Systematic energy management makes production more efficient

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Producing chemical products such as plastics involves a great deal of electricity, gas, oil and steam. Understandably, the industry is doing everything it can to optimize efficiency and minimize environmental pollution. Covestro is leading the way here and has developed a system to manage plants individually to ensure they require as little energy as possible. In doing so, it has succeeded in reducing the energy consumption of each production facility by ten percent on average.
Energy Management
Covestro has developed a special measurement and management system to optimize its own energy consumption.
The production plants that Covestro operates around the globe are the size of apartment buildings. They are used to manufacture high-tech plastics and the chemical components for foams, coatings and adhesives. These products are found in many areas of everyday life – from mattresses, insulating materials and shoes to automotive paints and computer housings. In many cases, they make life safer, greener and more comfortable.

Optimizing plant management

Initially, however, huge amounts of energy are needed to manufacture these materials. This is why Covestro developed the STRUCTese® measurement and management system to optimize its own energy consumption. The system has already been installed in about 60 plants in Europe, Asia and America that account for highest energy consumption at the company. Other sites are to follow. The unique thing about the system is that the energy consumption of each individual facility is continuously recorded online and can be adapted to an optimum value. This enables staff to ensure the best possible plant management at all times.

STRUCTese® has already helped the company achieve overall annual energy savings equivalent to over 1.2 million megawatt hours, with each plant’s energy consumption decreasing by an average of ten percent. In conjunction with this, emissions of carbon dioxide have fallen by some 360,000 metric tons per year. This figure is expected to reach approximately 750,000 metric tons by 2020. Other companies can use the system under license – and some already do.