EERE's New Projects

Development of Energy Efficient Integrated Die Casting Process for Large Thin-Walled Magnesium Applications

Awardee Details

Awardee 
General Motors LLC
State 
Michigan

Funding

DOE Amount 
$2,672,124
Recipient Amount 
$668,031

This project will develop an integrated super-vacuum die casting process using a new magnesium alloy to achieve a 50% energy savings compared to the multi-piece, multi-step, stamping and joining process currently used to manufacture car doors.  By substituting magnesium for steel inner panels, car doors could weigh 60% less, resulting in significant fuel economy improvements and carbon emission savings.