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Global Insulation speaks with Foundation Director Andreas Gürtler about the EiiF’s activities
in particular its effective TIPCHECK tests…

Read the interview with EiiF’s Foundation Director Andreas Gürtler published in the September 2018 issue of Global Gypsum Magazine (pages 37-39).

Coinciding with the Global Insulation Conference that took place in Vienna (Austria) on 25-26 September, this issue also includes an enlarged Global Insulation Section and presents a detailed run-down of the EU insulation sector by country, producer and insulation type.

Global Gypsum Magazine - September 2018

Enjoy reading : - )

About Global Gypsum Magazine:

Global Gypsum Magazine is recognised as the world's leading journal for the gypsum industry, focusing on gypsum materials production from around the world with country-specific market information, state of the art technology from the leading manufacturers, case studies from around the world and news from the global gypsum industry and the global insulation industry.”

Get yourself certified as a TIPCHECK engineer
Download our new and updated TIPCHECK brochure

The EiiF has issued a new and updated TIPCHECK brochure.

The brochure presents the TIPCHECK Programme and how to become an EiiF certified TIPCHECK engineer.

It also explains the multiple benefits of TIPCHECKs and includes relevant information about the training such as the course curriculum, requirements to participate, timetable and fees.

The EiiF trains thermal energy auditors to help industry to save energy, reduce CO2 emissions and production costs. Until today, the TIPCHECK Programme has already resulted in EU-wide annual energy savings of more than 550.000 MWh/year and reductions of more than 450.000 t CO2 (the equivalent to the annual energy consumption of 44.000 households and the greenhouse gas emissions of 90.000 cars).

Download the brochure:

EiiF presented at eceee’s Industrial Efficiency 2018
How motivation and digitalisation can drive behaviour change in industry

| Berlin, 11 – 13 June 2018 | The EiiF has participated in the Industrial Efficiency 2018 conference organized by the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (eceee). By organizing an event like this, exclusively dedicated to energy in industry, eceee wants to make sure that industrial efficiency gets the attention it deserves and that the huge savings potentials within the industry sector are being tapped.

In this spirit, Andreas Gürtler, EiiF Foundation Director, did a presentation on “How motivation and digitalisation can drive behaviour change in industry”. The presentation showed how the combination of motivation programmes with the use of digital reporting tools can help to change the behaviour of workers and asset owners towards energy efficiency.

Following the principle: “You don’t know, what you don’t know, until you know” and based on the TIPCHECK experiences, the EiiF is developing a digital tool for asset owners and their employees to inspect their own facilities for energy efficiency potentials like insulation potentials, switch off machine potentials (reporting if and when machines are running without producing), safety issues (e.g. too high surface temperatures, blocked emergency exits, etc.) and general risks and failures (like leakage or corrosion detection).

Download the full presentation here.

German ZDB Team wins the FESI Championship 2018
10 two-person teams from 9 different European countries competed in the Championship

| May 2018 | Cologne (Germany), by FESI

The winners of the FESI European Championship on 16 & 17 May 2018 in Cologne were:

  • First prize

Balàzs Kis and Marvin Heindl, from the German association ZDB.

  • Second prize

Kevin Gräb and David Jelusic, from the German association Hauptverband der Deutschen Bauindustrie e.V.

  • Third Prize

Krzysztof Bigos and Grzegorz Machota, from the Polish association Polskie Stowarzyszenie Wykonawców Izolacji Przemysłowych.

The FESI Championship 2018 was in Cologne (Germany) on 16th – 17th May. The competition took place at the IEX (Insulation Expo Euro), the world’s largest insulation exhibition, gathering the leading manufacturers, distributors, processors and constructors.

This year, 10 two-person teams from 9 different European countries competed in the Championship to be awarded first prize: Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland and UK.

The jury consisted of four well-experienced judges: Ornando Keerveld from The Netherlands, Craig Swallow from UK, Ernst Schöfbeck from Austria, and Walter Riering from Germany. They were impressed by the quality of the insulation work performed by all participating teams. The apprentices showed in the competition that with their experience they are on the right track toward developing their professional career in the insulation field.

[Picture by: Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH]

EiiF receives Best Presentation Award
of the 12th Global Insulation Conference, Exhibition and Awards.
| Krakow, 26 September 2017 | EiiF Foundation Director Andreas Gürtler has received Best Presentation Award of the 12th Global Insulation Conference, Exhibition and Awards

Click here to download the presentation "TIPCHECK Experience - POTENTIAL ENERGY SAVINGS IN EUROPE USING INSULATION. First lessons from industrial energy audits".

New TIPCHECK engineers on board!
Registration for the TIPCHECK training in November is now open

The EiiF congratulates the new engineers who passed the test and received their certificate on 20-23 June 2017. And wishes them a lot of success with their first TIPCHECKs!

Certified as TIPCHECK engineers:

  • Azanie AZMI (ROCKWOOL Asia)
  • Benjamin MOISAND (Saint-Gobain ISOVER)
  • Edward van ENGELENHOVEN (Saint-Gobain ISOVER)
  • Johan HOGENBOOM (Bilfinger Industrial Services)
  • Maxim NOVIKOV (Saint-Gobain Construction Products RUS LLC)
  • Nattapol SRETTIWAT (ROCKWOOL (Thailand) Limited)

Certified as TIPCHECK auditor:

  • York-Alexander BATSCH (KAEFER Isoliertechnik GmbH & Co. KG)

This group also stood out because of the variety of nationalities, with participants coming from Malaysia, Russia and Thailand in addition to other European countries, showing the level of internationalization that TIPCHECK is achieving.

Not a TIPCHECK engineer yet?

Registration for the TIPCHECK training in November is open!

Join us in Munich (Germany) on 7--10 November (in English) and learn how to perform standardized high quality thermal energy audits and to get your TIPCHECK engineer certification.

The course consists of three and a half days training with both theoretical and practical lessons, including a training session in the FIW München research laboratories and a full TIPCHECK simulation.

Furthermore, all TIPCHECK engineers get a license to use the TIPCHECK calculation software. Almost all materials from our member companies can easily be imported into the TIPCHECK calculator, which also provides the function to calculate heat losses based on the measured surface temperatures.

Check if you meet the requirements for becoming a TIPCHECK engineer and register now!

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 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.

:: The Benefits of Industrial Insulation
:: Film: The Insulator
:: Agenda
TIPCHECK Course (in English) Munich (Germany)
13-17 May 2019
European Industrial Insulation Foundation
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1196 Gland, Switzerland
Tel.: +41 22 99 500 70
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