Too good to be true? Not really: a word to the captains of industry

The global economy is picking up. Europe is expected to grow at the fastest pace in a decade. Usually that means some breathing space in many companies to review long-term competitiveness. And energy efficiency is a great driver to improve competitiveness, not only by reducing costs...

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Digital Transformation of Energy Utilities – Shifting Gears?

Since 2014, utilities have been increasing their investment in digital infrastructure. This is the key finding of the IEA report “energy and digitalization” which was published in November 2017. This report provides a detailed overview on how digitalization changes energy consumption...

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Farewell to Traditional Compressor-Based Refrigeration?

A Stirling cooling system uses 60% less energy on average than a cascade refrigeration system - The challenge: Can this technology replace compressor-based refrigeration systems for commercial applications and should utility energy efficiency programs move in this direction? ...

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Increasing the flow of investment into energy efficiency in industry

The reality is that most of the time the investor is the CFO, in fact even if projects are externally financed the CFO will always be a key decision maker.  CFOs have exactly the same issues around energy efficiency that external investors have.

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Business Practices

10 Facts about Energy Management

About 11% of all EU energy consumption can be economised cost-effectively through the adoption of more effective energy management. Energy management is a structured process through which organisations seek to optimise their energy use, by reducing energy waste, increasing energy-efficiency and increasing the share of renewable energy. Energy management standards, such as EN ISO 50001, offer a comprehensive approach to address the various behavioural, technological and regulatory requirements....

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Hydraulic system - energy efficiency optimization

This paper describes the 4 step approach of KSB to optimize the energy efficiency of a hydraulic system. While focussing on the entire life-cycle, the aim is to lower operating costs. The approach starts with a system analysis to detect optimization potential and ends with usage of smart pump technology and services during operation - see also paper on industry 4.0 and smart pump technology. It contains links to details of each step of the process....

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Too good to be true? Not really: a word to the captains of industry

Energy Efficiency

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19 February 2018

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Rod Janssen

The global economy is picking up. Europe is expected to grow at the fastest pace in a decade. Usually that means some breathing space in many companies to review long-term competitiveness. And energy efficiency is a great driver to improve competitiveness, not only by reducing costs but also by all its associated non-energy benefits. But - investment in energy efficient technologies is occurring at a lower rate than what you would expect. Indeed, there are still some barriers. Non-standardised processes are a major one. But solutions exist now.

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Digital Transformation of Energy Utilities – Shifting Gears?

Energy Efficiency

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14 February 2018

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Dr Marius Buchmann

Since 2014, utilities have been increasing their investment in digital infrastructure. This is the key finding of the IEA report “energy and digitalization” which was published in November 2017. This report provides a detailed overview on how digitalization changes energy consumption in transportation, the industry and the residential sector. To us, the most interesting part of the report is the one focusing on the utilities’ investment in digital infrastructure.

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Farewell to Traditional Compressor-Based Refrigeration?

Energy Efficiency

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05 February 2018

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Jürgen Ritzek

A Stirling cooling system uses 60% less energy on average than a cascade refrigeration system - The challenge: Can this technology replace compressor-based refrigeration systems for commercial applications and should utility energy efficiency programs move in this direction?

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