For the twelfth time in succession, the Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) – the German Energy Agency – has presented the ‘Energy Efficiency Award’ for outstanding energy efficiency projects in private and public companies at its Energy Transition Congress. The award, which is under the patronage of the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Peter Altmaier, offers prize money totalling 30,000 euros.
The award for the ‘Energy transition 2.0’ category was presented to the copper manufacturer Aurubis in Hamburg (Germany), and in the ‘Energy efficiency: from clever to digital’ category the award went to the airport operators Fraport and MeteoViva in Frankfurt (Germany). The prizewinners in the ‘Energy Services and Management’ category were the Indian energy start-up Smart Joules together with St Stephen‘s Hospital in Delhi (India). The Audience Award, which is chosen by a live vote during the Congress, went to City of Zhovkva (Ukraine).
During the awards ceremony, dena’s Chief Executive Andreas Kuhlmann stressed the role of the companies in increasing energy efficiency and achieving international climate protection targets. ‘We must invest more heavily in innovation and the right technologies if we want to achieve the targets set. However, the right policy frameworks are often still lacking. The Energy Efficiency Award shows that there are versatile, successful efficiency projects that are waiting to be transferred to other companies. Companies should make use of this opportunity now!’
dena presents the Energy Efficiency Award in order to draw attention to success stories in companies that have actively helped shape the energy transition. In all, 104 energy efficiency projects had been entered for the award this year: 72 entries came from Germany, and a further 32 from European or international regions. The award is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and supported by premium partners Danfoss and KfW.
Aurubis AG scores points by using waste heat
The copper manufacturer Aurubis uses industrially generated waste heat within its own company and also supplies significant quantities of heat to enercity Contracting Nord GmbH, which uses it to heat the HafenCity East in Hamburg. This external use of the waste heat is making a substantial contribution to the climate protection targets of the city of Hamburg. With the aid of the industrial heat, it has even been possible to exceed the stringent emissions requirements for the heating supply of the newly-built HafenCity East area. In addition, by using some of the heat inhouse, Aurubis is able to meet almost half its heating needs for copper electrolysis and electrolyte processing.
Fraport AG and MeteoViva GmbH back digitisation
A central plank of this cooperative energy efficiency project is a digital simulation model which images the energy flows in the building. The simulation is used for proactive management of the building control system in the company headquarters. Using it as a basis, the building’s energy needs and use of technology were analysed, and corresponding strategies for operating heating and cooling systems were established and successfully implemented. The project shows that, even when standards are high, increases in energy efficiency can still be achieved through digitisation.
Smart Joules Pvt. Ltd improves the energy balance at St Stephen’s Hospital
As part of this cooperative project, a digital energy management system was developed, which forms the basis for numerous energy efficiency measures. Smart Joules installed an Internet-based measurement and control technology in the hospital, in order to constantly optimise the energy system. This technology records the energy and output data of more than 100 facilities and sends corresponding warning messages if critical data are measured in the systems. Using innovative, Internet-based technologies, this Indian start-up company has succeeded in developing a successful business model for energy efficiency in an emerging economy.
Audience Award for innovative concept
For the second time already, companies were able to enter concepts for the Audience Award category of the Energy Efficiency Awards. During the awards ceremony, the expert audience at the dena Energy Transition Congress voted live for presenting the Audience Award to the administration of the City of Zhovkva for an energy-efficient residential district in Ukraine.
Complete information on the competition can be found at www.EnergyEfficiencyAward.de.
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