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Implementation and modernization of measuring and control system

Energy, Carbon
All sectors
Medium cost
Annual saving:
5 - 30 % / 200 - 20000€
Payback time:
0.5 - 5 Year(s)
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Resource savings: Energy:
Typical savings of electricity after implementation of measure is 10-30% in industry and 5-10% in service sector, public administration. Given typical non-industrial use of ±20,000 kWh per year [1], expected savings are 1600 for electricity kWh per year. For industrial use (500 MWh [2]), savings can achieve 100 MWh. At €0,12 - €0,20 [2] per kWh this translates to annual savings of €192 – 320 for service sector and public administration, and 12-20 thous. euro for industry. Regarding initial investment, capital cost varies with the many factors (which system is implemented, where, etc.). Typical investment costs on energy saving is 100 – 200 € / GJ.
Associated cost savings: Raw material:
5 - 30%
Total cost savings:
€192 – 320 per year for service sector and public administration; 12-20 thous. euro per year for industry.
Co2 emission reduction:
Depends on type of energy resource, which is saved.
Premises and operation areas:
Office management, Office building, Production building, Production processes, Supply operations, Waste and recycling
Size of company:
Micro (less than 10), Small (less than 50), Medium (less than 250), Large (more than 250)
Advancement in applying resource efficiency measures:
One off investment:
3500 - 6000€
What is in it for you:
Energy savings, better control of equipment, improved building performance
Descriptive information:

Measuring and control systems (MCS) are used to automatically control both manufacturing and non-manufacturing processes, including monitoring, visualisation and evaluation.

Installation of frequency drives on electric motors, such as variable speed drives  (VSD), is a typical industrial MCS measure. They work by varying the frequency and voltage supplied to the motor, which increases or decreases its speed to meet demand, or the volume of work the machine needs to perform. Regulating speed like this can cut energy use by up to 40 % (typically 20 %). Frequency drives can be installed on elevators, ventilation systems, and compressors, to name a few applications.

In the service sector and public administration, it is more typical to see automated systems and building controls applied as part of the overall building management system. Installations include those for controlling and regulating temperature, cooling and ventilation. They can lead to power savings of up to 15 % (typically 8%).

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