Climate Week NYC is a global initiative that brings together businesses, governments, and organizations to accelerate climate action and assess progress ahead of COP26. Thermal Energy International has unique knowledge and expertise in two of the core themes of the 2021 event. These being Built Environment and Food.
According to The Climate Group, ‘buildings represent nearly 40% of greenhouse gas emissions and a third of global energy demand, which is why it’s crucial to aim for net zero buildings.’
The 24/7 demands of a hospital is a good example of the significant amount of energy used in the built environment. Given the high demand for heating and domestic hot water (DHW), maximizing fuel economies is vital. In an un-optimized heating or hot water system, as little as 55% of fuel input results in useful heat output. Of the energy wasted, up to 20% is due to stack losses, with a further 10% the result of steam losses due to inefficient steam traps. Both are easily preventable and if the right technology is implemented correctly it can result in an efficiency improvement of over 30%.
This was the case for a group of projects TEI designed and implemented with a European hospital group. The first project resulted in a 30% reduction of CO₂. With over 750 inpatient beds and housing more than 4,500 members of staff this site had a 24-hour energy requirement and aging infrastructure. However, this project was still quick and easy to implement using proven technology and our experienced team of engineers.
There is no need to gamble on unproven technology or inexperienced partners. It is possible to immediately deliver carbon savings and achieve mandated reduction targets as well as significant fuel cost savings. Following on from the success of this particular project the client implemented 3 further projects continually surpassing their expectations of savings (See the full case study).
It’s crucial that solutions are sought for individual sites, particularly when working with dated infrastructure or on sites where the in-house estates team has been significantly reduced losing system knowledge and experience. Our team of engineers have intimate knowledge of estate steam and hot water systems and are able to step in and support a busy in-house team to quickly make the project a reality and achieve substantial savings. Talk to us about your built environment
The Climate Group claim that ‘the global food system currently contributes to 21-37% of total GHG emissions.’ Working with several Fortune 500 companies, we recognise there are many areas of food manufacturing that can yield improvements and reduction in energy consumption and waste including:
Well implemented heat recovery systems can significantly reduce the paid for energy required for the wash down hot water process. Production maintenance is key for meeting consumer demand, with unplanned downtime significantly impacting profit, however the food processing industry continues to face intense pressure to reduce costs and energy consumption. Systems that integrate remote monitoring can pre-empt and notify maintenance teams of any problems preventing unplanned downtime.
Furthermore, improving process control increases reliability and reduces waste by delivering consistent quality of product, whilst minimising heating times for sterilisation processes can optimise product interchangeability.
All of these areas of improvements and more have been addressed by TEI when implementing our systems and proprietary technology across a wide variety of food production and processing plants globally.
Just last month, we delivered our third turn-key energy efficiency and carbon emission reduction solution for a global nutrition company, that is expected to deliver an annual carbon reduction of 1,426 tonnes worth an estimated $400,000 based on the host nation’s carbon reduction incentive program, as well as energy savings of $300,000. (Read more)
Talk to us about your food manufacturing and production.
Who are The Climate Group?
The Climate Group is an international non-profit with the goal to achieve a ‘world of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, with greater prosperity for all.’ The latter part of that statement pertaining to prosperity is what aligns Thermal Energy to this goal above others on the market.