions on the market today are still focused on measuring the footprint of yesterday’s economy, retroactively. To drive disruptive sustainable innovation, companies need to integrate ecodesign principles in the upstream thinking about their future products and processes before there is any environmental impact in the real world. Virtual universes provide this opportunity.

By combining LCA data with virtual twin technology, “Sustainable Innovation Intelligence” will empower LCA specialists, industrial designers, product engineers and manufacturing engineers to create circular life cycles by setting up sustainability requirements early on and collaboratively driving them throughout the design, product development and manufacturing engineering phases.  It integrates supply of materials, design, manufacturing, operations, logistics, sales, marketing, and end-of-life management, providing real-time insights that allow teams to identify problems or improvements virtually before acting on them, and ensure traceability and reliability.

“Sustainable Innovation Intelligence” relies on the life cycle inventory database of the not-for-profit ecoinvent Association, whose datasets measure and provide information on the natural resources withdrawn from the environment, the pollution released into water and soil, the emissions released into air, the products demanded from other processes, and the products, co-products and waste produced in diverse sectors on global and regional levels.

“Our partnership with Dassault Systèmes is the first one with a software company in which our database is used at the very beginning of the product and manufacturing engineering processes for sustainability assessments,” said Emilia Moreno Ruiz, Interim Director, ecoinvent Association. “LCA brings the metrics needed to evaluate environmental impacts across the product lifecycle.  Integrating that with virtual twin technology opens new possibilities to address these impacts early on.”

Read the original press release HERE.

Hydrogen Electric Aviation from ZeroAvia

ZeroAvia is a leader in zero-emission aviation, focused on hydrogen-electric aviation solutions to address a variety of markets, initially targeting 500-mile range in 10–20 seat aircraft used for commercial passenger transport, cargo, agriculture, and more. Based in the UK and USA, ZeroAvia has already secured experimental certificates for its two prototype aircraft from the CAA and FAA, passed significant flight test milestones, and is on track for commercial operations in 2024. The company’s expanding UK operations are supported by grants from UK’s Aerospace Technology Institute and Innovate UK, and ZeroAvia is part of the UK Government’s Jet Zero Council.”  from  https://www.zeroavia.com/about-us.

Image from and courtesy of ZeroAvia at https://www.zeroavia.com/united-airlines

“As the company moves closer to commercialization of its hydrogen-electric technology, ZeroAvia has secured a new raise of $35 million to help develop its 2–5MW zero-emission powertrain system for regional aviation. As announced today, United Airlines has invested in ZeroAvia through this round, and our agreement with United anticipates an order for 50 ZA2000-RJ engines, with an option for 50 more. United joins an already announced new investor, Alaska Air Group, in this round, alongside existing investors Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund, AP Ventures, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Horizons Ventures, Summa Equity, and Shell Ventures. This brings the company’s total investment to date up to $115 million.” from https://www.zeroavia.com/united-airlines.

View the full original press release HERE.

Discussing Sustainability with PLM Solution Provider SAP

The PLM Green Global Alliance recently hosted its first in a series of panel discussions and interviews that will explore sustainability topics with enterprise PLM solution providers. These forums will extend our recent article on the Intersection of PLM and Sustainability where we next hope to learn about examples of progress in sustainability being made by solution providers, their partners and customers.

Our inaugural interview was with Darren West, Product Manager Lead for SAP’s Circular Economy Solutions, who is based in the United Kingdom. We were excited to speak with SAP after reading their numerous recent announcements about the importance of sustainability and hear how they “walk the talk.”

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Digital Twins Enable Sustainability from Addnode Group

The Addnode Group of European companies has keen focus on the use of PLM-enabling technologies, like Digital Twins, to address the challenge of sustainability. They reference numerous examples in a new report that explores the role of Digital Twins in sustainability.

In the report, the authors write:

“Digital Twins are gaining recognition and popularity as a solution for digitally representing a product, building or even a human being. This is enabling new
opportunities to improve performance, operations, productivity, or quality of life.

Digital Twin strategy to drive sustainability programs can be profoundly effective. Digital Twins offer significant benefits when planning, implementing, and realizing:

  • Reduced energy consumption
  • Reduced material consumption and the switch to more sustainable materials
  • Workforce activity optimization – travel, server usage, etc.
  • Automation and robotization of hazardous and/ or repetitive tasks to improve working conditions and health.

Furthermore, Digital Twins provide several advantages in the recycling of a product based on a comprehensive and digital description, allowing for strong traceability and the efficient and controlled dismantling and recycling of material.”

Learn more about their pioneering work HERE where you may download their Digital Twins Report

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 on to report that “Startup ZeroAvia has announced an agreement with Alaska Air Group to develop a hydrogen-electric powertrain for the 76-seat De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400. Another with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ RJ Aviation (MHIRJ) division will evaluate conversion of the Bombardier-built CRJ regional jet family.”

ZeroAvia CEO Val Miftakhov is quoted saying “We believe that in the future almost every aircraft in the world will be powered by hydrogen-electric engines, simply because it is the most viable and scalable method for eliminating carbon and also to cut other harmful emissions from the aviation sector.”

Read more HERE.

GHGSat Methane Emissions Monitoring

A new generation of orbiting satellites is producing remote sensing data to help visualize and identify sources of Greenhouse Emissions emissions, like those from methane. This example image from a recent BBC article is produced by GHGSat’s Pulse interactive mapping solution

Methane is a more powerful GHG, compared to carbon dioxide, whose composition in the atmosphere is also growing at an alarming rate.

Designing for Sustainability with CAE Simulation from NAFEMS

This timely article in NAFEMS Benchmark, authored by MSC Software Vice President Keith Hanna, explores the role of CAE simulation in the conceptualization, design, prototyping, operational use, and recycling of greener products that contribute to a more sustainable economy and planet.

Specific examples of the use of simulation referenced in the article include:

  • Designing new renewable energy projects (wind, wave, tidal, solar…)
  • Delivering smart, energy efficient buildings and built environment landscapes
  • Enabling optimal 3d printing for lightweighting of transportation vehicles
  • Designing and manufacturing of next generation eMobility solutions
  • Acoustic pollution abatement in urban and transport environments
  • Minimizing product waste at conceptual ideation and in manufacturing processes
  • Understanding materials inside products & their full sustainability impact including ‘reduce, re-use & recycle’ impacts, and
  • Ensuring legislative environmental compliance at the conceptual design stage.

Read and learn more about these examples at https://www.nafems.org/blog/posts/designing-for-sustainability-with-cae-simulation/.

Carbon Capture From Climeworks and Accenture

Climeworks https://climeworks.com/ and Accenture http://www.accenture.com/ are collaborating to use new digital technologies to develop a carbon direct air capture and storage plant in Iceland. The carbon removed from the atmosphere will be sequestered underground where in two years it will turn to stone.

This can certainly help as one component of a larger decarbonization strategy, but how big can carbon capture and storage facilities scale when we are putting 50 billion tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year? As example, it would take 10 million of this size plant that captures 4,000 tons of CO2 per year, to do the job. Read more HERE to understand the role of this technology in decarbonizing the economy to meet the 2050 net-zero GHG emissions.

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. Engineering.com has published a new white paper on battery modeling using multiphysics simulation software from CAE solution provider COMSOL.

The authors write that “Modeling and simulation are crucial for understanding the factors that determine a good battery cell design for a specific application, from the electrodes, electrolyte, separator, and current collectors in a battery cell to processes at the molecular, microscopic, battery module, and battery stack scales. Learn about the chemistries, physics, and design variables that need to be considered in battery design.”

Learn more about the CAE analysis of battery performance by downloading the white paper HERE.

Sustainable Aviation Requirements from ADSE

Aviation is reported to be responsible for up to 2% of all human-generated CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. Reducing emissions from regional aircraft is especially important because they spend more of their flight time during short legs in less-efficient ascending power. As part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 program, the engineering consulting firm ADSE has published “Aircraft Requirements for Sustainable Regional Aviation’ in collaboration with Embraer and the University of Stuttgart.

In this recent news post from ADSE the authors wrote: “The full report presents the top-level requirements for a hybrid-electric regional aircraft for up to 50 passengers. It addresses environment, market, operations, performance and regulations. In addition, different reference missions are defined to check whether these requirements are fulfilled. It paves the runway towards more sustainable aviation within two decades.”

Read more and download the report directly from ADSE HERE.

Product Lifecycle Management in Support of Green Manufacturing

The technical paper “Product Lifecycle Management in Support of Green Manufacturing: Addressing the Challenges of Global Climate Change” is one of the earliest publications on the intersection of PLM and climate change. It was first published in the International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management.

The authors Ligia-Varinia Barreto, Hannah Anderson, Alyssa Anglin and Cynthia Tomovic from Purdue University write in the abstract that “The focus of this paper is to investigate why companies practice green manufacturing and how PLM supports environmentally friendly initiatives. The investigated companies are taken from the Global Round Table on Climate Change. In particular, this paper examines how PLM drives green manufacturing to improve environmental performance while meeting financial and long-term sustainability. Mechanisms to increase energy efficiency, de-carbonization, reduction of harmful emissions, and better land management practices such as reducing landfill waste will be studied. This paper also includes a review of interviews and examples from previous studies.”

The researchers examined the use of green manufacturing principles within six companies (Bayer, Dow Chemical, DuPont, FLP, General Electric, and Toyota) to reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances throughout a product’s lifecycle. The elements investigated included: recycling and disposal, energy consumption, water and air management, products and processes, and regulations and policies.

They concluded that “Environmental changes and the implementation of green manufacturing require a company to change its entire processes; from product planning and procurement policies to production and logistics [1]. The PLM model, as described by [12] includes five major categories (plan, design, build, support and dispose) centered by an information core as shown in figure 1. PLM is about product data, information and knowledge combined with people, processes, and technology. PLM can benefit a company practicing green manufacturing.”

Download and read the complete paper HERE.

Six Ways to Monitor Environmental Footprint from XLM Solutions

In this post the author and PLM Green Global Alliance contributor Ilan Madjar from XLM Solutions writes: “Today, the topic of climate change and environmental awareness is at the forefront of society’s thoughts and actions as well as affecting governmental policies. Every day there is growing awareness of the problems caused by pollution and greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions. The US Government has recently placed new bills before congress geared at funding climate change initiatives and sustainable innovation companies. Such companies can be both new businesses / startups as well as those looking to re-engineer their existing processes to be more environmentally friendly and less polluting (not an easy task by itself). These companies are looking for tools to maintain sustainable innovation. Some of you may have seen the recent videos by Dassault Systèmes explaining their vision and plans to contribute to this environmental-minded transformation.”

“Dassault is providing solutions to track negative environmental footprints, although this is still in the development phases in some respects. This short article will focus on six easy tools/solutions geared to engineering and manufacturing which can be implemented today in 3DEXPERIENCE to improve environmental awareness.”

Learn more about this example of sustainability monitoring tools from a leading PLM solution provider HERE.

Digital Sustainability: The Path to Net Zero from Autodesk

The whitepaper “Digital Sustainability: The Path to Net Zero for Design & Manufacturing and Architectural Engineering & Construction Industries” explores the growing importance of sustainability goals for companies in AEC and MFG markets across Europe. Frost & Sullivan in partnership with Autodesk published this whitepaper with results of a quantitative survey of 600 organizations and summaries of in-depth qualitative interviews.

The whitepaper points out how important it is to consider the carbon footprint already “baked in” during the development and design phase of products to facilitate a successful carbon reduction and a circular economy once it is actually produced. In several examples it describes how system thinking, connecting the dots, and looking at products and processes holistically will help reach new levels of sustainability. It addresses Product Lifecycle Management approaches like the usage of BIM or the realization of digital twins to support transparency across the supply chain. Other examples are focused on the usage of new technologies like robotics and 3D to achieve sustainability goals.

The survey results document that the importance of sustainability goals has increased at the C-level and that they are becoming more relevant company strategies Several reasons for this development are discussed as well as the regional nuances in different geo markets. The survey emphasizes the shift of focus from Scope 1 and 2 emission reporting to the reduction on Scope 3 emission that includes the supply chain challenge. The lack of trustworthy data, IT systems to collect and manage them, and the tracing transparency like Product Passports or track-and-trace solutions are only few of the analyzed issues.

Read more by downloading the paper from Autodesk HERE.

Design for Sustainability from MSC

Hexagon MSC Software addresses the use of CAE software in the Design for Sustainability – “Manufacturing processes today span everything from aerospace to automotive, chemical processing to oil & gas, and electronics to shipbuilding. Yet, all these contribute to CO2 emissions and environmental pollution as well as intensive use of our world’s precious materials, water and energy natural resources.”

“CAE today is proven to reduce waste at the conceptual design stage; reducing physical prototyping, minimizing acoustic pollution, delivering right-first-time customized and lightweight solutions, ensuring energy efficient buildings, optimizing materials usage and fueling the renewables revolution. CAE delivers manufacturing cost savings, productivity improvements, and ultimately quality products designed with the intent to meet all environmental challenges today from your conceptual idea to your product’s full lifecycle in the circular economy. At Hexagon | MSC Software we help companies accelerate green technologies and deliver renewable solutions to drive the shift toward a sustainable future.”

Learn more at https://www.mscsoftware.com/sustainability.