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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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Glue manufacturer saves energy with geothermal heat recovery

Hybrid system taps into natural sources Finnish manufacturer combines waste heat and geothermal in its hybrid heating and cooling system The clever system cut annual energy costs by € 100 000 and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 5 Year(s)
Good practice

Powerful environmental improvements via low-pressure...

Proof is in the savings ... Innovative solution can help transform an energy and high-impact water-proofing process into a cleaner, more cost-effective one The process uses 80 % less chemical...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 - 6 Year(s)
Good practice

Improved temperature control in batch reactors

Warm reaction to proposed new measures A review of temperature controls during different production phases can lead to savings Fine chemical producer explored optimal control settings to save on...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10%
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Automatic control of steam-heated distillation plants

All steamed up Food company investigates ways to optimise its steam production plant Discovers a feed-forward system can iron out steam production fluctuation  Steam is a major component in most food...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10%
Good practice

Clean fuel from animal- and plant-based fats, oils and greases

Clever, scalable waste-to-energy solution Modular, scalable technology for converting waste fat and grease into biofuel Clean biodiesel from 100 % waste that produces no emissions and radically lower...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
Measure

Reduction of volatile organic compounds in production processes

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals that have a high vapour pressure at room temperature. This high pressure results from a low boiling point, which causes large numbers of molecules to...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Chemical and process engineering
Measure

Optimising applied process control systems

Automation technology is driving energy efficiency trends in the process industry. A feature of this is continuous process control, which holds the operating points as close to the optimum as...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Optimising distillation plants

Distillation is a process where a mixture of different chemicals is separated using different chemical boiling temperatures. Purification of products is the main application of distillation processes...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-30 %
Good practice

Increase energy efficiency of water and steam generators

Under pressure! Pharmaceutical plant focuses on making its steam and hot-water production more energy- and cost-efficient Controlled measures like optimising operational times on equipment and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1 Year(s)
Measure

Optimising steam-generation systems

Steam is in heavy demand in industries requiring heating processes, and it is typically an energy-intensive process to generate it. The ratio of steam energy costs to total energy costs ranges ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 7 % 1 - 2 Year(s)
Measure

Maintenance measures on refrigeration plants

Refrigeration is a process of mechanically cooling or reducing the temperature of a space, product or process. In some industries, such as chemical producers or the food and drink sector,...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Energy optimisation using a heat exchanger in a German brewery

An energy-saving brew A brewery renewed its plant technology and implemented energy-efficiency measures The investment of € 1.8 million led to a yearly cost reduction of € 238 526 C. & A. Veltins...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 8 Year(s)