How energy efficient is production in German companies? In which business areas can the greatest improvements to efficiency be achieved? How well positioned is your company compared to others? These questions are investigated twice yearly by the University of Stuttgart’s Institute of Energy Efficiency in Production (EEP) for its Energy Efficiency Index. According to the latest survey, in the second half of 2017 the highest number of participating businesses (30%) found that measures related to lighting brought about the greatest improvements in energy efficiency. Another 12% had achieved the greatest improvements to efficiency in their production facilities, 9% in compressed air systems and a further 9% in heating systems.
Operators of industrial buildings can learn how to further improve energy efficiency using both large-scale and small-scale measures from June 20–22, 2018 at the exhibition EM-Power in Munich. The exhibition focuses on topics including decentralized energy supply, systems and plant technology such as compressors or air-conditioning, cooling and ventilation technology, building automation and solutions for energy management.
In Ungerhausen in southern Germany, Alois Müller Gruppe is currently building what it says is the largest production and office building in the world to be almost entirely self-sufficient, with an area of 18,000 m2. But businesses don’t need to take on huge projects in order to cut their energy costs. Smaller measures alone can significantly lower energy demand. Production managers, energy technicians and building services engineers can learn about these measures at the Compact Energy Forum as part of the EM-Power exhibition. Exhibiting companies will use this platform to report on selected examples of best practice. In addition, there is a session on funding, directives and measures for increasing energy efficiency in small and medium enterprises, which will be of particular interest for attendees working in industry and production. The German Federal Agency for Energy Efficiency will also be there to report on topics such as energy audits and the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.
Growing numbers of companies and commercial enterprises are adding electric vehicles to their fleets. These vehicles often run on power from photovoltaic installations on the roofs of the companies’ buildings. CEOs and production managers can learn about these topics too during their visit to Munich, as three other exhibitions will be taking place alongside EM-Power: Intersolar showcases a diverse range of solutions for everything related to solar energy, Power2Drive explores e-mobility and charging infrastructure, and ees Europe focuses on energy storage systems and fuel cells. And efficiency in production will be in the spotlight at automatica from June 19–22, 2018, also at the exhibition center in Munich. The exhibition for automated production covers the topics of industrial and service robotics, assembly systems, industrial machine vision systems and components.
Where and how can the greatest energy savings be made in a production company? What current developments are relevant for small and medium enterprises? CEOs, production managers and building services engineers looking for answers to these questions will find them not just at the exhibition EM-Power itself but also, from March, in a biweekly newsletter with examples of best practice for a range of industries including production facilities, hospitals and commercial residential buildings. The newsletter will also use interviews and a selection of news items to report on current issues that will be of interest for building and facility managers, planners and consultants working in industry, real estate and local government.