Eclipse Carbon Optimisation (ECO) Framework highlights bright machines potential to cut emissions for a more sustainable future


Bright Machines, a developer of intelligent, software-defined manufacturing, has announced its results from the inaugural Eclipse Carbon Optimisation (ECO) Framework.

This new tool assesses the potential of various emerging industrial technologies to reduce annual carbon emissions, as companies and communities alike look to reverse climate change, improve economic resiliency, and accelerate digital transformation.

While there are tools that measure resiliency and efficiency of new technologies, until now, investors and manufacturers have lacked a comparable methodology that could assess sustainability and its future economic potential. “The kinds of in-depth measurements made available via the ECO Framework help communicate the positive impact a new technology can and will have on climate change, while also capturing how much more efficient a disruptive technology is in comparison to existing, incumbent offerings,” said Lior Susan, Co-founder and CEO of Bright Machines. 

“What the report confirms is that Bright Machines Microfactories, when delivered as a flexible and scalable full-stack automation solution, can help modernize one of the world’s biggest industries by enabling manufacturers to localize supply chains, which is both economically and environmentally advantageous over the long run.”  

The ECO Framework is based on CRANE, an open source tool developed by leading climate nonprofit Prime Coalition, to calculate future emissions reduction. In partnership with Rho Impact, a climate advisory firm, Eclipse Ventures applied this methodology to 11 companies in its portfolio to better understand their carbon reduction potential. Together, these companies have the combined potential to reduce annual GHG emissions by approximately 250 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (MMtCO2)—or ~4% of total U.S. emissions—by 2040. That’s the equivalent of removing roughly 100 million internal combustion engine passenger vehicles from the road. 

2022 ECO Report: Bright Machines’ Results

Bright Machines was one of the companies identified as addressing carbon intensity within the manufacturing sector, showcasing that automation allows for far higher yields, reduced transportation requirements due to local production, and less waste.  

Through flexible, software-defined automation, Bright Machines supports companies in their efforts to localize their supply chains, whether through reshoring of overseas manufacturing or building new, energy-efficient factories closer to home. Due to improved yields, higher uptime, and greater reuse of their programmable microfactories, the ECO Framework found that Bright Machines has the potential to reduce intensity by 51% per unit carbon or 5.5 MMtCO2 annually. That’s the equivalent of planting 6.5M trees annually. 

“Too many factories, unfortunately, have not evolved alongside the products they make,” said Susan. “Bright Machines Microfactories are designed to restore and reignite economic and environmental resiliency for our customers through intelligent, automated assembly. The ECO Framework highlights how they can achieve exactly that.”

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