Themed Week Energy Efficiency: Energy savings lead to reduced costs

Energy savings can be expensive at first, making the investment in energy management systems pays off in many ways. Many companies have realized that.
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An increasing number of companies are adopting measures to save energy. In their efforts, these companies focus on protecting the environment and reducing costs. Whereas converting to an energy-saving system can be expensive at first, making the investment pays off in many ways.

Germany in particular has many legal requirements for achieving energy savings, which, in turn, means installing an energy management system (EMS) makes sense as well. Both energy-saving systems and energy-management systems offer dairy companies numerous advantages. No matter what the energy source selected by a company, most energy costs can be reduced by using such systems because of the overall energy savings they generate.

Selective investments for energy savings

Dairy companies can save energy in many areas, including steam generation, hot water production, pressurized air, electric motors, refrigeration, and air-conditioning. Those responsible for operations and technology generally know that much can be gained by targeting these areas for energy savings. In practice, however, investments in defining objectives are lacking and false expectations about the amortization period abound— i.e., the time it takes until the investment becomes profitable. At the same time, more and more companies have come to recognize that being “green” is worthwhile, whether to improve their public image, employ sustainable production practices, or even to just realize significant savings. It all boils down to making the right compromise. By now, we should all be seeing environmental and business concerns as one and the same issue: The two go hand in hand.

Energy management systems for the dairy industry

To successfully implement an energy-management system in a dairy company, it’s essential to have precise information about the current state of the utilities that supply the energy. This is an area normally reserved for specialists because accurately determining the plant’s overall electricity consumption as well as the conditions pertaining to energy generation is no small matter. The resulting volume of data falls entirely in the realm of big data. Here on the drinktec blog you can learn more about what to consider when measuring energy consumption in the dairy industry. A tailor-made implementation concept carried out by experts will provide you with an overview of all possible economically viable investment opportunities that will help your business save money. The rest is then up to you: Take action and implement the changes!

Energy management at drinktec

At the upcoming drinktec event, energy management will be in the spotlight. Many exhibitors will especially focus on sustainability and saving energy. They look forward to speaking with visitors about the various opportunities businesses can leverage by taking steps to save energy. If you are bringing concrete questions with you to drinktec, take a moment to plan how you spend your time at the event. All relevant information you may need can be found in the exhibitor database and in the supporting program.

Roland Sossna

The trained dairy expert, agricultural engineer and freelance journalist Roland Sossna is part of the editorial staff of the trade magazine molkerei-industrie (dairy industry) and IDM International Dairy Magazine. He regularly presents outstanding innovations from the dairy industry on the blog.