Increased efficiency for SME’s

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can apply alternative methods of improving energy efficiency, e. g. such as performing an energy audit according to DIN EN 16247, rather than needing a full-fledged certified energy management system according to ISO 50001. The aim of these audits is to capture the current energetic state – based on a detailed analysis of the company – and thus to derive possibilities and measures for increased energy efficiency and energy savings.

This approach includes:

  • Breakdown of energy demand in terms of sources as well as in terms
    of processes and usages etc.
  • Illustration of energy flows and balances for the site
  • Representation of the pattern of energy demand profiles
  • Consideration of outside influences (e. g. weather)
  • Generate energy performance indicators (EnPI)

And specifically in regard to production:

  • Evaluation of actual energy demand for the utilities (such as steam, compressed air, refrigeration) and the manufacturing process
  • Review the sizing and the usage of the equipment and machinery (production and utilities)
  • Assessment of the optimal energy and utility demand for the manufacturing process
  • Breakdown of energy demand in terms of sources as well as processes and utilities etc.
  • Analysis of base load

This comprehensive picture of the company makes it possible to develop measures for energy efficiency and energy savings. These will be assessed with regard to financial savings, required investments, return on investment (payback period etc.) and other benefits. This includes comparing alternatives and evaluating technical interactions between measures under consideration. In addition to technology-related opportunities, organisational measures (e. g. training and employee awareness) will be developed.

 

 
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