Technologies to optimise industrial plant and process

By Vic Lawrence, Eskom


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Energy Efficiency Made Simple Vol III: Energy and enviroFiciency

November 2012 - Chapter 1: pages 10 - 12

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The concept of sustainable energy is to use and implement energy efficient solutions in industry that will ensure that the energy requirements of all plant and process can be met in an optimal way by using less energy to achieve the designed or desired output. If energy is utilised more efficiently, we can ensure that we will meet the energy needs of future generations in a sustainable manner. Sustainable energy has traditionally been thought of as the application of renewable energy for power generation only – and not plant and process optimisation that includes the use of more efficient technologies, optimisation techniques and mechanisms with the sole aim of reducing the energy intensities. To ensure that we provide a sustainable environment for reducing energy consumption, energy conservation and energy efficiency have to be applied.


Take note

  • The first step in any optimisation strategy is to look at the plant and the processes surrounding the plant that contribute to the delivery of product or output.
  • Run plant only when required and for set durations as per output requirements.
  • There is a concerted effort to develop new ‘green’ energy solutions suitable for application and implementation in industry.