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3D Meets Thermography
Ambitious TIPCHECK University Research Programme funded by the German Government

| Schweinfurt (Germany), 16 February 2017 |

An ambitious research project funded with about than 600.000 EUR by the German Ministry for Education and Research started in 2016 in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS), the EiiF and the following partners: VIB (Dutch insulation contractors’ association), KAEFER Isoliertechnik GmbH & Co.KG, Hertel BV, Bilfinger OKI Isoliertechnik GmbH, G+H Isolierung GmbH, Knauf Insulation, Arnold Group and GWK Kuhlmann GmbH.

The goal: the combination of infrared technology with 3D scanning for TIPCHECK and energy efficient insulation purposes.

TIPCHECKs (Technical Insulation Performance Checks) deliver already today figures and payback estimates of potential energy savings of industrial production processes which are -or should be- insulated. The potential is large and the payback times with an average of 1-2 years are economically very convincing, as shown in the EiiF’s first TIPCHECK Report evaluating 180 energy audits in the same number of plants in Europe and beyond.

Today TIPCHECK engineers are using thermography to inspect already insulated systems for hot or cold spots causing costly energy losses for asset owners and even more severe problems like hazardous hot surfaces or corrosion under insulation (CUI) threats. Besides the inspections of the already insulated parts, thermography is also used to illustrate the significant and costly thermal losses of typically uninsulated special parts such as valves, pairs of flanges, etc.

The innovative idea of the so called eDIan (effiziente Dämmung von Industrieanlagen) university research project has the objective to develop a procedure which combines in one single operation the geometric data capture of the situation in a 3D STL or CAD file showing the situation “as built” with a thermographic data capture analysing the surface temperatures and resulting heat losses on the inspected plant equipment or complete installation. 

The geometrical recording of the plant can be carried out by means of laser scanning, either with a base station with a geometrically known position and/or a mobile hand-held scanning device which scans the surfaces without touching them. By combining the 3D scanner with a thermographic camera, the infrared measured surface temperatures can be attributed to 3D measured surface dimensions and, like this, complete the TIPCHECK audit in one go.

Furthermore, with this collected information, the actual heat losses can be calculated, and the sizes and dimensions of special shapes like valves available as STL or CAD files can be further processed to build the tailored insulation solutions to stop the energy waste and repair the existing system. One of the biggest challenges of the research project is to find how to embed this information automatically into existing planning software to build the specific solution like tailored insulation boxes on valves or pairs of flanges.

The research as such is led by Prof. Dr. Eng. Stefan Knoblach from the FHWS’s laboratory for engineering and industrial surveying and Prof. Dr. Eng. Winfried Wilke from the FHWS’s laboratory for technical metrology and experimental stress. Together with their dedicated team, including scientific worker Sabine Roman and the project coordinator Sebastian Fiedler, and with the support of the two Master students Georg Karl and Philipp Grümpel the first steps have already been made.

 

Left picture: Terrestrial 3D laser scan to digitalize the geometry. Middle picture: Thermographic image of the same object, hot areas are shown in red. Right image: Combination of 3D laser scan and thermographic image. Dimensions and temperatures of the object can be extracted from the measurement.


In its last meeting in 2016, the research project established a Steering Committee comprised by one representative of each partner and chaired by the EiiF Foundation Director Andreas Gürtler. The insulation experts (see picture below) and the University project team meet in regular workshops to give practical input, exchange experience and know-how and support that developments are very much focused on the TIPCHECK and insulation needs.

In this week’s workshop at the FHWS in Schweinfurt, on 15 and 16 February, the eDIan partners met and witnessed the first achievements, and further developed single working packages defining the next short to medium term goals:

  • Establish 3D semi-automatic elements from scanned uninsulated objects in an inexpensive and time efficient manner;
  • Develop a methodology to make quantitative temperature measurements on several hotspots in an existing installation.

After the workshop, the group of partners agreed that the research project is well on track but remains very challenging. We will further report about the progress of eDIan on the EiiF’s website and in our newsletter. Meanwhile, if you are interested to follow the developments of eDIan on a regular basis, please send an email to tipcheck@eiif.org with the subject “eDIan” and you will automatically receive regular updates on the project progress.









Back row from left to right: Jochen Falgner (FHWS), Marcel Kosch (FHWS), Andreas Gürtler (EiiF), Dr. Andreas Nuber (Wölfel), Prof. Stefan Knoblach (FHWS), Fred Kuhlmann (GWK) and Jan Zanen (VIB). Front row from left to right: Dr. Andreas Günell (Wölfel), Dr. Markus Scholz (Wölfel), Sebastian Fiedler (FHWS), Philipp Grümpel (FHWS), Georg Karl (FHWS), Peter Stulen (Hertel), Sabina Roman (FHWS), Prof. Winfried Wilke (FHWS), Thomas Ortlieb (G+H), Gyna Galvis (KAEFER) and Frank Jüngerhans (KAEFER):



Energy Efficiency First
EU Commission publishes “Clean Energy For All Europeans’ Package”.

Database DEEP with more than 2.700 industrial projects demonstrates the economic value of energy efficiency measures in EU industry.

Brussels, 30 November 2016 – The European Commission released its ‘Clean Energy For All Europeans’ Package. This includes legislative proposals to review the Union’s energy efficiency legislation.

The EU Commission proposes a binding 2030 energy efficiency target of 30% (before 27%) and sets Energy Efficiency first. Furthermore an extension of the EED’s main provisions, Article 7 including the obligation for member states to reduce their energy sales by 1,5% every year until 2050.

The Energy Efficiency First Principle builds on the simple truth that the cheapest energy is the one that we do not consume. The package therefore recommends that Energy efficiency should be considered as a source of energy in itself:

The value of Energy Efficiency for European citizens and the European Union is striking: 

  •  It is endless
  • It is available everywhere

And it is the most cost-effective way of achieving Energy Union objectives of:

  • Security of Energy Supply
  • Global Leadership in Renewables
  • Decarbonisation (Paris Climate Agreement)

…while promoting growth, jobs and investment.

Also today, the Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG), co-convened by the European Commission and UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), launched the De-risking Energy Efficiency Platform (DEEP): the largest pan-EU open-source database containing detailed information and analysis of over 7,800 industrial and buildings related energy efficiency projects (7.300 from Europe and 500 mainly from the US).

EiiF has contributed to DEEP with 64 waste heat recovery projects with rapid and attractive payback times, supporting very much the main message of DEEP for industrial Energy Efficiency projects:

Attractive returns with payback times of 2 years or even less can be expected making energy efficiency the most cost-effective fuel for industry.

In EiiF’s TIPCHECK Report “Harnessing the Potential of Industrial Insulation” released in May this year and already out in its second edition the average payback of all 180 Thermal Energy Audits was with 1,5 years even below the DEEP average results of only 2 years.

To learn more about TIPCHECK (Technical Insulation Performance Check) please click here.

About DEEP:

DEEP is a direct response to the EEFIG recommendation from its report “Energy Efficiency – the first fuel for the EU Economy: How to drive new finance for energy efficiency investments” of the need to better understand the real risks and benefits of energy efficiency investments based on market evidence and track record. By disclosing thousands of data points showing the real technical and financial data from a large number of implemented energy efficiency projects across the economy, the DEEP platform is a new source of operational risk management information, which will help project developers, financiers, and investors better assess the risks and benefits of energy efficiency investments across Europe.

Dominique Ristori, Director General for Energy at the European Commission, welcomes the launch of DEEP: "DEEP is an important element of our Clean Energy for all Europeans package, which aims to speed both the clean energy transition and growth and job creation. By disclosing the real benefits of energy efficiency projects, the DEEP platform will facilitate the mobilisation of private financing and help putting energy efficiency first. I encourage all project promoters and investors to support this initiative by sharing their data and performance track records."

DEEP Highlights the Strong Economic Rationale for Energy Efficiency in Europe

DEEP’s evidence from over 7,300 projects in Europe, and about 500 others, with an aggregate investment total of Euro 1.5 billion shows that the median avoidance cost of saving energy is very attractive (below EU energy prices and also delivering CO2 emissions reductions):

Euro 0.012 /kWh in industry!

Time to tap this potential and for industry to reduce energy cost by including Energy Efficiency measures not only into their financing strategies but first of all in their productions. Low hanging fruits like industrial insulation are offering a highly attractive first step.

For more questions regarding TIPCHECK and how Industrial Insulation could contribute to your business case, please click here.



August 2016
EiiF Newsletter - Summer Issue

Read in our EiiF Newsletter - Summer edition:


  •  Results of 180 industrial plants TIPCHECKed: Industry invests € 20 million in insulation to stop energy waste
  • FESI Championship 2016 at IEX attracts more visitors than ever before
  • TIPCHECK engineers exhibited at IEX Europe in Cologne
  • New Technical Consultant Luis López Brunner joins the EiiF Team
  • TIPCHECK programme and FESI CUI initiative land in Florida
  • Promat, Goebel, Kermann and Kymppi joined the EiiF
 
…and many more interesting topics.

Click on the following link and enjoy reading the EiiF Newsletter:

http://www.eiif.org/awm/downloads/EiiF_Newsletter%20-%20Summer%202016%281%29.pdf



May 2016
TIPCHECK engineers will exhibit at IEX in Cologne

The EiiF will offer its booth to active TIPCHECK engineers wishing to present their TIPCHECK activities to the professional visitors of the IEX trade held on 11-12 May in Cologne.

A total of 6 slots will be assigned amongst applicants according to availability (3 per day; morning, midday, afternoon). TIPCHECK engineers who have carried out more than 3 TIPCHECKs and would like to apply for a slot, please contact us by email (tipcheck@eiif.org) or phone (+41 22 99 500 -70).

Don’t miss this opportunity to market your TIPCHECK services from the EiiF pool position to the wide range of experts visiting IEX Europe.

Don’t forget that 3 out of 4 TIPCHECK audits are leading to an insulation investment, whilst delivering Competitiveness, Safety and Rapid Payback to your clients and Energy Savings, Energy Security and CO2 Emissions Reductions to all of us and the planet.




April 2016
Thermal Insulation: Making a Global Difference

The National Insulation Association (NIA) organises the next World Insulation and Acoustics Congress (WIACO) on 20-23 April 2016 in the beautiful coastal city of Boca Raton, Florida (USA). 

Under the theme, Thermal Insulation: Making a Global Difference, the Convention will demonstrate that through education and the collective participation of individuals, member companies, and industry associations, we can make a difference in our industry worldwide.

This year, both EiiF representatives and FESI members will attend the Congress - a unique chance to get in close contact with industry colleagues from all around the world.

As part of WIACO’s educational programme on Friday morning, the EiiF Vice-President and Senior TIPCHECK engineer Michele Mannucci and the Foundation Director Andreas Gürtler will give a presentation on the TIPCHECK Programme and its latest successes in Europe. On Saturday morning, FESI TTC Secretary Gabriel Boncalo will present the FESI CUI initiative.

 



December 2015
Industrial insulation ready to deliver significant contributions to the Energy Union and the Paris Climate Deal goal


November 2015
Industrial insulation ready to deliver significant contributions to the Energy Union

Press Release




September 2015
Energy and CO2 savings potential of industrial insulation in the Netherlands

NEW National Factsheet from the Netherlands




August 2015
Industry is unnecessarily wasting energy and losing money every minute it is operating

There is no lack of proof but definitely of awareness for the BAT insulation – But who is to blame?


By Andreas Gürtler, EiiF Foundation Director


It is not a secret anymore but still one of the most overlooked opportunities for industry, as well as for the European Union (EU) in general, that industrial insulation is a Best Available Technique offering multiple benefits. The EiiF therefore collected some of the most outstanding third party proof showing that industrial insulation is ready to deliver:

 

• Competitiveness,
• Rapid Payback,
• Energy Security,
• CO2 Emissions Reduction,
• Energy Efficiency and
• Safety.


The sources range from the EU official Best Available Reference Documents (BREFs) and the Energy Security Strategy of the European Commission to the study of the energy experts from Ecofys, the independent Energy Efficiency Report 2014 from the University of Milano (Politecnico di Milano), the industry magazine Process and the Climate Map of the international energy supplier Vattenfall*. 


Let’s start with COMPETITIVENESS: Already in 2012 Ecofys research and calculations showed that the European energy and cost savings potential of insulating bare surfaces to cost-effective levels and repairing damaged insulation across industrial sectors is 460 PJ. To tap into this potential it is required a one-time investment of €900 million which, at current prices, would reduce industry production costs by €3,5 billion every year.


This gives us an insight into how quick the PAYBACK for investments in industrial insulation can be: The average period of industrial insulation improvements is 1-2 years and it is easy to achieve compared to other Best Available Techniques. It can be even shorter depending on energy prices, energy losses and insulation costs.


But not only industry should jump on the cost-attractive industrial insulation energy savings potential. To achieve ENERGY SECURITY (secure the supply of energy) in the EU any technology has to become a ‘must be’ which is ready to reduce the current and unbelievably high imports of 53% resulting in energy costs for the European Union of €1 billion per day (around 400 billion in 2013). Just taking the insulation contribution, Europe could reduce for example its gas imports from Russia by up to 12,5%. Besides many other good reasons it becomes a very urgent need to tap the entire ‘ready to start’ potentials if we take into consideration that most of this energy is imported from countries without a well-developed democracy. Do we really want to continue to transfer billions of euros every year to those regimes?


At the end of this year in Paris, the United Nations Climate Change Conference will discuss ways to stop the global warming – by the way, June 2015 has been the hottest June ever worldwide. Industrial insulation could reduce very quickly the annual CO2 EMISSIONS by 49 Mt. This potential is equivalent to the emissions of 18 million middle class cars. What are we waiting for?


And what about ENERGY EFFICIENCY? According to the European Commission, “Member States should speed up measures to achieve the 2020 energy efficiency target, focusing on heating and insulation in particular in buildings and industry”. Why? Because it is expected that on current trends, the EU will achieve primary energy savings in 2020 in the range of 18-19%, corresponding to a gap of 20-40 Mtoe relative to the 20% target. The European industrial insulation savings potential could help to close this estimated gap by reducing the entire energy consumption in the EU by more or less the missing 1%.


If these arguments are still not convincing enough, there is still and finally one more to add which is maybe the most important one for industry and industrial workers, SAFETY: In the EU the share of equipment without insulation or with damaged insulation is conservatively estimated to be 10%, 6% and 2% for low- middle- and high-temperature surfaces respectively. Insulation of hot pipes, vessels, flanges or valves avoids hot surfaces and therefore increases safety and improves the working environment.


We strongly believe that now it is time for action. European industry is unnecessarily wasting energy and losing money every minute it is operating. However, before blaming industry and politicians for their lack of awareness and inactivity let’s get up ourselves and fight against it to overcome it.


We therefore ask all our EiiF members, to make TIPCHECK services and engineers one of their highest priority – don’t forget that 3 out of 4 TIPCHECK audits are leading to an insulation investment. It will be our insulation companies to benefit first growing their business whilst delivering Competitiveness, Safety and Rapid Payback to their clients and Energy Savings, Energy Security and CO2 Emissions Reductions to all of us and the planet.




* Sources:


§ "Climate protection with rapid payback”, Ecofys, 2012.

  www.eiif.org/?Studies/14


§ Ecofys/Gas in Focus, 2014.

  www.eiif.org/awm/downloads/Ecofys_GasInFocus_calculations.pdf


§ Energy Efficiency Report 2014” (Executive Summary), Politecnico di Milano, 2014.

  www.eiif.org/awm/downloads/EER2014%20Executive%20Summary.pdf 


§ European Energy Security Strategy”, European Commission, 2014.

  https://ec.europa.eu/energy/en/topics/energy-strategy/energy-security-strategy


§ Reference Document on Best Available Techniques for Energy Efficiency” (BREF), European Commission, 2009.

  http://eippcb.jrc.ec.europa.eu/reference/ene.html


§ The Plants New Clothes”, Process Worldwide, 2-2015.

  www.eiif.org/awm/downloads/The%20Plant%20s%20New%20Clothes.pdf


§ Vattenfall’s Climate Map 2030”, 2007.

  www.eiif.org/awm/downloads/Vattenfalls_climateMAP.pdf




June 2015
Potential energy and CO2 savings of industrial insulation materials in the EU

Kaimann GmbH has issued "Technical Insulation 2015 - Requirements, Trends and Potential”, a publication in which renowned experts deal with topics such as energy efficiency and conservation, fire protection, certification, facility planning, logistics, etc.

Don’t miss the article by Andreas Gürtler, Foundation Director of the EiiF, on climate protection and potential energy and CO2 savings of industrial insulation materials in the EU.



May 2015
The Plant's New Clothes

Click on the image below to read the article by Wolfgang Ernhofer on how modern insulation systems improve energy efficiency, published in the Process Worldwide magazine: 

Source: Process Worldwide, April 2015, Volume 17.




April 2015
Efficient insulation in industry ready to deliver the missing 1% to EU targets

| 1 April 2015 | European Energy Innovation has just published its Spring 2015 issue focused on energy efficiency in buildings and industry. Don't miss the EiiF article on industrial insulation:

Source: http://www.europeanenergyinnovation.eu/OnlinePublication/Spring2015/index.html#p=26




February 2015
Ways to Drive More Finance for Energy Efficiency Investments

EEFIG report identifies success factors, new policies and financing solutions

| Brussels, Belgium, 26 February 2015 | Today, the Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) co-convened by the European Commission and UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) launched its final report “Energy Efficiency – the first fuel for the EU Economy: How to drive new finance for energy efficiency investments”. The EEFIG report identifies the critical success factors, policies, market instruments and financing solutions to increase energy efficiency investments in Europe in the buildings, industry and SME sectors. The international landmark study is the result of 16 months of work of more than 120 active participants representing finance, policy makers, the buildings sector, industry, SMEs and energy efficiency market participants.

European Commission Vice President, Maroš Šefčovič welcomed the launch of the report with the following words: "Investing into energy efficiency measures in buildings, industry and in SMEs is fundamentally important for Europe. I will strive to ensure that energy efficiency investment financing is looked at in our forthcoming policies and that this Report will be used as inspiration for our further work."

Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UNEP, Achim Steiner underlines that: "Scaling up energy efficiency investment has become an economic imperative with a strong social, environmental and competitive rationale. And while European industry remains a global leader in energy efficiency, investment flows in the sector remain sub-optimal. Only half of the estimated 60 -100 billion Euros annual investment required to achieve Europe's 2020 energy efficiency targets in buildings is being met. The joint efforts by the EU and UNEP’s FI to build a healthy dialogue among stakeholders and disseminate know-how have the potential to unleash private investment to the scale required to meet future ambitions and obligations."

EEFIG Underscores the Strategic Relevance of Energy Efficiency for Europe


EEFIG’s report states that energy efficiency investment is the most cost effective manner to reduce the EU’s reliance, and expenditure, on energy imports costing over €400 billion a year. Today, this makes energy efficiency investments strategically important due to high levels of energy imports, energy price instability and the need for Europe to transition to a competitive low carbon and resilient economy. EEFIG’s members see energy efficiency investing as having a fundamental and beneficial role to play in the transition towards a more competitive, secure and sustainable energy system with an internal energy market at its core.

EEFIG Sees Priority Role for Energy Efficiency Investments in EFSI as a Pillar of Energy Union

EEFIG participants believe that the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) should put energy efficiency first and that it is essential in the context of the Energy Union to reframe the role that energy efficiency plays in how Europe plans for, finances, and constructs its energy system.

Member States have a clear role to play in pursuing the necessary structural reforms, exercise fiscal responsibility, provide regulatory certainty and boost investment in support of jobs and growth. In this context, energy efficiency is the first fuel because it is competitive, cost effective to produce; it is widely available and delivers multiple benefits to project hosts and national economies. For these reasons, EEFIG considers that the Investment Plan should include a clear focus on improving the energy productivity of Europe as a key driver of growth. In doing this, Europe can unlock the multiple benefits of energy efficiency investments including energy security, competitiveness, social and territorial cohesion, job creation, well-being and greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

A Historic level of Public-private Collaboration is Required

EEFIG Rapporteur Peter Sweatman underlined that a historic level of public-private collaboration is required to deliver multiples of existing energy efficiency investment flows by 2030: “The EEFIG report identifies various financial instruments that need to be scaled up, and makes a strong case for using public funds to blend with private sector investment to address the risks and achieve the scale of financing needed”; he added “Our report connects the right financial instruments with enabling policies in specific sub-sectors for EU buildings, industry and for SMEs.”

Presently, there are insufficient public and private investments in energy efficiency in buildings, industry and in SMEs. If this trend continues then EU Member States are at risk of missing their 2020, and longer-term, energy efficiency targets and their economies will be deprived from the boost energy efficiency investment can provide. EEFIG estimates that a five-fold increase in private energy efficiency investments in European buildings is required by 2030. The scale-up of smart financial instruments is required and that they must be tailored, by sub-sector, to encourage a long-term and cost effective reduction of energy use in Europe’s buildings, industry and SMEs.

EEFIG’s Report Presents 19 Recommended Market and Policy Actions in Four Strategic Areas

In its report EEFIG identifies the need to engage multiple stakeholder groups, scale-up the use of several financial instruments within a clear and enforced “carrot and stick” legislative framework and identifies 19 recommended market and policy actions in four strategic areas:

  • Market
  • Economic
  • Financial
  • Institutional

Many specific approaches and instruments that have proven to encourage investments and overcome market barriers are identified and developed within the chapters of the EEFIG report both for buildings and industry which directly address the concerns of financial institutions and markets participants and also focus on the needs of SMEs. The scaling up of these successful approaches and removal of these barriers will require an active structural reform agenda, as well as parallel market participant engagement, that can deliver economies of scale to drive down costs and improve supply capacity and ensure new opportunities for business and investment growth across all Member States.

Furthermore, the EEFIG report identifies 15 financial instruments for energy efficiency investing and assesses their use and potential in the various buildings and industry sub-sectors together with relevant case studies that illustrate best practice applications of each instrument within EU Member States as well as highlighting certain key benefits and challenges which each of the instruments face.


The EiiF is member of the Energy Efficiency Financial Institution Group and it was amongst the different stakeholders and organizations who participated in the report. 
  • Download a copy of the report by clicking here.



January 2015
2014 - a successful year for EiiF
14 new members and more than 100 TIPCHECK engineers!

2014 has been a key year in terms of achievements which have contributed to a successful development of the Foundation. The EiiF has notably increased its activities throughout Europe, building awareness on the multiple benefits of industrial insulation, especially when it comes to meeting targets on energy efficiency, energy savings and emission reductions within the European Union.

A total of 14 new members joined the EiiF in 2014. As a result, the EiiF has grown up to 57 members and more than 40 CEOs and senior managers attended the last General Assembly in Brussels in September.

Furthermore, after 12 trainings, currently offered in 3 different languages (English, French and German), we have now more than 100 certified TIPCHECK engineers helping Industry to reduce energy losses, CO2 emissions and production costs.

In fact, the first evaluation of 85 TIPCHECKs carried out until 2014 has identified energy savings of 200,000 – 400,000 MWh per year and up to 7 million euros savings. The 85 insulation audits were carried out in Europe across several energy intensive industrial sectors (i.e. chemical plants, refineries, processing plants, food and beverage, etc.). The EiiF aims to publish this year its first official TIPCHECK report which will gather all detailed information and conclusions drawn from at least 100 TIPCHECKs.

But the first evaluation already gives a positive perspective with the following findings:
  • 75%of the TIPCHECKs lead to insulation investments – in total more than 5 million EUR,
  • 140,000 EUR was the average investment in insulation to tap the TIPCHECK identified energy savings potentials,
  • The usual payback periods for these investments in insulation were 1 to 2 years.







In other words, industry can realize important energy and financial savings putting more attention to improved insulation maintenance. Yet, in the industrial sector such a potential is usually being untapped despite being cost-effective to implement. Unfortunately, industry still treats industrial insulation more like a necessary evil rather than one of the most cost-attractive Best Available Techniques (BAT). And besides all these positive aspects, this first TIPCHECK evaluation also shows that about 25% of the insulation users whose plants were TIPCHECKed refused any improvement, still accepting unnecessary energy losses and production costs.

Therefore, it is a crucial task for the EiiF to continuously highlight the energy and cost savings potential of sustainable insulation solutions with decision makers from the economic and political field. The Foundation and our supporting members are looking forward to continue and further increase this engagement in 2015.

“With this perspective in mind we want to send a big thank-you to all our members and active TIPCHECK engineers for their commitment and contribution to the successful development of the EiiF Foundation! Together with you, We Power Sustainability.”



October 2014
Energy Efficiency: Going Beyond Energy Savings
IEA publishes the multiple benefits of Energy Efficiency

According to the results of the latest study published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the European Union (EU) is not doing enough in order to save energy, guarantee the energy security and protect the environment.

The handbook, entitled Capturing the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency, provides reliable data to confirm that the benefits of energy efficiency go beyond energy savings. Therefore, energy efficiency can also bring other benefits such as economic growth and expansion, social development, sustainable climate protection and greater energy security. Over 300 international experts took part in the roundtables, research and consultation process held to gather input to the publication. The European Industrial Insulation Foundation (EiiF) contributed to the study within the Industrial Productivity chapter.

With regard to this field, the study points out that “industry often views energy as an operational cost; energy savings are perceived as incidental benefits of other investments rather than as a central value-generating proposition. Yet, industrial energy efficiency measures deliver substantial benefits in  addition to energy cost savings – enhancing competitiveness, profitability, production and product quality, and improving the working environment while also reducing costs for  operation and maintenance, and for environmental compliance. Introducing multiple benefits can help to better align energy efficiency with strategic business priorities, thereby strengthening the business case for investment. The value of the productivity and operational benefits derived can be up to 2.5 times (250%) the value of energy savings (depending on the value and context of the investment). Including such productivity outcomes in financial cost assessment frameworks can substantially reduce the payback period for energy efficiency investment, in some cases from four years to one year.”

In this respect, it can be noted that such a quotation suits industrial insulation to a tee:

  •  Saves energy: industrial insulation can help European industry to reduce its annual fuel consumption by 620 PJ (~ the energy consumption of 10 million households).
  • Saves money: insulating bare surfaces to cost-effective levels and repairing damaged insulation in industry EU-wide requires initial investments of about 0.9 billion euros. This one-time investment would represent an energy savings potential of about 460 PJ, which at current prices would save industry 3.5 billion euros every year.
  • Offers rapid paybacks: payback times for the investments are usually less than one year (“invest once, save every year”).
  • Contributes to a cleaner environment through reduced CO2 emissions: industrial insulation would contribute to reduce the annual emissions by 49 million tonnes of CO2 (~ the CO2 emissions of 18 million cars).
  • Improves process efficiency.
  • Brings workplace improvements.
The EU is committed to secure the supply of energy and ensure that energy prices remain stable, urging its Members States to be energy efficient. However, DG Energy has already announced an expected gap of 1–2% regarding its 20% targets. Furthermore, the EU is highly dependent on energy from abroad, importing 53% of all the energy it consumes at a cost of more than one billion euros per day. Figures like these mean that Europe can be vulnerable to external energy shocks. Meanwhile, European industrial facilities are also wasting energy and losing money every minute they are operating.

Industrial insulation could cost-effectively reduce the EU’s energy consumption by 0.5–1% (= 460–620 PJ). Likewise, it could also reduce Europe’s dependency on Russian gas imports by 9–12.5% (100% = 4932 PJ/1370 TWh). Industrial insulation proves once again to be one of the Best Available Technique which can improve the bottom line of businesses while reducing energy consumption and associated emissions, building up competitiveness, maintaining profitability and improving the working environment and the production process.



September 2014
Kraków: host city for the next industrial insulation championship, conference and exhibition
The who is who of Europe’s insulation industry is expected to meet in Kraków, Poland, on 17-19 September. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to attend the 3 important insulation events taking place at the newly opened International Exhibition and Convention Centre EXPO Kraków.

FESI Insulation Apprentice Championship 2014

Every two years, the European Federation of Associations of Insulation Contractors (FESI) organizes the Apprentice Competition in one of its member countries with the aim of promoting high standards and quality in insulation and cladding work and providing recognition of the quality of the craftsmanship of the competitors. This year, the championship will take place in Kraków (Poland) on 17-19 September. The national champions of all the 16 FESI member countries have been invited to participate in the competition.

4INSULATION International Trade Fair of Industrial Insulation


The 4INSULATION International Trade Fair will take place in Kraków, Poland, a country which has currently one of the biggest market potentials for insulation. Furthermore it is the first and only trade fair on industrial insulation in Eastern Europe, opening the door to its growing markets and serving as a platform to present latest products and services, share experiences and networking.

HEAT not LOST Conference


The HEAT not LOST Conference invites specialists to discuss, learn and cover issues such as energy efficiency powered by insulation, thermal insulation solutions for the energy sector and, last but not least, insulation system design and execution innovations.

All these events will gather professionals from the insulation industry as well as trainees in the profession. It will be a great opportunity for the decision makers from energy, chemical and petrochemical industries, energy auditors, conservators of insulation installations and machine parts and maintenance specialists to get to know the newest achievements in the industry and to establish fruitful business relations.



July 2014
Industrial insulation high on the EU’s energy security agenda
The European Union (EU) is committed to secure the supply of energy and ensure that energy prices remain stable, urging its Members States to be energy efficient.

In this respect, the European Commission adopted the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED). The EED sets up a common framework of measures for the promotion of energy efficiency within the EU-28 in order to ensure the achievement of the Union’s 2020 targets to reduce energy consumption by 20%. In particular, article 7 and article 8 of the EED compel each EU country to establish an energy efficiency obligation scheme and to promote energy audits and energy management systems, respectively. Member States had to notify by 5 December 2013 their plans, proposed measures and detailed methodologies for the implementation. As early as last month –concretely by 5 June– most of the provisions of the EED had to be implemented by the Member States.

Moreover, the EU has further strengthened its commitment after the political crisis in Ukraine. In fact, on 21 May 2014, the European Commission hosted a high-level conference on Energy Security, in which representatives from Member States, non-EU governments –including members of companies, regulators, associations and think-tanks relevant to the energy sector– and personalities such as the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the Commissioner for Energy, Günther H. Oettinger, attended to discuss ways to cut down the EU’s dependence on energy.

Andreas Gürtler, Foundation Director of the European Industrial Insulation Foundation (EiiF), was invited to the conference and contributed with a clear and concise presentation on minimising energy loss in industrial processes by sustainable insulation solutions in EU industry.

Following the conference, an EU energy security strategy based on an in-depth study of Member States' energy dependence was released by the European Commission.

According to the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on 28 May 2014 about the European Energy Security Strategy, Members States should “speed up measures to achieve the 2020 energy efficiency target, focusing on heating and insulation in particular in buildings and industry”.

Such a context leads to great perspectives for industrial insulation. The obligations to be carried out and the necessity of being energy efficient give cause for a market demand for energy audits –such as TIPCHECK– and the opportunity to promote industrial insulation as one of the most cost-attractive Best Available Techniques to save energy offering rapid payback and multiple benefits.

Photos: http://ec.europa.eu/


May 2014
Paybacks in less than a year: national reports on the cost savings potential of industrial insulation
| Brussels, 8 May 2014 | The European Industrial Insulation Foundation has published the latest figures on the cost and energy savings potential of industrial insulation in 7 European countries.

The 7 country specific factsheets identify the yearly potentials of industrial insulation in terms of energy saved (in PJ) and emission reduction (in Mt CO2) in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. They also address the crucial topics of finance and payback outlining the initial investments needed to tap the potential and the millions of euros of return that could be saved by industry every year.

The savings potential of industrial insulation is large and exists across all regions and sectors.

The factsheets are based on the Ecofys report “Climate protection with rapid payback”. In 2012 the report had already identified a European industrial insulation annual energy savings potential of 620 PJ (equivalent to the energy consumption of 10 million households) and an annual CO2 reductions potential of 49 Mt (equivalent to the CO2 emissions of 18 million cars). Payback times for investments to tap into these large potentials are very rapid and usually less than 1 year.

“European industry is losing energy and money every day. Industrial insulation is one of the most cost effective solutions available on the market to reduce energy consumption, mitigate the impact of spiking energy costs and enhance the global competitiveness of European industry. It is a business opportunity that no industry with large energy using facilities should ignore” said EiiF Foundation Director Andreas Gürtler.

National factsheets available here

Report: Climate protection with rapid payback, June 2012

Press Release - For immediate Release available here
 


February 2014
First TIPCHECK refresher training & First Senior TIPCHECK engineers

On 6 and 7 February, the EiiF organized the first TIPCHECK refresher training for TIPCHECK engineers at FIW München Laboratories, in Munich (Germany).

The EiiF congratulates the first Senior TIPCHECK engineers who attended the course and received their certificate!

One of the requirements for becoming a TIPCHECK engineer is to participate in a refresher course every three years, thus engineers refresh and update their knowledge and share their TIPCHECK experiences and know-how.

Likewise, at the end of this two-days training, they have the opportunity to become Senior TIPCHECK engineers. The minimum requirements to receive the Senior TIPCHECK engineer certificate are:

  • Possess an existing and valid TIPCHEK engineer certification.
  • Successful participation in a refresher training.
  • Proven TIPCHECK activity: At least two (larger) TIPCHECK audits/reports or five smaller TIPCHECK audits/reports.

All TIPCHECK engineers who fulfil the above-mentioned requirements receive a Senior TIPCHECK engineer certificate and are listed as "Senior" on the TIPCHECK engineer list.

Good to know:
To become a Senior TIPCHECK engineer has no extra costs, since the certification as Senior and the participation in the refresher trainigs is already included in the annual TIPCHECK licence fee.



January 2014
Roundatble on national advocacy promoting industrial insulation in the context of the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive

FESI (the European Federation of Associations of Insulation Contractors), in close collaboration with the EiiF, carried out a Roundtable on national advocacy promoting industrial insulation in the context of the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive. The meeting was hold in Milano, on 9 & 10 January 2014.

It was an enriching experience since, after the EiiF gave an overview of the industrial insulation situation in Europe, representatives from ten different countries —France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the UK—
actively participated giving a presentation on the situation in their own countries, as well as sharing and explaining the different national activities undertaken by their respective associations to promote industrial insulation.

On the second day, three external energy experts were invited to present in detail the planned actions in Italy: Prof Vittorio Chiesa and Prof Davide Chiaroni from the Energy & Strategy Group of the Milano Politecnico University, with whom the Italian association ANICTA is closely cooperating; and Dr Alessandro Federici, an expert in the monitoring of energy efficiency policies at the Technical Unit for Energy Efficiency of ENEA (the Italian National Agenc for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development).

As a consequence of this fruitful meeting, the idea of organizing a workshop with the different National Energy Agencies in order to build awareness on energy efficiency solutions, to promote energy audits such as TIPCHECK and to define the steps that need to be followed was thoroughly developed. The Milano Politecnico University offered to host this workshop.   



December 2013
Roundtable on Industrial Insulation and Energy Efficiency
The European Industrial Insulation Foundation (EiiF) organized a successful and high-level Roundtable on Industrial Insulation and Energy Efficiency on 28 November 2013 in Brussels, in order to hear and share views on cost and energy savings, increased competitiveness, short payback, implementation of art 8 of the Energy Efficiency Directive, energy audits and the EiiF TIPCHECK methodology.

Click on here to read the complete report.

Watch the statements made after the Roundtable by:
1.    Claude Turmes, Member of the European Parliament
2.   
Kornelis Blok, Director of Science of Ecofys
3.   Andreas Gürtler, EiiF Foundation Director



November 2013
Insulation could save industry €3.5 billion a year
Better insulation could shave 4% off European industry’s total fuel consumption and emissions bill, a sum worth €3.5 billion a year, says an unpublished report by the Ecofys consultancy.

Click on here to read the complete article of the EiiF published in EurActiv.


September 2013
Successful TIPCHECK training in Munich
Within the framework of its TIPCHECK Programme, the European Industrial Insulation Foundation (EiiF) organized the 7th TIPCHECK training in Munich last week. A total of 14 participants of different nationalities took part in this training course to learn how to perform high quality thermal energy audits. TIPCHECKs quantify the amount of energy and money that an industrial facility is losing with its current insulation system (including uninsulated parts).

The EiiF congratulates the 14 new TIPCHECK engineers who passed the test and received their certificate.
 
TIPCHECK engineers using the new TIPCHECK calculator software identify savings potentials for their clients. In tailor-made audits, TIPCHECKs evaluate systems and very often find cost-effective insulation solutions with payback times of just one year.
 
The first TIPCHECK experiences found huge savings potential. For instance, a TIPCHECK performed on a chemical plant in France identified annual savings of up to 12,600,000 kWh/a and 505,000 EUR/a. As another example, the annual savings detected in a Belgian refinery were of 1,370,000 kWh/a and 36,640 EUR/a.

To find out more case studies from Europe, click on TIPCHECK examples >>


June 2013
EU Energy Efficiency Target for 2020 Out of Reach

The latest estimates of the EU Commission show a wide gap between the 20-20-20 targets and projected reality by 2020. Responsible for this gap is a still by far too high energy consumption in EU, as well as a lack of awareness for the existing energy efficiency potentials.

The last World Energy Outlook from the International Energy Agency concludes that two-thirds of the economic potential to improve energy efficiency will remain untapped between now and 2035.

Thermal insulation is one of these overlooked cost-effective energy efficiency measures that can significantly contribute to the reduction of the EU’s energy consumption. In the Ecofys report “Climate Protection with Rapid Payback” the energy experts identify a considerable energy and CO2 savings potential related to improved thermal insulation in industry. This study shows that proper insulation can help European industry reduce its annual fuel consumption by 620 petajoules (roughly equivalent to the annual energy consumption of 10 million households) and annual emissions by 49 million tons of CO2 (the equivalent to 18 million cars).

“With just better maintenance and consistent insulation of industrial applications, about two thirds of the energy and emission savings potential could be tapped,” says Kornelis Blok, Director of Science at Ecofys. “And since insulation investments will usually be paid back in less than one year, this is also a great business opportunity.”

And there are more good news: As the graph shows, the EU is on the right track when it comes to cutting CO2 levels and increasing renewable energy sources.



Background

The European Union has set up the so-called 20-20-20 targets with the aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, reduce energy consumption by 20% and increase the use of renewable energy by 20%. In order to ensure the achievement of these challenging targets, a new Directive on Energy Efficiency was adopted in October last year. This Directive establishes a framework of legally binding measures to promote energy efficiency within all EU member states. The transposition deadline for all nations is in one year: 5 June 2014.

Download the full EiiF/Ecofys report here >

Two-thirds of the economic potential to improve energy efficiency remains untapped in the period to 2035 (IEA WEO 2012):



January 2013
EiiF joins CEN-CENELEC Sector Forum “Energy Management”
In January 2013 the European Industrial Insulation Foundation became member of the Sector Forum 'Energy Management' of the European Standards Organizations CEN and CENELEC. The Sector Forum was created in 2006 as a joint platform to develop a common general strategy for the improvement of energy efficiency standardization.

The role of the forum is to bring together experts from different sectors, such as electricity, buildings and environment, as well as all stakeholders concerned by energy efficiency, energy management and renewables (i.e. NGOs, consumers associations, EC reps, professional federations) to discuss and exchange information on national and/or sectorial initiatives, best practices and innovative technologies and to provide guidance to introduce energy management in standardization work.

The EiiF brings in expertise and know-how in the field of industrial insulation which is a Best Available Technique for energy efficiency.

The latest EiiF/Ecofys study “Climate Protection with Rapid Payback” identifies a major energy and CO2 savings potential of industrial insulation. It can help European industry to reduce its total fuel consumption by 620 PJ and emissions by 49 million tons of CO2. This total annual energy savings potential of 620 PJ is equivalent to the energy consumption of 10 million households; the annual CO2 reductions potential of 49 Mt is equivalent to the CO2 emissions of 18 million cars.


For more information please contact EiiF >

The report and translated summaries are available here >


 
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