WHAT IS ENERING?
ENERING is a Project supported by the LIFE programme of the European Union. Its main objective is to demonstrate solutions that are able to reduce the CO2 emissions coming from industries and industrial parks and sustainable from a technical, environmental and economical point of view. The proposed solutions are based on different kind of actions:
- Design / refurbishment of industrial buildings using passive energy solutions that reduce energy consumption;
- Development of renewable energy installations to produce CO2-free energy;
- Explotation of residual energy, either in the same industry or in other industries or the common facilities of the industrial park.
The activities of the project have been implemented in the facilities of Diego Zamora, S.A. (a Company producing liquors) in the industrial park of “Los Camachos” in Cartagena, Spain.
The project have validated and demonstrated different solutions based on passive energy tools to reduce the energy consumption needed to heat/cool buildings, assessing their efficacy. On the other hand, it has developed two renewable energy installations: a photovoltaic plant to provide electricity and a biomass-based installation to provide heat/cooling to the plant and the industrial process. Besides this, the project has assessed the used of residual energy and the socio-economic impact of large scale introduction of the proposed solutions.
The project total budget is 2,232,167 euros, 974,626 of them contributed by the LIFE programme. The partners of the project has been:
INFO, the regional institute for development of the Region of Murcia, coordinator of the project www.institutofomentomurcia.es
CETENMA, the Energy and Environment Technology Centre in Murcia www.cetenma.es
CTCON, the Construction Technology Centre in Murcia www.ctcon-rm.com
COIIRM, the Industry engineers board of Murcia www.coiirm.es
UPCT, The Polytechnic University of Cartagena www.upct.es
RESULTS TO BE DISSEMINATED AFTER THE PROJECT ENDS
The ENERING project has been able to demonstrate successfully that the solutions proposed improve the energy efficiency of industrial buildings and they can be applied in industry parks in order to improve the global energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint. There are both specific results and data and good practices to share:
Related to the reduction of CO2 emissions and the application of renewable energies.
The project has demonstrated that it is possible to avoid up to 45% of CO2 emissions related to industrial activities thanks to the use of renewable energies. Additionally, it has replaced the use of petrol-based energy (gasoil) with biomass in order to meet the heating and cooling needs of the buildings.
Related to the use of passive energy solutions in the air conditioning of the buildings.
Passive energy solutions have demonstrated that the energy consumption can be reduced up to 40% thanks to the use of materials that improve the thermal insulation of the building and provide better energy efficiency.
¿HOW TO TRANSFER AND APPLY THE PROJECT RESULTS?
The results of the project can be applied in any industry with cooling/heating or energy needs. The way and extent of application depends on factors such as the characteristics of the buildings and their adaptation needs, the energy needs or the availability of biomass, together with the climatic conditions of the area.
HOW (AND WHOM) DISSEMINATE AND TRANSFER THE PROJECT RESULTS
The lessons learnt and the project results can be useful for different kind of stakeholders. Each partner is responsible of their dissemination to the stakeholders more related to its activity:
This is the core sector for the dissemination and transfer after-life activities, since they can apply directly the results and take advantage of the lessons learnt in order to improve its energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. However, the public administration and the technicians related to building and energy issues must also be approached. In this sense, each partner will address its work in a different way:
INFO, as the public body in charge of supporting the industrial activity in the Region, has a specific service for supporting the settlement of industries in the Region of Murcia. They will provide information to new companies trying to set in the Region through this service. Additionally, INFO develops dissemination and training information in the industrial parks of the Region, and there it will communicate and transfer the project results.
COIIRM, is a reference body for the industrial engineers in issues related to technology and training. It will disseminate the project achievements through its communication channels. Additionally, COIIRM participates actively in the Engineering National Congress, training and dissemination actions at the universities of the Region of Murcia and workshops with other professional bodies, where it will disseminate the project achievements.
CETENMA and CTCON, are key stakeholders for the companies of the environment, renewable energies and construction sectors, and they will include, in the dissemination activities they organize, information on the Project. Additionally, in their premises, which are often the venue for sectorial meetings, the information will be available. Finally, they will keep organizing visits to the Diego Zamora plant.
UPCT, which will be responsible for the dissemination among students and in the forum they participate (especially in those related to the energy, renewable energy and project management) the results of the project. Additionally, students from the renewable energy master will visit the plant, which will be included as a recurrent activity for this master, as a good practice example in the application of renewable energy to industries.
Industrial parks can take advantage of the demonstrated solutions through the implementation of some of these solutions, either with an individual or collective approach (e.g. using energy surpluses in one industry to feed another or common services in the industrial park).
INFO, with a permanent contact with industrial park users and managers, will be responsible for disseminating and supporting implementation of outputs.
Passive energy solutions for heating/cooling and the use of renewable energies can be applied directly by the public administration in their buildings. Public administration can take advantage of this in order to meet the obligations set in the Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency and related to the construction of new buildings or the adaptation of already existing ones.
INFO, as public entity in the project, will work for the dissemination and transfer of the project results in order to support its implementation in buildings of the public administration. INFO will present the technical documents and results in different meetings with the rest of public administrations and in the events that it organizes.
COMPANIES RELATED WITH RENEWABLE ENERGIES
Companies related with renewable energies can take advantage of the Project results, since it means a successful case with a clear demonstrative effect that can encourage different stakeholders to implement this kind of solutions.
To achieve this, CETENMA and CTCON will include the information and outputs of the project in their activities focused on boosting the use of renewable energies in the industry and construction sectors.