I am sharing a collection of articles on energy management systems, case studies and news, mainly focusing on the industrial solutions (production industry, factories). Serving the interests of smart factory, Industry 4.0 and ISO50001. Selecting leading topics based on my experience as a marketeer for energy management software solutions. We are based in Central Europe, if you have any news related to this topic, please feel free to share and comment.
What is energy-management?
The phrase of energy management has always
been something mysterious in the industry sector: it’s surrounded by false
thoughts, leading to severe misunderstandings. So what IS energy management?
give it a twist and take a look at it from the customers’ side. One of the main
goals for the directors/executives of the industrial zone has been for long
time, is to improve profitability by reducing production costs. Partially this
means, signing new contracts which allow purchasing resources at lower costs,
but it also means to raise the efficiency level of the given resource
consumptions. There have been numerous examples, where the factory invested
into new measurement devices, motion sensors, light-switches, however energy
savings were far under the expectations, resulting this investment to be non-cost-effective.
Why did that happen, when the mentioned devices are all designed to help us
save money? Can we call it energy-management process to upgrade the efficiency
of resource usage?
Well, they indeed committed efforts to cut
down internal costs by improving efficiency, however before doing investments
like those; you must first understand how the facilities work. Analysing
consumption patterns, monitoring energy usage at different time of the day,
forecasting expenditures are all fundamental aspects, and vital pre-requisite
of energy management.
It might sound frightening for the first read, but of
course there are several automatized softwares, that will display this
information on attractive user interface after a single mouse-click. As an
example, AVReporter offers and easy-to-use interface, where users selects the
measurement device in a tree, which they wish to query, then chooses the type
of diagram to display the consumption or performance data.
Let’s try to summarize these steps, to see
how the energy management cycle takes place in practice:
First we need to understand,
how our facilities work. Building and consumption monitoring is essential part
of this step, helping us establishing the baseline.
We have to make our plans
according to above research: set up our goals and ways on how we wish to
Committing to the changes,
improvements. This is the more technical part, where strategy-reorganization,
or device improvement/changing processes happen.
Evaluate the results, see if we
were able to achieve the established goals. Find new areas to improve.
Does it mean that once we finished our
evaluation step, the energy management process can be terminated? Of course
not! It’s an ever-lasting cycle, where we constantly look for cost effective
improvements on our system. The monitoring and analyzing process never stops: there
are always areas to improve. Also, if we consistently check our facilities,
devices, we have the opportunity the notice malfunctions almost immediately,
and prevent any cost surplus which it would create over time, or preventing
life-harm effects of the maintenance persons, workers.
Follow our blog, and check out our upcoming
articles about energy management!
The following subject will be explained
- Benefits energy managements systems can
bring to a production factory (specific examples)
- How energy management works in practice
- The list of improvements one can do to achieve
better energy efficiency
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