Intelligent energy concepts for industry realise high returns on invested capital

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Industry

Energieforum Ostwestfalen-Lippe
(PresseBox) ( Bielefeld, )
"Companies who employ the right energy saving measures can, to all intents and purposes, reckon on a return of invested capital in the region of 20 to 30 percent", assured Klaus Meyer of business network Energie Impuls OWL, in reference to the example provided by Weidmüller of Detmold, a member of the network. The insertion of the heat generated by their galvanising work into the combined heat and power system will alone reduce the yearly energy bill there by a six figure sum; and it was all achieved in close cooperation with Stadtwerke Detmold (municipal services of Detmold), their energy supplier. Nevertheless, Bernhardt Köhler, the man responsible for purchasing energy at Weidmüller, is not satisfied with just one success: "A sustained increase in energy efficiency is a goal that we can achieve by taking many small steps. It starts with the management of energy data, then moves on to worker expertise and from there it goes on to the straightforward coordination of all the departments involved, but most important of all is to raise employee awareness because the innovative energy efficiency measures of today can perhaps be further improved upon tomorrow.

Köhler is just one of the 50 experts that will be sharing their experiences with operators and developers of energy efficient production at the Energieforum Ostwestfalen-Lippe 2008 which takes place from the 5th to the 7th November in Messezentrum/Exhibiton Centre Bad Salzuflen.

The energy providers are also bringing their expertise to the European Convention along with a great many operators. Klaus Danwerth, Stadtwerke Bielefeld, shows how a new gas turbine generating plant on a paper mill premises helped to drastically reduce its energy costs without tying down the paper mill's industrial investment funds. Stadtwerke Bielefeld took on the entire investment costs of the construction on the paper mill premises within the framework of a contracting agreement.

Companies that have already lowered their energy consumption by increasing energy efficiency can find additional possibilities through the implementation of renewable energy. Large roof surfaces can be converted into solar power generation plants, modern bio gas plants have developed into industrial power generators that can be operated alongside the factory premises, new and innovative ORC processes open up new possibilities for companies while combined heat and power generation based on utilising waste heat can be applied, as can the economic application of bio fuel in low temperature operating areas as is shown by the example of the turbine producer Dresser-Rand-Nadrowski in East-Westphalia.

Increases in the efficiency of industrial energy provision do not however always have to take place exclusively on the industrial premises themselves: Stadtwerke Detmold, for example, provides businesses with ecologically sound community heating that is itself attained from a renewable energy source; wood.

The organisers, Energie Impuls OWL, IHK Ostwestfalen (zu Bielefeld) and IHK Lippe (zu Detmold) estimate that over 5,000 trade visitors will attend the EnergieArena trade fair and Forum Maschinenbau in the Messezentrum/Exhibiton Centre Bad Salzuflen and that more than 400 interested trade visitors will attend the convention alone. Among the speakers at the opening presentation will be Stephan Kohler, manager of the German Energy Agency (dena), Prof. Dr. Gerhard Berz, former head of Geo Risk Research at the Munich Re Group and Christa Thoben, minister of economic affairs in North Rhine-Westphalia. The European dimension of energy efficiency technology will be explained by Mechtild Rothe (MEP and vice-president of the European Parliament) and Patrick Lambert (Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation).

The convention partners are Stadtwerke Bielefeld, E.ON Westfalen Weser, VDI-OWL and InnoDämm of Paderborn. Further support for the European based presentation is provided by: The German Energy Agency (dena), MSF-Vathauer Antriebstechnik, Rittal, Siemens, Stadtwerke Detmold, TÜV Nord, Volksbank Detmold - Paderborn - Höxter und Weidmüller.

Further information is available at

Date: 5th - 7th November 2008

Location: Messezentrum Bad Salzuflen
Benzstraße 23
32105 Bad Salzuflen
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Target Group: Energy managers and purchasers of companies using energy, production managers, managing directors, works committees, plant managers, developers.

Host: Energie Impuls OWL, Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Ostwestfalen in Bielefeld and of Lippe in Detmold
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