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EREK database of resource efficiency

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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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
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)
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)
Good practice

Tweaking fan speeds in cooling towers saves power in...

Cool measure saves loads Company rationalises fan operation Saves € 24 000 per year Reduces CO2 emissions by 15 tonnes per year Yara is an international company operating in the chemical industry,...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Compressed air leak detection and repair

Listen carefully! Innovative tool detects compressed air leakage while maintaining production The investment reduces CO2 emissions by 1.6 tonnes and saves € 2 400 annually Merck is a French chemical...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1.3 Year(s)
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Energy savings based on pinch analysis at a fine chemicals...

Pinch analysis spotlights energy-saving potential Connecting hot water circuits for internal and external saves around 35 000 MWh pa Using waste heat from upstream plants saves around ~241 000 MWh pa...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Energy savings based on pinch analysis at a pharmaceutical...

A princh of this and a good measure of that... Pinch analysis reveals where energy inefficiencies were costing the company One measure introduced cut steam use by 30 kW Up to 20 % energy savings were...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20% 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

EU certification and ecolabel is key to biotech business model...

Unique selling point for 'green' biotech Growing bio and chemical business built around respect for environment Pioneering efforts to obtain certification and push for greener alternatives Ecolabels...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 5-10% 0.5 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Soybean oil lubricant substitute

Green hydraulic fluid alternative passes tests Soy oils instead of petroleum-based lubricants for 20 pieces of industrial equipment reduced danger of spills and waste problems Soybean oil is...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: 0 - 5 Year(s)