To many outside observers, the notions of industrial manufacturing and renewable energy are mutually exclusive. But times are changing. Fast.
This is not just about reducing carbon footprints, though that's definitely part of it. For many in the space, renewables offer more diverse and affordable ways to satisfy their appetite for power while also accomplishing sustainability goals. For these companies, it's an upgrade from the local power utility in terms of economics, quality of power and reliability.
There's water, too. Water usage in manufacturing facilities is becoming more about reuse. Not all cooling water, for example, need to potable. Plus, the greater control and agility of Industry 4.0 technologies like data analytics. IoT sensing, and AI machine learning are causing a seismic shift in supply chain management.
Whether it's shifting to solar or piping in recycled water, Black & Veatch simplifies complex decision making, implementing solutions that result in more efficient and sustainable manufacturing facilities.