Equipments & Programs for Efficient Energy Use

Equipments & Programs for Efficient Energy Use

Electrical Equipment

These equipments can include energy efficient motors, transformers and variable frequency drives that can convert electrical power into efficient use of electricity that offsets costs of energy consumption and are used in homes and commercial businesses. Other examples include:

  • Lighting – Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL), metal halides lamps, LED, etc
  • Other electric loads – Energy efficient air compressors, blowers, fans, pumps, capacitors, Automatic Power Factor Controllers (APFC)

 

Industrial Equipment

Water-tube boiler, energy efficient boilers, recuperators, condensate, recover and recycle system, heat pumps, etc. Click here for an exhaustive list of Energy Saving Equipments released by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)

 

Energy Management Program in Buildings

The Energy Management Program initiated by BEE aims at providing assistance in reducing energy wastes and costs, examining the impact on a facility or building with energy conservation measures, examining the costs and benefits of implementing and incorporating energy conservation measures and developing a programme for facility maintenance.

BEE has identified energy management programmes for commercial buildings such as healthcare facilities, hotels and schools with an attempt to enforce this programme across residential, commercial or industrial buildings. (Click links above to read relevant BEE reports)

 

Steps for Energy Management
 

  • Initiating Energy Management Programme: This involves identifying relevant stakeholders involved or responsible for energy management activities and developing a plan that highlights the goals and objectives for achieving desired results in conserving energy for a particular time frame. The program also involves preparing the processes for communicating the approaches, implementing measures and monitoring strategies and motivating staff members through education and rewards

 

  • Determining Efficiency Targets: Efficiency targets can be determined by measuring the profitability of the building and accordingly variables such as revenues, operating expenses, operating margins and debt will be evaluated and monitored. In accordance to these variables the annual energy costs of the buildings will be calculated and analysed annually

 

  • Conducting Energy Assessments: Assessments would involve identifying present energy use and costs, potential energy saving opportunities and preparing a threshold for future comparisons of the program. Assessments can be either done through walk-through assessment that involves observing and preparing a ledger comprising of energy  use and costs or energy audits that is a detailed inspection, survey and analysis of energy flows

 

  • Identifying Energy Savings Opportunities: Energy saving opportunities can be identified by integrating energy management into a building through employee training, tracking and reporting energy consumption and creating circumstances for continuous improvements

 

  • Implementing an Energy Management System (EMS): EMS is a computer-based control system that controls and monitors the building’s mechanical and electrical equipment such as ventilation, lighting, fire and security systems, etc. These systems aim at monitoring performance of energy efficiency by either comparing current with past performance or comparing the current performance with established practices that are considered optimal in the relevant sector

 

Examples for energy management program for commercial buildings can include:

  • Thermal insulation for hot & cold systems, heat absorbing glass, low emissivity glass
  • Insulation of walls and ceilings
  • Efficient use of energy, water and other resources
  • Health safety of occupants and / or employees
  • Waste and toxic reduction, operations and maintenance optimization, etc