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Energy Efficiency

In May'2006 THERMOCONSULT received certification by the Energy Efficiency Agency to perform energy efficiency audits of industrial energy users. Listed under #00009 of registered companies.

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During the last decades, and especially in the beginning of XXI century, the efficient energy utilization in industry, commercial and residential sectors became one of the main characteristics of modern economy planning.
The basic motives for this are: the constantly increasing prices of primary energy sources (oil, natural gas, fossil fuels), the consciousness of environmental protection and recovery, as well as the better image and competitive advantage achieved by companies running programs for energy efficiency in their manufacturing facilities.

The energy efficiency could be provisionally referred to the following three groups of action:

  1. protection (preservation) of energy produced by non-renewable energy sources, for exapmple: installing appropriate heat insulation to reduce heat losses, installing steam traps or replacement of failed ones, etc.
  2. implementation of manufacturing processes with lower energy comsumption, or utilization of renewable energy sources, for example: vacuum technologies in painting plants, as well as for longterm storage of foods, lighting fixtures with lowered energy consumption, wind and solar systems for power production, etc.
  3. utilization of waste or peak energy, for example: recuperators, heat recovery boilers, etc..

The above classification is based on the natural movement of the energy during the process of its utilization by man.
The measures in group 2 are the most heavy to implement as they require in-depth and prolonged research and development, also their cost of implementation is the highest one, however exceptions do exist.
Group 3 usually includes measures that are typical for processes with intensive energy consumption (for example - steel & iron industry, oil refineries, and large chemical plants), and it is a normal practice to incorporate such measures during the design and construction of the respective plant, or factory.
The most universal and widely used measures are these of group 1, and their typical feature is the extremely short payback period reaching in some cases 2-3 months !

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