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How does energy waste look like in industrial refrigeration?

We continue industrial refrigeration optimization project aimed at energy consumption reduction without compromise of refrigeration capacity. At first stage we study the system. Study through direct observation and through analysis of directly measured energy consumption data on all parts of the refrigeration system - from compressors to condenser fans and pumps. This data in combination [...]

What makes energy efficiency projects fail?

We all agree that Energy Management is important, even C-levels agree. Still too often it's not done. Why is that? This 2003 article - Overcoming Barriers to Effective Energy Management in Industrial Settings - names several barriers which I list below with my comments : Lack of Organizational Commitment If senior management is not committed to [...]

Energy savings generate 20x more profit than sales

Energy savings are small and unimpactful ...  except  they go directly to profit. How much a company has to produce, sell and ship to make the same profit? With a typical profit margin in manufacturing hovering around 5%, to generate $100K profit a company must sell $100K/5%=$2 mln worth of product. It's 2 weeks of work [...]

How has 3M Canada cut energy use by 32%? Part 3: 3M’s 3 pillars of energy management

In this post we shall continue describing how 3M has achieved outstanding energy cost reduction results. These publication has resulted from interview with Andrew Hejnar, Energy Manager of 3M Canada. This post follows previous publications: Part 1: How does 3M take big energy decisions Part 2: Energy standards increase savings Being a leader [...]

How has 3M Canada cut energy use by 32%? Part 2: Energy standards increase savings

In this post we continue describing how 3M has achieved outstanding energy cost reduction results. These publication has resulted from interview with Andrew Hejnar, Energy Manager of 3M Canada. This post follows the previous publication: Part 1: How does 3M take big energy decisions 3M adheres to best practices to increase energy [...]

How has 3M Canada cut energy use by 32%? Part 1: Big energy decisions

3M is recognised as a world leader in energy efficiency, hands down. Since 2008, the company has reduced energy use by 32%. This result by far exceeds the 20% reduction goal, aspired by many companies. How does 3M work with energy? What can other companies learn from their experience? I brought these questions to [...]

Why energy managers are not valued in the boardroom and How to change this

As an energy manager you work hard to keep energy cost in check. But do you get due recognition of results? A typical energy manger has to master lots of skills: come up with energy efficiency ideas, evaluate dozens of offers on energy saving tools, products and services, manage contractors, oversee implementation of energy conservation [...]

How much will energy audit save us?

During a recent meeting with prospect's CFO this exact question has come up: How much energy will energy audit save our bakery? A fair question coming from CFO: his job is to ensure that all investments generate value for the company. A direct question deserves a direct answer: Energy Audit will save you none. [...]

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“Hungry fridge ate more than me”

My friend Andrew once learned that he was paying twice as much for electricity than his neighbour across the street. Similar house, similar family, similar lifestyle, same utility ... but neighbour paid $200 a month, while Andrew paid $400. So Andrew decided to tackle the issue. He invited a utility rep to do a walk [...]

Energy management lessons from Dofasco

This post continues the Learning from the Big series about the ways big industrial companies of Ontario deal with energy management. I spoke with Michael Cortese, Energy Manager of ArcelorMittal Dofasco, located in Hamilton. Role of utilities in your business? Utilities are the major cost; they comprise 20%–25% of the direct costs of production. The [...]