Paving the Way for more energy efficiency – Energy Management Systems

Among the different technologies, we will now concentrate on “Energy Management Systems”. According to the Energy Efficiency Report (see my previous blog entry), these solutions enable the efficiency of industrial plants to be maximized by monitoring their consumption, production and utilization. These systems comprise specific equipment for the measurement of energy consumption or for interface with existing devices connected to centralized data collection, processing and display units. These units display energy performance indicators (EnPIs), signal any faults and generate reports to support of management decisions. Such systems can also send commands to the process in order to optimize its operation.

A so-called EDMS (Energy Data Management System) based on zenon Supervisor and zenon Analyzer offered by COPA-DATA belongs to this category of products. It is interesting to note that the payback period for these systems is under one year. Actually, for some industries, payback comes in just a few months. According to the report, energy management systems in an industrial environment can provide energy cost savings ranging from 3 % to 10 % with cost outlays ranging from € 20,000 to € 150,000, depending on the complexity of the plant.

What turnover can be expected from energy efficiency interventions?

Considering all industrial, residential and service businesses in the mechatronics industry, the report estimates an “anticipated” potential overall annual turnover in the Italian market, from now to 2020, of approximately € 7.4 billion or about 0.4 % of Italy‘s GDP. Looking at energy management systems in the industrial sector alone, potential sales of € 53 million per year have been estimated, as broken down in the figure below.

As a result, these interventions could bring 8.3 MTOE (Million Tonnes of Oil Equivalent) of final energy savings: more than half of the energy efficiency objective set by the National Energy Strategy (March 2013 SEN).

Potential anticipated market in 2020 for macro industrial sectors in Italy, expressed in millions €/year.  Source: Translated an re-drawn based on the Energy Efficiency Report 2013. Energy & Strategy Group. Polytechnic University of Milan.

Potential anticipated market in 2020 for macro industrial sectors in Italy, expressed in millions €/year.
Source: Translated and re-drawn based on the Energy Efficiency Report 2013. Energy & Strategy Group. Polytechnic University of Milan.

Conclusion

The 2013 Energy Efficiency Report presents a situation that is essentially positive. On the one hand, the legislation and government incentives could be improved and expanded, on the other, there are some very interesting prospects for diverse types of interventions that can be implemented right now, such as inverters, electric motors, cogeneration and energy management systems.

There is an important internal market business opportunity in the Italian mechatronics industry with increased competitiveness for manufacturing companies through energy cost reductions. In the end, all of this will bring reductions in atmospheric emissions in compliance with the “20-20-20 Climate and Energy Package” objectives. Let us then seize this opportunity. Let us follow Henry Ford‘s suggestion quoted at the outset and learn something new. We are ready to provide support for your implementation of Energy Data Management Systems (EDMS) using zenon, which is TÜV SÜD certified in compliance with chapter 4.6.1 of the ISO 50001 standard.

The environment and our children will be thankful.

 

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