Tuesday, on May 22nd, in Timișoara, energynomics.ro organized its third event of the year dedicated to Energy Efficiency: “Industrial automation and energy storage for energy efficiency”, part of energynomics.ro Communication Campaign “Energy Efficiency for big results”. Over 50 experts in the region have participated at the debates provoked by seven top speakers, representatives from ANRE, ABB România, MET România Energy, Lubexpert and Tractebel Engineering.
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.
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 new approach to strategic programming for cohesion policy.
Increased demand for automated systems
Major technological changes take place in the industrial segment, said Daniel Sirman, Executive Manager, Segment Sales Industry, ABB România, when opening his intervention.
“Explosive improvements in computing power, storage capacity and connectivity are now expanding into industrial markets and lead to new opportunities for added-value within companies”, ABB representative pointed out.
ABB is a key player on the most dynamic segments relevant to the energy sector. Among these, the ABB representative referred to the Internet of Things (electrical networks, industrial automation, etc.), mobile internet and cloud technologies (using cloud software and providing electrical equipment for data-centers), electrification of transport, advanced exploration O&G exploration and recovery, inverters and SCADA systems for renewable energy.
“Compared to the situation in 2007, for example, we are witnessing an exponential growth for ABB in Romania, in regard with robotic lines. We have now requests for robotic lines from all areas of activity; apart from the automotive industry, we see strong demand from the food and beverage industry. In this industry, products need to be safe and healthy, and robots and automated systems allow for effective and consistent control of quality standards imposed in the food industry”, said Daniel Sirman.
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.
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.
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.
The GEFF initiative – cheap financing for the final consumer
Mark Velody, Project Manager – EBRD GEFF Romania / Tractebel Engineering has presented the latest EBRD financing initiative for energy efficiency in Romania. “What we are proposing is to turn an idea into an actual investment that results in increased energy efficiency, in a simple and bureaucratic way,” Mark Velody stressed.
Crafted for the residential sector, the initiative provided 100 million euros through two commercial banks (Banca Transilvania and Unicredit), with the technical support from Tractebel Engineering.
Through partner banks, individuals can obtain financing at lower costs than those in the market to improve the energy performance of their homes through mortgages, consumer loans and credit cards.
Mark Velody has presented the eligibility conditions for mortgage loans to improve the building’s energy performance, as well as the online platform (technology selector) where top technologies for heating, ventilation, lighting, insulation, all certified as energy efficient by the technical expert Tractebel Engineering.
For more information, visit the facility’s website or contact the facility consultant Tractebel Engineering by sending an email or using the help line 031 22 48 104.
Over 50 representatives from ABB România, ALD Automotive, ANRE, AON România, BeeSpeed, Bjorn Heizung, Business Development Group, Contras, Eaton Electric, EETim, EnergoBit, Enevo Group, ENGIE România, Esapro, Eta-2u, Exelo, Fondul Român pentru Eficiența Energiei, Heliopolis Ro Energy & Engineering, Hella, Infinitrade România, Lubexpert, MET România Energy, Neon Lighting, OMV Petrom Gas, Phoenix Contact, ProCredit Bank, Renewables Consulting, Siemens, Stratum Enclosures, Tractebel Engineering, Transelectrica attended the presentations and participated in discussions.
The event was organized by energynomics.ro with the support of our partners: ANRE, ABB România, MET România Energy, Lubexpert and Tractebel Engineering.
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.
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”
- July 4, Constanța
- October 17, Craiova
- November 14, Oradea
- March 14, Iași – follow-up article
- Apr 26, Cluj-Napoca – follow-up article
- 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