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Energy efficiency at Medgenix - the importance of an information network
31 Mar 2014

Summary: To start with energy efficiency in a company is not an easy task. For smaller companies, two questions often rise: where to begin with and where to find the information? Several initiatives for energy-efficiency are based on the principle of a learning network. In that way, SPiCE³ with its interactive platform, workshops and on-site trainings is a perfect example of bringing together more experienced companies, energy experts and SMEs to exchange useful information and tips to start with energy efficiency. Medgenix, a pharmaceutical company in Flanders, has proven the efficiency of this strategy by participating twice to an initiative of VOKA: Learning Network Energy. Learn more about their experience and the advantages of a network.

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Recovery of heat of reaction in batch processes in a Dutch company
11 Mar 2014

Summary: In continuous processes, the recovery of heat of reaction can easily be made part of the plant's heat integration set-up. In batch processes this not the case, because the heat-in and heat-out flows do not occur at the same time. Batch processes generally have a sequence of heating up (starting the reaction) and subsequently cooling down (removing the heat of reaction and maintaining the required reaction temperature).

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"The impossible made possible"

In some batch processes, the heat of reaction can be quite high e.g. in ethoxylation reactions. A solution might be the installing of heat buffer systems. This is, in principle, a rather simple technique, but it is quite difficult to make it work under practical production conditions.

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Polish company improving energy efficiency: Lamela
09 Dec 2013

Summary: Lamela is one of the companies in Poland which have taken up a project to introduce the energy-saving CARE+ Program developed by the European chemical industry. (Main content in Polish)

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The company started to use CARE+ in 2010 after receiving a message from one of its major customers who requested them to do a reduction of their energy consumption. Thanks to a contract with the Polish Chamber of Chemical Industry and the Polish Japanese Centre for Energy Efficiency (KAPE), the company decided to participate in the CARE+ project due to the lack of internal knowledge and skills in the field of energy efficiency.

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Self Energy audit in Bulgarian SME – AGRIA AD
09 Dec 2013

Summary: One of the best examples of the energy self audits, carried out in a project CARE + with help of experts from Bulgarian Chamber of the Chemical Industry and the company "EES – Energy effective systems", was at a company producing chemicals for plant protection – AGRIA AD, Plovdiv. (Main content in Bulgarian)

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The contents of the Report on Energy Self Audit of AGRIA , done 2009 :

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Energy audit of compressed air system: J.M. Huber and Forchem Oy
09 Dec 2013

Summary: J.M. Huber and Forchem Oy carried out energy analyses for their compressed air systems. An annual electricity saving potential of 640 MWh was found. That is approximately 30% of total electricity consumption in companies’ compressed air systems. (Main content in Finnish)

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  • J.M. Huber started to observe electricity consumption of compressed air system in weekly team-meetings already before the energy audit. They halved the consumption from the point they started this action and energy audit gave certainty that compressed air system work efficiently. (Most of the energy efficiency actions from the audit were already known because of systematic daily observing of consumption.)
  • Compressed air system consumes approximately 5% of total electricity consumption of Forchem´s processes. Forchem did an audit and it is possible to reduce one third of the electricity consumption of compressed air system by measures from audit.
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Exemplary energy efficiency performance: Borealis Polymers Oy
09 Dec 2013

Summary: Borealis Polymers is one of the biggest consumers of energy in Finland. Their site in Porvoo consumes approximately 3700 MWh (€170 million). In this case every little improvement in energy efficiency means considerable saving in money. (Main content in Finnish)

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Borealis Polymers started actively collecting energy efficiency initiatives from employees. Hundreds of little energy efficiency improvements have arisen from local site workers. Energy efficiency will be a part of job description for the most employees on-site. This will help to react to deviations in consumption.

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Medice Arzneimittel Pütter GmbH & Co. KG
09 Dec 2013

Summary: Medice is a family-owned medium-sized pharmaceutical company with headquarters and production facilities in Iserlohn. The company is among the top 50 pharmaceutical companies in Germany and is distinguished nationally and internationally through the development, production and marketing of 85 high-quality medicines and medical devices. (Main content is in German)

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Continuously rising energy costs and a steadily rising energy demand through the company's growth led the management in 2011 to an analysis of the current supply situation. During this work the company put a strong focus on the harmony between ecology and economy. Quality, sustainable growth and long-term thinking were always in the foreground.

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Huntsman Pigments – Low Carbon Award Winners 2011
31 Oct 2013

Summary: Manufacture of titanium dioxide pigments is an energy-intensive process and to compete in the global market, UK manufacturers must ensure their energy use is as low as possible. Many of the tools and techniques used by Huntsman are applicable across all chemical operations. Key to their success has been: management backing and setting a strategy and goal setting, clear assessment of where energy is used and what potential savings where achievable, prioritisation of projects and involvement and buy-in of all staff.

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Huntsman Pigments is a division of Huntsman Corporation, a global manufacturer of differentiated chemicals. The division operates a titanium dioxide manufacturing site at Greatham, Teesside, UK.

Energy consumption has been an important issue at the Greatham plant for many years. Over the past decade a rigorous management process has been in place, which has reduced the specific energy consumption for the site by 30%.

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GlaxoSmithKline Ulverston – Low Carbon Award Winners 2012
09 Oct 2013

Summary: Backed by a company strategy to become carbon neutral by 2050, the GSK Ulverston site has used a variety of tools and techniques coupled with capital investment to make progress towards this challenging target.Setting annual targets and involving all employees has been at the heart of this successful strategy, helped by initiatives such as reward schemes for good suggestions. However, with such an ambitious, target capital investment is also required and installation of two CHP plants has lead to the largest carbon savings.

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Located in a sensitive environment adjacent to Morecambe Bay and the Lake District National Park, in the North West of England, the GSK Ulverston cephalosporin antibiotics production site has delivered a strategy that continues to reduce its carbon footprint, reduce energy costs and enhance its sustainability.

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Robinson Brothers – Low Carbon Award Winners 2008
26 Aug 2013

Summary: Robinson Brothers is a medium sized, family owned speciality chemical manufacturers based in West Bromwich, England. Sustainability is at the heart of the company ethos and business planning. Reducing energy consumption is a key part of their sustainability drive to both reduce their carbon footprint and reduce their energy bills.Their approach has been a mix of steady continual improvement involving educating and utilising the ideas and skills of all their staff combined with larger step-change technologies. Most of what they have achieved is achievable by most SMEs through creating an environment where staff realise the importance of energy efficiency with minimal capital expenditure combined with a management vision to have energy reduction at the cornerstone of their sustainability programme.

Robinsons Award Winners

Established in 1869, Robinson Brothers Limited (RBL) are one of the UK's largest independent manufacturers of speciality organic chemicals. Working to the latest ISO 9000:2008 standards, they offer contract manufacture and custom synthesis from kilo to multi-tonne scale, with particular expertise in:

  • catalytic hydrogenation including chiral hydrogenation,
  • organosulphur chemistry including carbon disulphide and thiolation, and
  • reactions with hazardous reagents including bromine and chlorosulphonic acid.

Their site in the West Midlands, UK includes Kilo-Lab and Pilot Plant units, plus over 200,000l of production scale capacity to enable seamless progression of new projects from development to commercial manufacture.

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