Sunday, November 19, 2017

Greenitiatives

We want to ensure every customer achieves sustainability from the built environment

 

The Bengaluru based Enspar Energy Solutions Pvt Ltd is a major player in the area of Energy Audit.
SHRAVAN GUPTA, MANAGING DIRECTOR, ENSPAR ENERGY SOLUTIONS PVT LTD responded to CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES’s queries on his organisation agenda in the sustainability space.

 

 

Tell us about the role played by Enspar in the green building and sustainability space? What are the various services offered by your firm with the objective of ensuring a sustainable built environment?

 

Our role in green building starts from energy efficient design to certification under LEED or GRIHA standards. This involves aspects like building envelope solutions, sun path analysis, daylight and shading analysis, lighting simulation, heat island effect, thermal comfort and design, CFD, water and waste management etc. In the sustainability space, we offer services like sustainability strategy and reporting. This involves Corporate Social Responsibility,sustainability baseline assessment, Gap analysis and benchmark performance against selected key sustainability parameters, determine sustainability vision and roadmap and reporting of sustainable parameters of an industry in accordance with GRI G4/ GRI 3.1 guidelines. Tremendous potential exists in design stage intervention to build a sustainable infrastructure. And we aim to do that.

 

 

Give us an understanding of the projects where Enspar’s energy solutions find application?

We provide consultancy and solutions in energy conservation and sustainability space. One of our primary focuses is on Energy strategy which comprises of a detailed efficiency assessment (energy audit), Renewable Energy and Power Purchase/Sale strategies. Followed by solution design and commissioning of measures as recommended to the customer. We also provide services in Clean Development Mechanism, GHG Accounting, Life Cycle Analysis & Environmental Due Diligence Review and Sustainability reporting as required by GRI guidelines. So putting it in a nut shell, any project related to energy and sustainability falls under our area of expertise.

 

 

Tell us about the products and sustainable building solutions offered? What are the benefits of each?

Our sustainability team is working on Green Building Design and Certification process under LEED and GRIHA standards. As explained earlier, this involves aspects like building envelope solutions, sun path analysis, daylight and shading analysis, lighting simulation, heat island effect, thermal comfort and design, CFD, water and waste management etc.We also have off-the-shelf products/solutions in energy monitoring space, efficient lighting, retrofits for refrigerators and HVAC systems, intelligent controllers for motors etc. As far as benefits are concerned: simply put it means reduced operations expenses which obviously is the first target of any industry. Besides that we save a lot of energy and reduce carbon emissions.

 

 

Tell us about your energy audit activities, assessments and various training programmes offered? Could you name the sectors that stand to benefit (residential and commercial real estate, retail, IT, manufacturing etc)?

In terms of energy auditing, we have carried out studies for all sectors like IT & ITES, Steel Sector, Refineries, Fertilizer Sector, Hospitality, Institutions, Residential townships, Retail, etc. Our team executing the energy audits consists of Accredited Energy Auditors and Certified Energy Auditors approved by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency. An integral team with experience in several areas like Electrical/Thermal Energy systems, process, sustainability, HVAC, earthing, water management etc. gives us an edge in delivering the right value to the customers. Energy audit is a comprehensive evaluation aimed at identifying all saving opportunities in the following areas:

A.  No/Low Cost Savings

B.  2 Year paybacks

C.  Long-term Investments

 

Energy Audit covers performance/efficiency analysis of electrical and thermal systems, process optimization, power quality, thermography, indoor comfort level etc. Our trainings focus on energy audits, operational procedures and safety.

 

Tell us about the equipment used in the measurementof energy levels in areas such as lighting, refrigeration, air-conditioning, motors and LED lighting?

We use instrumentation from some of the world renowned brands like Fluke, Testo, GE, Amprobe etc.

A host of instruments like Power Quality & Energy Analysers, Infrared Thermography Cameras, Flue gas Analyzer, Indoor Air Quality meter, Ultrasonic flow meter, Ultrasonic leak detector, Anemometer, Lux meter, Rpm meter etc are used for performance analysis.

 

Could you briefly talk of the specific benefits accrued in a project because of the use of products and solutions offered by your firm, with a few case studies? Tell us about your key projects and customers?

Our goal for every project is to benefit the customers by reducing their energy expenditure and carbon footprint with nil or low investment. For example, an energy saving potential of 23 per cent in a garment Industry was reported while 32 per cent of energy saving potential was witnessed in an IT company.

Some of our key projects are JSW Steel, Ernst & Young, Page Industries, Indus International School and Yokogawa.

 

To what extent is application of solutions as offered by firms such as yours dictated by price? What is the level of awareness and comfort in India for concepts like energy saving?

Note that there are 3 levels of engagement from a customer. The first one is on the customers own initiative to save energy and reduce his bills. The second stems from his urge or desire for sustainable habitat and corporate sustainability. The third is driven by government policies like mandatory energy audits. The price therefore varies and depends on the customer's budget. The level of awareness had improved to a great extent and customers are looking at innovative solutions and there is a huge market for such solutions.

 

 

Tell us of the various challenges in marketing green products and solutions in a country like India? Could you name some of the firms which are very receptive to employment of green solutions?

Most of the customers expect energy savings and immediate returns. Awareness of how an energy service works is slowly growing. However, the value proposition - varies from customer to customer.

Several big names in the Industry are conscious about their energy footprint. Few like Infosys, ITC, Godrej etc are already way ahead in the game of energy efficiency.

 

 

The Indian government has outlined plans to construct 100 smart cities. What is the role firms like yours can expect to play in the Smart City space?

Smart cities are all about being sustainable and it is our aim to ensure that every customer of ours achieves it from his built environment. Some of the services that are essential for a smart city are energy,
water and waste management, green buildings and factories, energy analytics, building energy efficiency, automation, renewable energy etc.

 

ENISCOPE - REAL-TIME ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Eniscope is a unique energy analyser, which plugs into your system and relays meaningful energy use data and graphical analysis locally and over the web. Through it one sees the real-time energy consumption of buildings, departments, circuits and even machines. Eniscope combines world-class metering technology with an advanced energy network controller; putting live readings and real-time graphical logs within reach, 24 hours a day, from the desktop, laptop or mobile phone. Instantly, you can spot trends, anomalies and wastage, make informed decisions and see immediate results from improvements you’ve made.

 

CASE STUDY: StyleMark are the world’s largest sunglasses manufacturer. In 2006 they shipped a phenomenal 35 million units and currently 1 out of every 3 pairs of sunglasses sold in the United States are made by StyleMark. As with many other large manufacturers, energy is becoming an increasingly significant component of their operating budget. In an effort to bring their spiraling energy costs under control they turned to Eniscope. A trial was set up on a key distribution panel in their main factory. Eniscope immediately picked up on a HVAC problem that had previously gone unnoticed. A simple strategy was recommended in response to the information revealed by Eniscope and within two weeks the energy consumption on that panel was reduced by over 50 per cent. This equated to a saving of over $10,000.

 

 

CHILLED UNIT ENERGY SAVERS

The Chilled Unit Energy Saver is a non-toxic wax food simulant contained in a protective enclosure that mimics food temperature. Once in place, the Chilled Unit Energy Saver transforms the fundamental operation of the refrigerator because it will now use food temperature as the signal to control its refrigeration cycle rather than changeable air temperature. The effect is a more efficient refrigeration cycle, where the individual cycle lasts longer but the frequency is reduced by up to 80 per cent. This can result in energy savings of up to 33 per cent without any compromise to food safety and quality.

 

CASE STUDY: Chilled Unit Energy Savers Safeway are one of the largest grocery retailers in North America with over 1775 stores. They have a strong commitment to environmental protection, which includes adopting proactive measures to minimise waste. In harmony with this policy, a prominent division of Safeway agreed to trial Chilled Unit Energy Saver on one of their frozen warehouses. This resulted in a stunning payback of 3 months.

 

 

 

LED LIGHTING

LED halogen replacements can offer a solution that improves efficiency whilst saving costs. Simply fitted into existing sockets, the LED technology consumes 80 per cent less energy than a conventional halogen bulb, whilst lasting 25 times longer. In addition to this, with the LED replacements working at an improved 85 per cent efficiency they give off very little heat, reducing the risk of injury or fire. Considering these factors and looking at the savings in monthly energy costs, additional bulb purchases and maintenance, it is clear that this is a more financially viable option over standard halogen bulbs.


CASE STUDY: A luxury hotel in South-West England decided to replace the 35W halogen downlights in the corridors, bedrooms and lobby areas with our replacement GU10 lamps which consume only 3.7W each, in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint and reduce their high electricity bills. A six-week trial was initially carried out, replacing approximately 200 lamps with our LED replacements and an immediate reduction of over 70 per cent in total energy consumption was noticed in that part of the hotel. Taking account of the other energy-consuming appliances in these areas it was estimated that their power usage on downlighting in this area had been reduced by over 85 per cent.

 




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