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Measures, Technologies and Good Practices

Do you want to know how much different measures and technological solutions would cost and how much money and resources they can save for your business? This database offers such data in a concise and comprehensive format.

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Restructuring work to keep a slaughterhouse afloat

When design, business, engineering and the environment all come together A tenancy change presents an opportunity to retrofit a slaughterhouse, making it more efficient and safer Measures generate...
Good practice

Changing from EFF2 to IE3 motors

Better motors, better company, better environment A campaign to replace inefficient motors yields environmental and cost savings Reduced annual energy consumption of 227 040 kWh results in cost...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.8 Year(s)
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New motors save money

Motoring along more efficiently than ever One-off investment of € 2 000 in more efficient and controllable motors yields results Annual cost savings on energy come to around € 800, equivalent to a 1....
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 2.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Optimisation was the key to saving energy at Manuplast

Timing is everything! Optimising heating process, repaired leaks and energy-efficient motors cut 41 tonnes of CO2 annually Annual saving of € 5 000 In 2007, Manuplast carried out a complete energy...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 Year(s)
Measure

Heat recovery

Heat recovery can help to reduce overall energy consumption on-site while reducing total running costs in the bargain. Recovered heat can help you reduce energy consumption or provide useful heat for...
Good practice

Compressed-air system saves electricity in a German brewery

Very refreshing results! Compressed-air system cuts compressed air consumption by 16 % in three years 300 tonnes less CO2 emissions annually Net annual savings of 775 000 kWh electricity Brauerei...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 45-50% 1 - 1.2 Year(s)
Technology

High-efficient motors

A high-efficiency motor (HEM) is an electric motor than performs above mandatory minimum. New materials, better design, and better manufacturing have led to major improvements in motor efficiency...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 9.9 Year(s)
Technology

Motor power optimisers

When running at low load, electric motors are less efficient. A motor power optimiser (also known as load sensing optimisers) could save between 5 % and 15 % on electricity. Motor optimisers are...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 3.4 Year(s)
Technology

Flat belt drives

Flat belt drives are simple mechanisms that enable power from a rotational power source (e.g. electric motor or combustion engine) to be transferred to rotating machinery. Previously, flat belt...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 8.6 Year(s)
Technology

Variable speed drives (VSDs)

VSDs prove that speed really is relative after all Variable speed drives (VSDs) – also known as drive frequency converters, adjustable speed drives, or inverters – are an increasingly popular...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Energy savings at a dairy farm

Smarter farming saves power Audit reveals changes in equipment and practices to save energy Device for varying milking speed reduces electricity use by 20 % Heat recovery and improvements to milk...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 25-35% 4.5 - 5 Year(s)
Good practice

Energy and material assessment in Australia

Energy and material assessment, Australian style Welvic received a grant to evaluate ways to save resources and energy Small and large ovens were insulated and dust management systems improved Yearly...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0.8 Year(s)