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Energy Systems and Models for Industrial Applications

Energy Systems and Models for Industrial Applications

energeticas

Promoting energetic efficiency is the main objective of the Energetic Efficiency and Sustainability department. This department works in both national and international projects which aim to implement technological solutions in diverse sectors.

Our team works daily in increasing competitiveness of productive sectors, as well as on facilitating the compliance with national and international commitments in environmental matters such as the Objective 20-20-20 and in modernizing the technological fabric.

During past years, ITCL has accumulated experience and has a demonstrable results track in the study and the improvement of energetic efficiency in productive industrial systems and in its auxiliar systems, with special attention to industrial cold installations.

To this end, it collaborates with industrial companies to carry out energy audits, to implement energy management systems, and to carry out very specific development projects, with R&D components, to develop solutions that are not in the market.

As a result of this type of work ITCL has developed specific tools for industrial cold installations, always aiming to improve energy efficiency and the costs associated with its operation.

  • Intelligent systems for monitoring use of energy and integrated control of energy consumption in large installations
  • Energy management systems SIGE. Software to aid decision making
  • New systems for the implementation of renewable energies

R&D group members

David Gonzalez and Phd Javier Sedano are in charge of the Energy Systems and Models department.

Phd Javier Sedano is the manager of the Energetic Models knowledge unit. He is an expert in the development of electronic devices (hardware) and in industrial control systems, as well as in the design of connectionist models for identification, classification and dynamic systems modelling in Big Data and Blockchain.

David Gonzalez works as a Project Manager of this department. He is the technical responsible for R&D projects in the Energetic Efficiency and Sustainability department. David is an expert in energetic efficiency in both industry and services, energetic audits and ISO50001 implementation, as well as in R&D&I European and National projects.

Javier Gonzalez works as a Project Manager of this department. He is the technical responsible for the development of energetic models in the industry. Javier is an expert in refrigeration installations in industrial environments, development of energetic management systems and in European R&D&I Projects

DEVELOPMENTS FOR INDUSTRIAL REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS
IRS INDUSTRIAL REFRIGERATION SUPERVISION

ENERGY MONITORING SYSTEM FOR INDUSTRIAL REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS

With the vision of putting technology at the service of energy efficiency, ITCL has focused on R&D&I to give added value to Energy Efficiency projects.

Awareness of sustainable development is gaining momentum among individuals, companies and institutions.

This product is a specific solution for the supervision of industrial refrigeration installations, in order to follow its path towards energy efficiency through an innovative approach and with great impact on the energy consumption of its plants.

CHARACTERISTICS

Sistema de supervisión energética de instalaciones de refrigeración industrial

  • Monitoring of the efficiency of the refrigeration installation in real time in parallel with the main Scada.
  • Real time monitoring of the “energy efficiency” based on the production of cold and the consumption of the installation at every instant.
  • Detailed information on the main operating parameters and energy aspects of the refrigeration plant, including economic costs.
  • By applying specific thermodynamic equations for each installation, it provides data that cannot be determined by conventional monitoring systems.

FUNCTIONS

Sistema de supervisión energética de instalaciones de refrigeración industrial

  • By means of a computer application, it offers relevant information in real time of the energy indicators of the refrigeration installation:
    • Compressor performance
    • Performance deviation from ideal performance
    • COP (Coefficient of performance), instantaneous and global
    • Amount of cold produced
    • Daily costs associated with cold production
    • Average cost kWh/cold produced
    • Breakdown of consumption by equipment and by period
  • It allows to generate daily/weekly/monthly reports, offering a global vision of the operation of the cold plant.
  • Generates energy reports
  • Economic reports
  • Personalized reports according to the client’s needs (temperature in chambers, freezing tunnels…)

OBJECTIVES

Eficiencia energética de la instalación industrial

  • Quantify the current level of energy efficiency of the installation.
  • Identification of the real potential for energy improvement.
  • Daily control of energy efficiency, energy consumption and associated costs
IRC INDUSTRIAL REFRIGERATION CONTROL

Intelligent energy control and optimisation system specifically for industrial refrigeration systems

The IRC Industrial Refrigeration Control allows us to reduce the energy consumption of the refrigeration plant through the modification of key parameters of the installation.

Experiences to date have resulted in savings of between 15% and 40%, with investment returns of between 6 and 18 months.

CHARACTERISTICS
IRC Industrial Refrigeration Control

  • IRC Based on data monitored by ITCL’s IRS energy monitoring system.
  • Calculated in real time the optimal equipment configuration parameters that maximize the plant’s energy efficiency for the real cooling needs at any given moment.

FUNCTIONS

  • An expert, tailor-made control is designed for each industrial refrigeration installation based on its cooling and climatic zone needs.
  • The expert control will act automatically over the general control automaton of the refrigeration plant, modifying its key parameters in order to increase the overall performance of the installation.
  • The following aspects are optimised by means of decision algorithms based on real-time operating parameters:
    • Sequence of operation of the main equipment
    • Start and stop instructions
    • Operating instructions (pressures, temperatures…)

SUCCESS STORIES

CASE 1: IMPROVED CONTROL IN A MEAT SLAUGHTERHOUSE

IRC Control Refrigeración Industrial, control de matadero cárnico

  • Pig slaughterhouse 1MM carcasses/year
  • Improvement of the cold production obtained with an expert control system developed to measure
  • 20.5% reduction in the energy consumption of the refrigeration plant
  • Actual savings: 166,000 €/year // Payback: 6 months

CASE 2: COMPRESSOR CONTROL OPTIMIZATION

Optimización de control de compresores

  • Seafood Processing Company
  • Proposal of change of standard control of compressors in refrigeration installation by an expert control proposed by ITCL.
  • 42% improvement in annual energy consumption
  • Annual saving: 180,000 €/year