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EXPERT SYSTEM FOR AN INTELLIGENT SUPPLY OF THERMAL ENERGY IN INDUSTRY AND OTHER LARGE-SCALE APPLICATIONS

NEWSLETTER

No.6 - April 2011

Welcome to the sixth edition of the EINSTEIN newsletter.

Including a wealth of information, from latest news to up and coming releases, your one-stop-shop for EINSTEIN-II project activities.


In This Issue


Latest News

EINSTEIN Training

The first introductory training courses on EINSTEIN, for energy auditors, took place in Germany, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Spain and UK. The next training appointments are foreseen in Austria, Bulgaria, Ireland, France and Italy.

For more information on the upcoming trainings please visit: www.einstein-energy.net/training-activities

EINSTEIN – II Leaflet Launched

The NEW edition of the EINSTEIN II promotional leaflet  is now available in all partner languages.  Please follow the links below:

AUSTRIAN

ITALIAN

BULGARIAN

GERMAN

ENGLISH

SLOVAKIAN

FRENCH

SPANISH


Events

Trends Analysis Workshop

Vienna (Austria) – 6th July 2011

A Trends Analysis Workshop will be organised in the framework of EINSTEIN II by the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) with the aim to assess the current state-of-the-art in standards relevant to energy audits, identify gaps and potentials of future standardization.

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Website: http://www.einstein-energy.net/trends-analysis-workshop


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‘BETA’ THAN EVER

The EINSTEIN 2.0 beta release is now available. This major release contains several new fundamental features and a higher simulation speed than previous versions.

In comparison to version 1.1 the following major new features have been introduced:

  • the integration of buildings as entities with energy demands
  • the possibility to model processes with multiple inflowing and out flowing media
  • full support for modeling of cooling and refrigeration
  • a new heat recovery module that is implemented in python language as free and open source replacing the old c# based "windows only" closed source solution
  • higher stability by fixing GUI bugs that led to frequent freezes of the whole application
  • improved calculation speed for simulations and demand calculation
  • the possibility to model complex time schedules in processes
  • an improved editor for EINSTEIN data bases
  • better plots in the graphical interface by integration of matplotlib
  • a graphical installer for MS-Windows XP, Vista and 7

In addition, the following improvements have been made:

  • a significantly improved simulation engine that now considers the real connections between heat and cold supply equipment, distribution lines and processes, substituting the old simplified model that was based on aggregate demand
  • improvements in the solar thermal module (concentrating collectors: parabolic trough and Fresnel, explicit modelling of thermal losses of storage tanks, weather data file reader)
  • improvements in the benchmark module and database
  • improvements in the CHP (cogeneration) module: design assistant for CHP now available, support of different types of CHP equipment

To download the latest version of the EINSTEIN software please visit: : www.sourceforge.net/projects/einstein

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EINSTEIN GOES SWISS

In Switzerland, the Institute for Solar Technology SPF accomplished the Research project "EINSTEIN goes Swiss“ during 2009/2010, mainly funded by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy.

One aim of the project was to put the Swiss Industry in the position to benefit from the development and validation of the EINSTEIN tool and to exploit the possibilities for cost effective reductions of non-renewable energy demand.

The SPF conducted 10 energy audits in different companies and branches and analysed the results using the EINSTEIN tool focusing on the integration of solar heat. In the second part of “EINSTEIN goes Swiss” SPF developed a tool that can be integrated in EINSTEIN to enable a more detailed calculation of the solar thermal gains.

The tool is based on the simulation program Polysun and can be started from the EINSTEIN front end. This plug-in carries out an annual simulation for the location, the given specification of the solar plant and the load profile for industrial heat, and the results are re-integrated in EINSTEIN.

Project details can be downloaded from www.spf.ch (à Research à Current Projects). Contact: Dr. Elimar Frank, Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!

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EINSTEIN II IS THE CRÈME DE LA CRÈME

The Clean Technology Centre at Cork Institute of Technology made a presentation on the EINSTEIN II project, covering both the available audits and the forthcoming training to six development advisors in the Beverage, Bakery and Food Technology Department of Enterprise Ireland.

Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. Following contact of this group with their member companies, positive feedback has already been received resulting in one company signing up to participate in the EINSTEIN energy audit. The company in question is a dairy producer that processes milk into skimmed milk powder, butter and cheese.

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EINSTEIN II ADVISORY BOARD

The EINSTEIN-II consortium established an advisory board in order to steer the project's activities. The advisory board will act as an intermediary between the project team and the target groups.

The EINSTEIN-II advisory board is composed by:

Technology providers

Mr. Thomas Esdaile-Bouquet
Mr. Thomas Nowak

COGEN Europe
EHPA - European Heat Pump Association

Associations or representatives of energy auditors

Mr. Peter Sattler
Mr. Nikolaus Möllenhoff

Sattler Energie Consulting GmbH
RWTH Aachen

Industry associations

Mr. Miroslav Ku?era

Mr. Kevin O’Keeffe
Mr. Christophe Debard

ASENEM  - Association of Power Engineering Managers  /  ZPOE   - Association of Industrial Energy Consumers

Glaxo Smithkline
CETIAT

Public bodies and energy agencies

Dr. Martin Streibel
Ms. Simone Polfer / Mr. Jean Offermann

DENA - German energy agency
Luxemburgish Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade

Standards organisations

Mr. Inge Pierre

Secretary SIS CEN/CLC JWG on energy certificates

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The production of this paper was financially supported by the European Commission under the 'Intelligent Energy – Europe' programme (Project: EINSTEIN-II,  iee/09/702/S12.558239).The sole responsibility for the content publication  lies with the authors. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Communities. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

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