CORE and partner Pantarein worked closely together in 2014 and 2015 to reduce the energy consumption of industrial partners according to the ESCO principle. ESCO is the abbreviation of Energy Service COmpanies. According to this principle, CORE actively tried to reduce the energy consumption of external companies. Possible solutions are presented via an energy adjective. The financing of these solutions can be borne entirely by the customer or through shared investment costs of the customer, the ESCO company and possibly third parties.
In this way, companies are convinced to take the step towards a more sustainable and economically profitable process. In addition, the risk of the investment is partially shifted to the ESCO company. For the ESCO company, the risk is more limited because the company is specialized in energy reduction and has more knowledge and experience and can thus make the right choices regarding the investments to be made.
A first comprehensive energy audit was completed for Masureel International The company is active in the sector of high-quality textiles and wallpaper. In view of the high gas and electricity costs associated with the production process, an energy audit was carried out in collaboration with partner Pantarein.
In 2014, the energy consumption in the production process was examined, with the drying oven emerging as the biggest devourer. Modifications to the production line allowed the wallpaper to dry in several shorter periods of time and by providing a frequency control for the fan, the fan could run at a lower flow rate, which in turn saves energy.
In a second phase of the project, CORE checked in 2015 whether the new line is actually more energy efficient. The results indeed showed a significant improvement compared to the previous installation. A number of samples showed that the newly installed production line consumed 35% less energy per meter of wallpaper produced. The savings in gas and electricity costs amounted to approximately €75,000 annually.
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