Accomplishment of Pre-Audits and Comprehensive Detail Energy Audits
Energy pre-audit is conceived as a project which includes the performance of a technical visit in order to identify the energy aspects which affect the referred system and the subsequent analysis of the consumption log to get a general view on the current energy status and the possible energy efficiency measures to be applied.
The Detail Energy audit includes a comprehensive study Project which analyses the plant’s facilities, on site measurement, download and processing of obtained data, analysis of the energy consumption logs and accomplishment of an audit report which explains the conclusions and includes the possible improvements to reduce energy consumption, according to the methods described by UNE-EN 16247 Energy Audits.
EnergyLab has developed many Energy Pre-audit and Audit tasks and relies on an experienced team to support the development of these works.
The technical resources owned by EnergyLab to measure and register the different energy consumption are:
Accomplishment of energy audits on the compressed air networks. They include a set of fieldworks where on site energy consumption and air generated air flow measurements are performed in the compressors rooms, the subsequent data download and processing of measured data, analysis of energy consumptions logs and accomplishment of an audit report which includes the possible improvements to reduce the energy consumption required by generation, optimisation of the plant’s compressed air networks as well as the possible actions to minimise leak costs.
EnergyLab relies on extensive experience in energy audits on compressed air networks and is supported by an experienced technical team to develop them.
The technical resources owned by EnergyLab to measure and register the different energy consumption are:
Implementation of ITC Energy Consumption Monitoring Platforms, together with tracking and analysis of data for the variable and crucial plant’s indicators processing, by the accomplishment of technical tracking reports to identify system’s inefficiencies and suggest improvement actions for energy efficiency.
EnergyLab relies on its extensive experience in the implementation of energy consumption monitoring platforms and the tracking and analysis of the consumption in different industrial plants. Our know-how allows us to work with all kind of platforms existing in the market both commercial solutions and dedicated systems.
Accomplishment of support and controller tasks for Measuring and Verification of Energy Savings.
EnergyLab develops Measuring and Verification of Energy Savings Plans in Industrial and service sector according to the International Performance Measurement & Verification Protocols (IPMVP) linked to the energy efficiency in the client’s facilities.
These plans are a contractual guarantee between provider and client and this guarantee supports the achievement of the savings and the payback time defined before the implementation of the measures. It also allows the detection of deviations in the predicted savings mainly due to breakdowns, programming mistakes, parameter setting , a slip or malpractice.
Efficiency Valuation Oganization (EVO) is the leader organization in standard of measurement & verification of energy savings, developing and patenting the International Performance Measurement & Verification Protocol (IPMVP). EnergyLab is the exclusive partner in Spain for training and certification of the IPMVP developed by EVO.
Furthermore, EnergyLab has developed several Works related to measurement and verification of energy savings and it relies on a highly qualified team to accomplish M&V plans according to the IPMVP.
Definition and documentation of an Energy Management System (EMS) through an analysis of the use and consumption of the systems included in the client’s facilities, using these data as base to get its certification according to the UNE-EN ISO 50001 standard. Technical support is also offered in internal and external audits with the certification company. These are focused on the achievement of the ISO 50001 Certification as well as the client’s staff training.
EnergyLab has great experience with the design and implementation of an Energy Management System according to the ISO 50001 standard in different sized organizations as well as in different activity sectors. Furthermore, it works in a continuous way with the companies to identify improvements and alternatives to improve energy performance of organizations.
EnergyLab has extensive experience in the sensorisation and data acquisition in vehicles with conventional (Diesel/Petrol) and alternative (Natural Gas/Biomethane/Electric/Hydrogen) fuels. The centre has on board monitoring equipment both invasive and non-invasive.
Building energy simulation and its technical systems, both for the new ones and for those to be restored, in order to evaluate strategies to get an efficient design, both passive (bioclimatic architecture) and active (conditioning systems, renewable generation and control systems):
The following services are performed:
EnergyLab has extensive experience in energy simulation linked to different types of buildings. From innovative administrative atmospheres where innovative building solutions are developed or vernacular strategies are reinterpreted to big multifunctional buildings designed according to foreign building regulations (ASHRAE 90.1).
With the purpose of a technical-economic optimisation, energy efficiency has been maximised in residential and public buildings by trigeneration systems. Simulations have been used to improve energy efficiency and sustainability in shops and a thermal network and an electrical grid have been installed or optimised in a building complex.
This background has supported us to successfully contribute to international building certification processes such as LEED.
Active licenses of simulation programmes: Trnsys, DesignBuilder (Energyplus), Matlab and Simulink, ANSYS Fluent v. 18.1.
Computational Fluid Dynamics allows to know the “dynamic fluid” of a system, allowing the identification of possible problems as well as the research on the different solutions for them. The main tasks performed by EnergyLab in this field are:
Anaerobic digestion inside a cylindrical digester, obtaining the following results from the simulations:
EnergyLab relies on a team with a technical and researcher profile which has the experience in biological and physicochemical processes simulation as well as different biomass fuels combustion/gasification simulations.
Technical resources: commercial software license ANSYS Fluent v. 18.1.
Accomplishment of Life-Cycle Analysis to evaluate the environmental impacts of organizations, products and services throughout its life-cycle according to the ISO 14040 standards. The following services are performed:
EnergyLab has a professional team with experience in the performance of LCA (Life-Cycle Analysis and the calculation of the carbon footprint by the use of international standards. EnergyLab has different software tools and prestigious databases such as SimaPro o Ecoinvent to perform these researches.
Characterisation of Electrical Energy Accumulation Systems:
EnergyLab has extensive experience in both traction and stationary accumulation. The laboratory has monitoring and testing equipment: sources/programmable charges, AC/CC monitoring equipment and stacks of batteries with different capacities and technologies. The centre has also experience in maintenance and battery recovery systems.
The services offered by EnergyLab- related to biogas and anaerobic digestion- are focused on the meat sector, canning sector, fish farm, winegrowing sector, agricultural and livestock holdings, milk insdustry, urban and industrial wastewater treatment plants and any other company which may generate organic waste whose management may become a cost or problem. In addition, those entities which work with biogas production plants and want to evaluate or optimise specific points of their process are also considered potential clients. The service can be also offered to associations, universities, research centres among others, those who are interested in biogas production and everything related to that but who does not have suitable facilities.
Services include both the physicochemical waste characterisation and the determination of the biogas composition (CH4, CO2, N2, H2, H2S, O2 and siloxanes). The services offered by EnergyLab also include the obtaining of the methanogenic potential and % of biodegradability (continuous/discontinuous) in mesophilic/thermophilic, both for waste and a mixture (co-digestion), as well as the determination of the toxicity/inhibition toxicity/inhibition of a compound and –even- the evaluation of the pre-processing effect (on the waste and the methanisation potential).
On the other hand, it is also possible to perform a research and evaluation on biogas cleaning and purification systems, determine the digestate quality, perform composting and, finally, EnergyLab can also develop its research activity on the grow of microalgae (as well as its use in anaerobic digestion and possible CO2 fixing).
EnergyLab has a team with technical and researcher profile with extensive experience in physicochemical and biological processes engineering, performance of analysis previously detailed.
Technical Resources: complete laboratory which allows to perform different tests such as The total and soluble chemical oxygen demand (COD), the biological oxygen demand within 5 days (BOD5), pH, conductivity and redox potential, total nitrogen and ammonium (NH4+), humidity, total solids (TS), volatile solids (VS), total suspended solids (TSS), volatile suspended solids (VSS), alkalinity, fat, short-chain fatty acids (VFA), anions (nitrite, nitrate, sulphate, phosphate) etc. and the determination of the biogas composition by gas chromatography. In addition, EnergyLab has pilots, both complete mix anaerobic digesters and gas purification systems, microalgae growth, etc…
This service is focused on specialised advise about topics related to waster valuation, biogas generation, obtaining of biomethane, digestate post-processing and uses in order to get an analysis to decide which is the best option to implement a biogas plant op optimise an existing process.
The following tasks are developed:
EnergyLab has a team with a technical and researcher profile, with extensive experience in physicochemical and biological processes, process engineering and performance of analysis which has been previously detailed.
These services are focused on the performance of tests according to the UNE Standards to characterise biomass and its improvement by the selection of additives for low-quality biomass thermochemical valuation and the accomplishment of combustion test in a solid biomass low power boiler.
The EnergyLab’s equipment allows to perform the immediate analysis of different kinds of biomass, so it is possible to determine the content in terms of humidity, ash, volatile material, and fixed carbon. On the other hand, the energy potential of different biofuels (solid and liquids) can be obtained by the use of an isoperibol bomb calorimeters according to determination of their heating power.
In addition, combustion test will allow to analyse the performance of new solid biofuels in order to optimise the process and increase their efficiency. These tests will-at the same time- allow to know the emissions generated by the combustion of the biomass which will be analysed, including particulate material emissions to the atmosphere.
EnergyLab has a team with a technical and researcher profile with extensive experience in laboratory, in biomass characterisation processes, biomass valuation and analysis of emissions.
EnergyLab has a motor test bench for new fuels, equipped with regenerative braking system and two combustion engines (diesel and petrol) adapted to be used both with liquid and gaseous fuels. It has also an emission measurement system and a gas mixing piece which is able to synthesise compositions with up to 5 gases.
The information processing provides us a better understanding of environment so we can reflect on the direction of the organizational strategies. The advantages offered by Technology Monitoring, include:
Technical team with experience in the performance of technology monitoring, being an internal tool for project development. Furthermore, it has its own methodology, created according to the standardised ones. The Centre’s Technology Monitoring Team is formed by researchers who work in a coordinated way.
This service is focused on specialised advice about detail projects where EnergyLab will perform all the following tasks:
EnergyLab has a team with a technical and researcher profile which has extensive experience in laboratory work, simulation, plants design and building at both pilot and industry level.