Energy efficiency depends on better communication of available solutions

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Wednesday, on July 4th, in Constanța, energynomics.ro organized its fourth event of the year dedicated to Energy Efficiency: “Innovation and proven solutions for energy efficiency”, part of energynomics.ro Communication Campaign “Energy Efficiency for big results”. Over 50 experts representing companies and organizations operating in the region have participated at the debates provoked by five top speakers, representatives from ANRE, DynoTeq Technology, Lubexpert, MET România Energy and Stratum Enclosures.

The dialogue was opened by two senior representatives of the local community, Decebal Făgădău, Mayor of Constanţa and Dănuţ Jugănaru, General Director of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Navigation and Agriculture Constanţa – CCINA.

D. Făgădău: “I want Constanţa to become like Vienna in the energy field”

Constanta City Hall is in the process of implementing several projects to develop all areas of a Smart City strategy, Mayor Decebal Făgădău announced. These include projects targeting Safe City, E-city, Energy City, Mobility City. A few months ago, the My City – Cities and Smart Communities project, funded through Horizon 2020, was launched, aiming at transforming Constanta and Malmo, Sweden, into Lighthouse cities. My City is also targeting for a pilot area with a special focus on energy transfer between buildings. “We have 50% chance that our project would be accepted by the European Commission,” said Mayor Decebal Făgădău. “I want Constanţa to become like Vienna in the field of energy, with investments and innovative projects in this field, including through private partnerships and consortia.”

Referring to urban transport, the mayor mentioned the city’s decision to modernize its fleet as that two-thirds of it would use EURO 6 engines, and a third would use alternative propulsion solutions (electric, hybrid, CNG, LNG, hydrogen). “We have taken over the restructuring of the Transport administration and we started drafting the necessary documentation for attracting European funds,” said Decebal Făgădău. In terms of public lighting, the mayor spoke of the need for the specialized team in the municipality to “be in contact with all manufacturers, suppliers, developers, integrators and financiers, because today, alongside the lighting system can be added safety services, telecommunications, and all kinds of sensors”. “An investment will give rise to another investment,” said Decebal Făgădău.

Mayor Făgădău considers that the thermic rehabilitation of the blocks is a subsequent approach to solving the first problems in the thermal energy value chain, mainly the generation and transport of thermal energy. “We have to make sure, for example, that the losses are kept at 15, at most 18%, on top of the load,” the Mayor said.

We need the support of the Government and the Parliament to put in place ESCO concepts, taking into consideration that, at the moment, the concept of energy service, the energy performance contract included, is not found in the Romanian legislation, concluded Decebal Făgădău.

To encourage the dissemination of information

In turn, Dănuţ Jugănaru, General Manager of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Navigation and Agriculture Constanţa, stressed that this event is extremely important from the perspective of popularizing energy efficiency issues and solutions. “We do not do enough to explain to the general public and the business environment some things, for example, why a building should be thermally efficient. There is an interesting initiative in the European Union: the eco-label used in various fields, tourism included. Only three hotels in Romania, one of them in the Saturn resort in Constanta County, have acquired this eco-label. There was no encouragement for others to be interested to get this label”, said Dănuț Jugănaru.

With reference to an initiative in which CCINA could get involved, Dănuţ Jugănaru spoke about the opportunity for students in the final years in the technical faculties of Constanţa to be encouraged to carry out their bachelor or doctoral work taking into account the needs of local companies in energy efficiency.

Legislative provisions

Irina Nicolau, from the Energy Efficiency Department of ANRE, outlined the legislative provisions on industrial energy efficiency, in the context of the European and national framework for climate and energy policies.

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She insisted on the operational programs available (such as European Energy Efficiency Fund – eeef), pointing out that the new financial perspective 2014-2020 provides a different approach to strategic programming for cohesion policy.

MET România Energy – energy efficiency tested in real projects

Andrei Bucur, Business Development Manager at MET Romania Energy presented the smart residential area of Popasului Residence, in Northern Bucharest, where each house was equipped with photovoltaic panels and smart home system, meant to ease the life of the user and at the same time to improve the energy consumption. “Photovoltaic panels come with a significant contribution to the heating of the house and a low cost in the utilities bill,” explained Andrei Bucur, who continued: “The smart house means more than automation and remote control of the artificial lighting, the air conditioning system or draperies”. In the case study presented, MET designed and implemented a connection between the heating system and the photovoltaic panels, so that in winter, the heating system starts on air conditioning and heats the building until the batteries are consumed. From that point on, the system shuts down the power supply and starts the system on natural gas, which is cheaper than electricity, for the moment.

Such an investment is less than 10% of the initial cost of building a new house, and the systems presented can also be used in existing buildings as their installation is minimally invasive, said Andrei Bucur.

DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATION OF ANDREI BUCUR

With regard to energy storage, it is worth highlighting that technological solutions are being developed not only abroad. There are companies that produce here in Romania power generation and storage systems for energy. “Not only do others have access to such technologies, not just others have ideas and make investments in this sector,” insisted Andrei Bucur as an introduction to the partnership with Stratum Enclosures (download the presentation of Bogdan Cristian Cojocaru, Business Development Manager at Stratum Enclosures), a company which integrates renewable energy generation (wind, solar) with battery storage and power generators as a backup system. The systems are produced at the Bucharest plant and 99% of the production goes to export.

Energy Efficiency with Mobil lubricants

In his intervention, Victor Năstase, Industrial Manager Lubexpert Romania, presented the company and its activity as an ExxonMobil authorized importer and distributor. He pointed out that Mobil lubricants cover all industrial areas and all industrial applications, and he also presented Lubexpert Romania services: technical assistance, oil and machine monitoring through Mobil Serv Lubricant Analysis laboratory analysis, engineering services and technical training.

DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATION OF VICTOR NĂSTASE

Victor Năstase has also presented several case studies to exemplify in numbers the savings of fuel and the reduction of electricity consumption that come with the use of quality lubricants. “We are present in all counties, which allows us to offer a very short delivery time,” said Victor Năstase.

Phoenix Contact E-Mobility provides support for system integrators

In turn, Adrian Vlăduț, Application Engineer at Phoenix Contact, presented the Phoenix Contact E-Mobility offer: components and solutions for AC and DC charging, customized charging infrastructure concepts, and innovations allowing for high power charging. ” What Phoenix Contact proposes is this mix – starting from components, through integration of the solutions and implementing some ideas through appropriate technical solutions”, explained Adrian Vlăduț.

DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATION OF ADRIAN VLĂDUȚ

“While we do not produce turn-key stations, we support system integrators in Romania to build such stations. Such companies, with the support of Phoenix Contact, offer integrated solutions – both the stations themselves and the networks and hardware / software architecture necessary for data transfer and complex network administration”, explained Adrian Vlăduț.

Loss reduction through quality insulation

Bencze Dénes, Manager of DynoTeq Technology, presented DynoFlex reusable thermal insulation, which addresses the most important drawbacks of traditional “sheet metal” insulation. First of all, it cannot be applied to all surface types. In addition, Bencze Dénes explained, once removed, sheet metal insulation cannot be reused and, while protected equipment must be readily accessible (for leakage repairing, inspection and maintenance), traditional insulation means repeated costs for reassembly.

DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATION OF BENCZE DÉNES

DynoFlex reusable thermal insulations allow a complete customization of the products, according to the needs of the customer. “We have our own production line, from design to installation”, said Bencze Dénes. “The main advantages are, of course, the savings with thermal energy. But there is also the potential for reusing the insulation, its straightforward and fast application – which substantially reduces costs, and also the fact that our insulation prevents any operational safety incidents”, DynoTeq’s representative summarized.

Over 50 representatives from AB Energy, AGIR Constanța, ANRE, Asociația Română pentru Locuințe Casa Plus, Camera de Comerț și Industrie Constanța, Celco, Chorus, DynoTech, Enel Energie, EnergoBit, Enevo Group, Fondul Român pentru Eficiența Energiei, HYDAC, Investia Group, Lubexpert, MET România Energy, PET Communications, Phoenix Contact, Primăria Constanța, RADET Constanța, Robomatic Process Control, Casa Auditorilor SRL, Stratum Enclosures, Wattrom, WeTranslate attended the presentations and participated in discussions.

The event was organized by energynomics.ro with the support of our partners: ANRE, DynoTeq Technology, Lubexpert, MET România Energy și Stratum Enclosures.

Following the success of the 2017 initiative, energynomics.ro unrolls its second media campaign for energy efficiency across the country! The campaign will run in the Romanian language, under the title  “Eficiență energetică pentru rezultate care contează“ – („Energy Efficiency for Big Results”) – a name which aligns concepts, information and solutions aimed to promote energy efficiency among the targeted audiences..

This is a communication campaign aimed at informing and educating the decision makers in the Romanian public authorities and companies – from Start-Ups and SMEs to the largest enterprises. The assigned objective is to positively influence their attitudes and behavior regarding the need for and the benefits of implementing in their organizations the energy audits and the needed actions and technologies for increased energy efficiency.

Participation

Access to the conference is open to all professionals in the Romanian energy industry and related sectors, based on the nominal confirmation from energynomics.ro. You are welcomed to write us at office [at]energynomics.ro and ask for an invitation!

Between April and June 2017 we scheduled three conferences aimed to highlight the need for and the benefits of implementing energy audits, with examples of actions and technologies for increased energy efficiency.

Conferences scheduled in 2018 within the Communication Campaign “Energy Efficiency for big results”

Themes
  • Public Sector – Exemplary role of public bodies’ buildings and purchasing by public bodies
  • Metering and Billing – Operational, as well as potential specific technical topics
  • Financing – The conditions required for the successful establishment of financing facilities
  • Energy Services – Provisions to stimulate the development of the energy services market; energy storage; energy balancing; energy flexibility
  • Consumer Information – Communication is a vital aspect of promoting energy efficiency
  • CHP and Heating / Cooling – Assessment for the potential application of high-efficiency CHP and DH
  • Obligation Schemes, Audits and Monitoring – Options for implementation and issues related to monitoring
  • National Energy Efficiency Action Plans
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