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

NEWSLETTER

No.9 - January 2012

Welcome to the ninth edition of the EINSTEIN newsletter, which includes a wealth of information, from latest news to up-and-coming releases.

Your one-stop-shop for EINSTEIN-II project activities!


In This Issue

EINSTEIN & the Laundry Sector

Students work with EINSTEIN II in Madrid

EINSTEIN II – results of the UK audits

EINSTEIN goes swimming

EINSTEIN II final dissemination conference and Users & Developers Day


Latest News

EINSTEIN user and download statistics

Since its generation until 30.11.2011, 10.443 downloads of the EINSTEIN software tool have been counted in 100 countries world wide. Since the begin of the EINSTEIN II project in July 2010 nearly 5000 downloads have been counted. While during EINSTEIN-I, almost 75 % of downloads were focused in Spain, since EINSTEIN-II running new countries increased their share, especially Germany, France, Italy and Austria.

The number of registered EINSTEIN users increased from 37 (end of EINSTEIN-I) to 102, and 430 persons are registered to the EINSTEIN-news mailing list, receiving the EINSTEIN newsletter and periodic updates on EINSTEIN.

To view the country-specific history of the EINSTEIN software downloads since February please visit: www.sourceforge.net/projects/einstein).


Events

EINSTEIN II national conference in Newcastle, 26th March 2012, UK

The third EINSTEIN national conference is built to be a great opportunity to learn more about EINSTEIN II and its applications in the food and beverage industry. The conference will be jointly held by West Midlands European Service and the Newcastle University on 26th of March 2012 in Newcastle, UK.

For further information, please contact Ms Anna-Maria Schober at Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!


EINSTEIN II introductory trainings in Newcastle, 27th -29th March 2012, UK

A third EINSTEIN II introductory training session will also be organised in the UK in collaboration with Newcastle University end of May 2012.

For further information and to be added in the list for receiving finalised information, please contact Ms Anna-Maria Schober at Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!


EINSTEIN II introductory trainings in Paris, 24th-26thApril 2012, France

A third EINSTEIN II introductory training session will be organised in Paris at the end of April 2012. This training course gives participants the opportunity to learn how to perform an EINSTEIN II energy audit and use the EINSTEIN II thermal auditing software tool.

The training session will take place the 24th, 25th and 26th of April in ACFCI, 46, avenue de la Grande Armée – 75017 PARIS.

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EINSTEIN II introductory trainings in Barcelona & Madrid, Spring 2012, Spain

Two EINSTEIN II introductory training sessions will also be held in Spain. The exact dates and further information will soon be published.

For further information on the EINSTEIN II trainings in Barcelona, please contact Mr. Hans Schweiger at: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!

For further information on the EINSTEIN II trainings in Madrid, please contact Ms. Maria Encinas at: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!


EINSTEIN II final conference and users & developers day in Brussels, 29th-30thMay 2012, Belgium
The EINSTEIN II final dissemination conference will take place the 29th of May in West Midlands European Centre, 22-28, Avenue d'Auderghem, 1040 Brussels.

The EINSTEIN II Users & Developers Day will be held the 30th of May in West Midlands European Centre, 22-28, Avenue d'Auderghem, 1040 Brussels.

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EINSTEIN examines the Laundry Sector in Austria

In Austria the EINSTEIN Method and Tool was used for the evaluation of saving measures in laundries, one aspect of the sector focus within the national energy efficiency programme for companies. Another measure within the Austrian programme was the development of benchmarks via questionnaires, which were sent out to all laundries in Austria, and the summary of the recommendations for saving measures in the sector concept detected by EINSTEIN.

All benchmarks were included in the benchmark database of klima:aktiv (German only):

http://www.energymanagement.at/Branchen-Benchmarking.90.0.html

under “Textilreiniger”.

The first step within EINSTEIN was the data collection phase for gas- and electricity consumption, amount of washed laundry and production times of the main areas. For all machines the steam or gas consumption for a full load, the estimated part-load condition, water consumption and air flows including the temperatures, were collected.

The results showed that the main thermal heat consumers within laundries are:

  • Washing: Usually done with tunnel washers and washer extractors at 50-75°C, waste water has a temperature between 30 and 50°C, depending of existing heat recovery and mixing with cold water.
  • Drying: Usually done with tumble dryers at 45°C to above 100°C, waste heat usually around 70°C and above.
  • Finishing: Usually done with finishers and calanders at 180°C, also a lot of hot exhaust gas available at at least 100°C.

With this data the EINSTEIN Heat Exchanger Network was designed. In particular, heat recovery from the main waste heat flowing from dryers and washing tunnels usually to the inflow of the same processes have quick pay back times and can save process heat for those processes of 10% to 40%.

In one case a CHP would have a significant primary energy saving effect.


Students work with EINSTEIN in Madrid

In Madrid, two EINSTEIN courses have been held, one at a basic and one at an advanced level. This reflects the enthusiasm of energy companies and professionals and engineers in Spain since the project’s launch in early 2007. Eight of the 18 attendees presented their projects.

The course consisted of using the EINSTEIN tool in full to perform a thermal energy audit of a company. Students chose mainly to apply the tool to industrial enterprises and buildings, as the two largest energy consumers.

It is anticipated that several of these eight students will pass the final evaluation and analysis of projects and obtain the Certificate of Auditors European EINSTEIN.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Madrid is enormously grateful for the hard work and effort voluntarily shown by the students, who have now submitted their final projects. We would also like to thank those companies that have generously provided their facilities or energy data to enable optimal development. We are certain that everyone will benefit from this experience.

 

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EINSTEIN II – results of the UK audits

By the end of December 2011, the next round of audits had been finished by all partners leading to a total number of 25 audits finished.

AEE INTEC as leader of work package 3 finished and presented 7 audits in the UK. The companies examined were a metal treatment company, a data centre (already part of the first round of audits), two office buildings, a university, a potato processing company and a hospital. Generally, saving potentials and the integration of renewable energy could be detected in all sectors. In agreement with the companies several alternative proposals have been discussed. For example in the potato processing company an absorption chiller for cooling the storages has been suggested and in one office building the installation of a CHP was proposed.

For all seven audits, savings of primary energy of more than 31,051 MWh could be achieved, leading to a reduction of CO2 emissions of 7,054 tons/a. The results of the audits have been presented during the advanced trainings in November 2011 and will be continuously updated until the end of the project. Generally the feedback from the companies has been very positive, making sure that investment on savings of primary energy and CO2 emissions as well as on the supply of energy and heat recovery will be validated by the companies.

 

Figure 1: Comparison of the primary energy consumption (PEC) in the present state and the proposal and tons of CO2 savings per year.

 

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EINSTEIN goes swimming

One of the objectives of the EINSTEIN II project is to extend the use of EINSTEIN audits to non-industrial applications. Besides hospitals and large office buildings, indoor swimming pools and spas undoubtedly have a huge demand of heat energy. The German project partner ZAB contacted a number of spa operators in the region of Berlin/Brandenburg and informed them about the EINSTEIN software and the energy audits. Almost immediately, some spa operators expressed their interest. Together with our colleagues from energyXperts, we’ve already started working on the first audit and three more are planned. It will be particularly interesting to find out about the saving potential resulting from the EINSTEIN calculations because most of the used heat in the spas is at significantly low temperature levels.

 

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SAVE THE DATE: EINSTEIN II final dissemination conference and Users & Developers Day 29-30th May 2012 in Brussels

The EINSTEIN II final European dissemination conference (29th May 2012) in Brussels will celebrate the success of EINSTEIN I and II bringing together 100 key European policy and energy stakeholders. The final conference will inform developing EU policy and promote understanding of the issues.

This is an opportunity for delegates to contribute to the discussions on thermal energy and the upcoming European Directives specifically addressed to this topic.

The EINSTEIN II User and Developer Day (30th May 2012) will establish a community of EINSTEIN users and developers whereby:

  • Users will present and exchange experiences about the EINSTEIN methodology in practice
  • Developers will present and discuss new features and plan new activities

The EINSTEIN user and developer day forms an important element towards a community-development strategy for the EINSTEIN project.

Both events will take place in Brussels:

West Midlands European Centre, 22-28 Avenue d’Auderghem, 6th Floor, 1040 Brussels

For more information, click here.

 

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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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