Tuesday, June 26, 2018

How industrial firms can cut their energy consumption

In commercial and industrial buildings, as in the home, monitoring your energy usage is the first step to taking control of your energy bills.

Once you know which systems in your facility use the most energy, it makes it much easier to understand where savings could be made, explains lighting consultant Daisy Energy in a recent article.

However, there are many things that can be done -- with or without an energy audit -- to reduce the energy consumption of your business.

Here are eight top tips:

1. Changing shifts to avoid peak energy costs: If your energy provider offers variable rates, find out when the highest and lowest charges apply and think about adjusting employee shifts and machine operating times to off-peak hours.

Similarly, demand side response incentivises a business to reduce consumption or switch to on-site energy generation resources in response to signals when demand on the grid is at its highest.

2. Daylighting: Using skylights and windows to bring natural light into your building can reduce the need for artificial lighting, and the latest energy efficient windows won't cause heating or cooling issues.

In existing structures, adding windows to the North-facing wall of your building will provide relatively even light, with little glare and almost no unwanted summer heat gain, Daisy Energy says.

3. Lighting controls and energy-efficient lighting: With energy consumption from lighting ranging from 35-75% of a business's total energy usage, using lighting controls such as dimmers, motion sensors, occupancy sensors, photosensors and timers can have a big impact on costs and extend the life of your lighting.

Switching to LED lighting is another sure-fire way to cut energy costs as it uses at least 75% less energy and lasts 25 times longer than incandescent lighting.

4. Building recommissioning: This involves investigating, analysing and optimising the performance of equipment and building systems to ensure they are at optimal operating capacity.

According to Industrial Controls, studies show that this process can lead to reductions of 10-15% in annual energy costs.

5. Reduce the load put on the HVAC system: Make sure air vents are clear of obstructions, and properly seal doors, windows and roofs. A programmable thermostat allows you to program automatic adjustments in temperature in different areas at different times, to ensure no air is being circulated in unoccupied areas. Re-directing waste heat from the factory floor to heat water and warm spaces also decreases the load on the HVAC system and increases energy efficiency.

6. Service compressors and motors to keep everything running efficiently.

7. Turn off equipment not in use.

8. Motivate all employees to take responsibility for energy savings: Invite workers to contribute energy saving ideas; recognise those who reduce their consumption; and educate all employees about new energy-saving equipment, sensors and practices.

To enquire about an industrial energy management software and view some more case studies, click HERE.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Demand response flexibility can cut energy bills by 10%

June 13, 2018

Industrial users can reduce their energy bills by up to 10% by participating in demand response programmes, according to the UK's Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE).

With demand-side response, energy users vary the amount of electricity they use at certain times in response to a signal or incentive from their energy supplier. For example, they can power down certain equipment for a while, use on-site generation and/or battery storage technology, and use more power when supply is plentiful.

Businesses that are able to be flexible in their energy use can benefit from price fluctuations in the energy market and receive payments for reducing how much energy they use at times of peak demand or when the capacity of the grid is constrained for technical reasons.

A joint report from ADE and RenewableUK says that UK industry is not yet taking full advantage of the significant cost and carbon savings available from demand response and flexible grid services.

The report, 'Industrial competitiveness in a low carbon world', sets out a new model of industrial energy use in which industrial firms are able to boost their competitiveness while also helping the UK to achieve its decarbonisation targets through active participation in the energy market.

ADE director Dr Tim Rotheray explained how, despite often being presented as being mutually exclusive, there is clear alignment between decarbonisation and industrial competitiveness.

"New business models reveal the sleeping potential for flexibility embedded in industrial processes which can be harnessed without disruption to core activities. By tapping into this potential and creating a more flexible power system, we can create a win-win situation for industry and deliver cost-effective decarbonisation," he said.

"A more flexible power system creates a stable power grid, which can then accommodate more renewable energy to meet our decarbonisation targets at least cost. The industrial energy users providing flexibility also benefit with lower energy bills and increased competitiveness when operating in a decarbonising global economy."

To read on about software tools to apply, click HERE

Friday, June 1, 2018

Energy efficiency allows firms to tap 'hidden fuel'

May 31, 2018

At a time when the global demand for power is continuing to rise, energy efficiency is comparable to a new source of energy within the global power grid.

In fact, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has described energy efficiency as the world's "hidden fuel" because of the huge energy savings that can be made.

An article for Investing News Network (INN) gives the example of heating systems in two commercial buildings -- one standard and one energy efficient. The building with the energy efficient system can provide the same level of energy at a lower cost, thereby reducing operating costs for the business and increasing net operating income.

A 2009 report from the United Nations found that "the building sector has the largest potential for delivering long-term, significant and cost-effective greenhouse gas emission reductions," while National Resources Canada has stated that energy efficiency, achieved through retrofits and other means, is a "high-volume, low-cost approach to reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions."

One way of improving a building's energy performance is through its windows, INN noted. Properly treated or glazed windows reduce heat gain by reflecting heat energy, and can reduce the amount of air conditioning needed to offset temperature rises.

Bigger projects like replacing a heating system or re-insulating the building are known as deep-energy retrofits.

"Due to their disruptive and cost-intensive nature, deep-energy retrofits are usually triggered by non-energy-related factors, such as a significant change in building occupancy. However, taking the opportunity to replace these components with energy-efficient options can lead to substantial savings," said Paul Ghezzi, chief executive of energy efficiency specialist Kontrol Energy.

Internet of Things (IoT) hardware and energy management software can help firms get a clearer picture across the business and detect areas of high energy consumption.

The technology essentially turns a building into a live system of connected devices reporting information in real time, INN said.

"Through this real-time energy management, building owners and assets managers gain access to deep analytical profiles of how energy is used and also where there are potential for improvements and savings," Ghezzi explained.

Friday, October 21, 2016

What practices can businesses must adopt to boost energy efficiency?

The edie website recently hosted a webinar featuring a leading panel of energy managers and industry experts, to get their thoughts on simplifying energy management.
The key takeaway from the discussion was that energy managers can drive employee engagement with company-wide energy efficiency initiatives, by communicating the positive impact of change and effectively publicizing energy management systems such as ISO 14001.
As one webinar speaker – Oliver Rosevear, energy and environment manager of Costa Coffee – explained, regular communication makes employees feel part of the solution, and understand the outcome of their actions. It's crucial, he says, "that energy managers let employees understand the benefit of the impact they are having." Read more: http://www.konsys-international.com/blog
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Friday, March 7, 2014

Energy efficiency in the GreenHouse office complex with AVReporter

The following case study was created to provide an in-sight of a successful energy management system specifically designed for building complexes.
The „GreenHouse” building complex was completed in the first Q of 2013. The driving force behind the whole process in planning and executing was to achieve a truly energy efficient office building.

The green office building was carefully planned to create ideal workspaces, whilst also considering the micro- and macro environment.
Cutting-edge environmental solutions and green technologies were applied in each and every development phase to minimize the building's environmental footprint, and reduce its energy use alongside with the carbon dioxide emissions. The avoidance of an estimated 1.93 tons of CO2 per year is expected.
The building comprises about 20,000 sq m GBA above ground on 7 levels, providing 17,800 sq m GLA and 252 car parking spaces on 3 underground levels.

The project was managed by SKANSKA, combining the solutions of KONsys’s AVReporter Energy Management Software and some of ABB’s hardware and software. ABB also resides in the office building.
The project has won the LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

LEED is an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings providing building owners and operators with the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings' performance.
The program is designed to inform and guide professionals including architects, real estate professionals, facility managers, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, construction managers, private sector executives and government officials, everybody who is working towards environmental sustainability.
The specific requirements buildings need to fulfil consist of several LEED points. The level of LEED qualification awarded will be according to these. The GreenHouse project has won the Platinum level certification.

Several new technology and knowledge transfer were used, for example intelligent building control systems, solar panels on the roof, environmentally considerate water usage, grey water recycling (i.e., wastewater from non-toilet plumbing systems such as wash water, cooking water and rain water collection used for toilet flushing and watering plants), and innovative heating and cooling solutions.
Data collection also plays a large part of the new LEED version. Collecting data on energy savings, air quality, and building performance are a part of the goals to create long-term sustainability. AVReporter Energy Management Software was used to manage the related tasks.
The following requirements were established:
- The collection of data from various electrical, water and heat meters
- Information to be accessible by web browser interface
- Different access levels with different security settings
- The monitoring of consumption and subscribed-power optimization
- Defining energy consumption per cost allocation places
- To monitor and calculate applied green energy performance
- Provide quick report building web and desktop environments
- Schedule pre-created reports for management site
- Provide dashboard slideshow for Showroom

By using AVReporter Energy Management Software the commercial benefits are also outstanding. When renting the offices the tenants appreciate the green environment, the lower utility costs and the fact they are paying after their actual consumption, as well.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Case Study: Energy Management in TEVA Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Due to the 110 million USD investment the new plant of TEVA in Godollo is one of the biggest and advanced manufacturing sites in the world, with annual production capacity of 160-200 million units of injection products in 6 production lines. With the 15,000 square meters production area and modular building, the new plant is not only one of the biggest sterile pharmaceutical plants but also one of the most flexible ones in the world.
Thanks to the huge production potential and flexibility, the new plant can supply patients in more than 70 countries, mainly in the U.S., Europe and Far East.

For such a factory an up-to-date energy management system was a straightforward requirement.
The system itself was designed for maintenance staff, engineers and the management.

Using a reliable system was highly critical, as the quality and lifespan of stored vaccinations can get damaged easily in case of the slightest unexpected interruptions of the energy supply. The system also performs network quality measurements to EN 50 160 in order to protect expensive R&D equipment and prevent any potential damage.

The expectations of the energy management software were the followings for a Demand Electrical Power environment of: 5 MW:

• The collection of measurement data from electrical power meters, checking power quality- avoiding short service life of equipment Implementation of building/production plant monitoring and maintaining solutions (SMS and/or e-mail alarms, alarms and events logs, keeping track of events and event change)

Define energy consumption and production cost per production unit
Creation of Production KPIs to track and summarize energy performance by manufactured product or production unit.

• Work together and provide building maintenance and monitoring solutions (SMS and/or e-mail alarms, alarms and events logs, keeping track of events and event change, application of automation software)

• The monitoring of consumption and subscribed-power optimization

Calculate and display Cost Allocation by department or process

• Compatible with Energy Performance Certification of Buildings - A policy tool to improve energy efficiency

This particular factory was opened in 2012, in the presence of Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary, Jeremy Levin, Teva's President and CEO and Mihály Kaszás, CEO of Teva Pharmaceutical Works Hungary Ltd.

'This plant is the symbol of the harmony between the most up-to-date technology and the people, the creativity and hard work of our human capital' (M.Kaszas- CEO of Teva Pharmaceutical Works Hungary Ltd)

Energy Management and Monitoring Software

Monday, July 22, 2013

Tendencies in Energy Management

The past few months have been very busy for those, who are actively present in the scene of energy management globally.

Several trade shows are now focusing on providing specific solutions for the markets covering industry, buildings and transportation. Also policy makers are gathering information with the aims of creating practical regulations in order to achieve a sustainable energy future.  Subjects like Energy and Green Growth, Sustainable Cities, Energy Access, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy are hot topics right now for environmental and economic reasons, as well. Both the private and the public sector are keen to research and implement solutions for energy efficiency, accountability and forecast. Tools to execute such projects are laid out within the technology and innovation sectors in the form of Energy Management Systems and Strategies implemented and maintained by skilled professionals.

The Vienna Energy Forum 2013 has provided very valuable information with regards to the subjects above.
Mr. Jigar V. Shah (Executive Director, Institute for Industrial Productivity) has pointed out whilst working towards the goal of doubling energy efficiency the industry sector should also work hard on reducing energy consumption. Doing so by 3.5% per year the target could be achievable by 2030.
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Some countries have already implemented rules and regulations, normally obliging factories over certain energy consumption to join various schemes, whereby their energy management gets under evaluation regularly.

In the United Kingdom large businesses are most likely to be obliged to have an energy audit submitted to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) today. Some businesses in the UK already face mandatory carbon reporting.  Firms with 250 employees or more mow most probably will have to invest in energy efficiency as they will be included in the new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

The new policy has being developed as part of the UK’s implementation of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. Organisations with their annual turnover exceeding EUR 50 million and annual balance sheet is over than EUR 43 million and with fewer than 250 people will also have to take part.
Gareth Stace, Head of Climate and Environment at EEF said: “In the last 20 years, UK manufacturers have reduced their emissions by nearly 40%. As an industry we know the importance of energy efficiency in maintaining the competitiveness of UK manufacturing.
Analysing the needs and demands of both the environmental and economy sectors this tendency is expected to spread widely creating a more measurable and predictable energy future.