We begin today to present the 2021 nominations for the Energynomics Awards, with the Energy Efficiency category – a category supported by Elctroalfa. Seven projects have been submitted, to the Jury. Only one of the projects below will be awarded during the Energynomics Gala on December 16th, but every company and everyone involved in these projects deserve our respect and the widest promotion. We thank all the companies and personalities involved in this effort to draw the image of the Romanian energy industry in 2021 through its achievements!
Convert, a Valmont company – Romania Cluster PV Plant
Romania Cluster PV Plant is a project for Alerion developed in different regions of the country. Solar trackers generate more electricity in roughly the same amount of space needed for fixed tilt systems, making them ideal optimizing land usage. The main benefits are: environment protection, transition to a clean energy economy and local economic growth.
A 31.5 MW DC project designed as a cluster which consists in seven photovoltaic plants built on the Romanian territory. The project is powered by the Convert TRJ solar trackers optimized for bifacial modules. Convert is a product line which belongs to Valmont Industries, Inc.
Distribuție Energie Oltenia – Drone inspection
With the help of drones, DEO periodically performs inspections to identify non-conformities that may lead to mechanical or electrical defects in the 20 kV and 110 kV OHL, checks the OHL safety lane, removes vegetation elements or hazardous structures and performs thermographic inspections of lines to identify hot spots. The benefits of implementing drone inspection are related to the area of energy efficiency, as the amount of energy distributed increases, energy loss and power outages are significantly reduced, and operational processes are also improved.
Distribuție Energie Oltenia – Investments through “Electrician Apprentice”
Within the “Electrician Apprentice” project, carried out by Distribuție Energie Distribuție, all 7 partner high schools benefit from green energy due to the initiative to install photovoltaic panels worth approximately 15,000 euros / high school. The technical details of the investment are as follows: the installed power of a panel is 285 W; the total number of panels that make up the 15 kWp photovoltaic kit is 54 pieces; the weight of the panel is about 18 kg; the estimated weight of the 15 kWp photovoltaic kit is approximately 972 kg; the area occupied by the 15 kWp photovoltaic kit is about 100 m². The total investment is about 145,000 euros.
The project is a strategic investment, demonstrating long-term responsibility for building sustainable communities, encouraging habits of energy efficiency, responsible consumption of energy and resources.
ProCredit Bank – ProEco Credit
The ProEco loan can finance investments that contribute to the energy efficiency of businesses, in projects that use renewable energy sources, as well as in other measures that contribute to the protection of the environment. Investments that can be made through the ProEco credit include the acquisition of production lines, energy-efficient equipment and machinery, LED-based lighting systems, building insulation projects, photovoltaic panels or water treatment plants.
ProCredit Bank has included in the non-financial analysis model the ESG model (environmental, social risk and corporate governance) and is a partner with various funds that finance energy efficiency and initiatives to combat climate change of Romanian companies.
Servelect – The first Capstone cogeneration plant in Romania
Servelect has implemented in Romania the first high-efficiency cogeneration plant with natural gas turbines, using the American technology Casptone, for the manufacturer of ceramic blocks Cemacon. The cogeneration plant covers over 60% of the factory’s electricity consumption and ensures the drying of the ceramic blocks directly with hot air from the turbines.
The high-efficiency cogeneration plant, with a power generation of 1.2 MW electric, consists of two Capstone C600 gas turbine modules (2 x 600 kWel). The total net efficiency of the installation reaches 95%, given the fact that the entire amount of hot air produced by the cogeneration plant is used usefully in the technological process.
Following the implementation of the cogeneration plant, it is estimated a reduction of CO2 emissions by at least 2,700 tons of CO2 / year, representing the equivalent of the annual emissions of 900 houses in Sălaj.
Transelectrica – Intelligent & passive building (pilot project)
With the implementation of the Pilot project “Refurbishment of the 220/110 / 20kV Alba Iulia substation as a digital substation”, the newly built control unit building will align with the new standards in terms of energy efficiency, digitization and reduction of CO2 emissions. The new building of the control block is a construction that respects the Transelectrica concept of passive building. Thus, this new building of the control block is characterized by a high level of thermal comfort, obtained with minimum energy consumption. The factors that contribute to this result are quality thermal insulation, optimally sized and positioned windows (with triple-layered glass), a sealed tire, the prevention of condensation and moisture and a constant and controlled supply of fresh air.
This project exemplifies the change of vision on the technological buildings in the electrical substations managed by Transelectrica.
Volt EVSE Distribution – Rooftop photovoltaic system, 5.1MWp for Robert Bosch SRL
Through the photovoltaic park installed by the Volt company for Robert Bosch SRL, the beneficiary will annually save over 6 GWh of the total energy used. The advantages are the efficiency of the working capital of private companies by integrating electricity production and reducing their own carbon footprint on the ground.
The presented project is one of the largest rooftop photovoltaic systems in Romania, with a total installed capacity of 5.1 MWp. The first stage, of 1.8 MWp, was put into operation in November 2021.