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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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Precise adjustment of compressed air saves money

Step-by-step optimisation delivers immediate results Experts advised the company to gradually scale back air pressure The new optimised pressure saves € 2 700 per year The German company Fischer...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Heat recovery in ventilation system

Heat recovery in ventilation system saves €32000 a year No need for a new installation The German company Fischer Surface Technologies GmbH with about 110 employees is specialised in electroplating...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 - 4 Year(s)
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Saving money by drying sludge

A pressing problem solved A sludge-processing solution saves on pay-per-weight disposal costs Pressing and drying out extra water in the sldge saves € 1 200 per year The German metal-working company...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 4.1 Year(s)
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Optimising compressed air system

Smart tools solve two problems, save energy Installing sensors and smart valves in the compressed air system saves power and money The combined solutions save € 15 300 per year in energy costs The...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 Year(s)
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Reusing heat from compressors in Germany

Don't waste that heat! Installing a heat-recovery system helps the company save on power and gas 66 000 kWh of energy and 57 tonnes of CO2 emissions savings per year The German company Wayand AG...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1.9 Year(s)
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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 membrane for ultrafiltration saves water

Clever food allergen filter New ultrathin membrane filters out contaninants Leads to reduced water use and more effective decontamination  Manufacturers try to keep their production lines running for...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Making money out of waste in Germany

Waste not, want not Experts pointed out ways for the company to convert its waste into a money earner Selling, rather than simply giving or throwing away, waste could earn € 36 500 per year...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 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)
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Selling waste as secondary material

Neat return from a neat solution Market analysis reveals opportunity to turn waste into profit The company can make € 7 000 per year by on-selling plastic packaging at no additional cost The German...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Combined heat and power plant (CHP) in plastic production

A dynamic duo Installing a CHP unit offers a multipurpose, efficient energy solution € 19 100 savings on energy costs and 79 tonnes of CO2 emissions are anticipated The German company AKRO-PLASTIC ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 6 Year(s)
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Fixing leaks in the compressed air system cuts costs

Air of confidence in efficiency monitoring Company decides to implement routine checks of compressed air system Savings in both energy and emissions prove the value of energy performance monitoring ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0 Year(s)