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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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Oil-less compressors and compressed air as a service

Compressed air plays a major part in many industries and almost 13 % of all the industry-related electricity consumption goes towards generating compressed air. Traditional compressors use oil and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 50%
Technology

Oxy-fuel heating and direct flame...

Combustion needs fuel, ignition, and oxygen. Normal air contains only 21 % oxygen and most of the rest is nitrogen which is only ballast and has no part in combustion. Using pure oxygen increases...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Technology

Artificial intelligence improves the energy efficiency of...

More than 40 % of the energy consumption in Finland is consumed in buildings. Accordingly, buildings have an important role in tackling climate change. A common problem is that owners do not know the...
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1 - 3 Year(s)
Technology

Timber drying: top loading

Top loading is an effective method to reduce the twisting of timber during drying. Top loading can be applied using weighted blocks, such as concrete, laid on top of the timber stacks loaded in the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1-3% 0.5 - 1.5 Year(s)
Technology

Laser and X-ray scanning of logs

Log scanning and sorting brings significant savings for sawmills Combined laser and X-ray scanning technology for log measuring helps improve sawmilling material efficiency in multiple ways. Under...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 - 1 Year(s)
Technology

Condition Based Maintenance (CBM)

Condition Based Maintenance service (CBM) is based on the remote monitoring of key parameters and operational data to predict the state of equipment. A custom-made report is provided to the customer...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Technology

Evaporative solution brings savings

With advanced evaporation solutions, industrial steam consumption can be reduced significantly, by up to 40 %. One example of an advanced evaporation solution is the Mechanical Vapor Recompression (...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 40%
Technology

Smarter wastewater treatment in shopping malls

The treating of wastewater onsite in shopping malls could significantly reduce the water bill and bring other environmental benefits, such as water recycling and wastewater minimisation. Major...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 50-90% 1 - 10 Year(s)
Technology

Intelligent fertilisation with N-Sensor improves crop yield

The timing and accuracy of fertilisation play an important role in the crop and the environment: excessive or inadequate fertilisation can ruin the whole crop. Yara has developed a precise...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5 Year(s)
Technology

Closing water cycles

Water purification technologies and closing water cycles are an important solution to save costs and decrease environmental impacts in the process industry. The need for pure water is growing, and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Technology

Shielding gas prevents food spoilage

Food packed in ordinary plastic and cling film only remains edible for a few days in storage. The poor shelf-life of packed foods means extra costs, especially for catering kitchens that produce high...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Technology

Mobile application helps to tackle food waste

What can a restaurant do when there is food left over from the lunch service? It can use apps such as the ResQ Club service. The service has been specifically developed to promote the use of surplus...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)