A professional analysis of the current situation in energy consumption, prior to undertaking modernisation of any infrastructure, is a very important process on the way to the optimisation of your investment. An essential step, prior to investment, is the obtainment of a full picture of the current situation, possible solutions, results achieved and the costs of activities. Based on this data, it is possible to take adequately appropriate decisions.
An energy audit offer, inclusive of lighting, allows extensive knowledge to be gained at each of the stages implemented, as is described briefly below.
Analysis of the current state of infrastructure.
An assessment is made of the technical condition and operation of the infrastructure and the overall state of the equipment and installation. The outcome will be the establishment of the necessary work to be done independently of energy efficiency problems, vis-à-vis the state of technical wear, faulty automatics or misuse. On the basis of the measures taken, including a local survey, the causes of excessive energy consumption resulting from the material object, its installation or its improper operation are searched for. An energy efficient system is affected by a series of sub-parameters, depending on the type of energy source and the method of its use, its location and the type of equipment used, process control, regulation and total loss. Values are determined either on the basis of documentation, site visits or on testing and measurement. All activities aim to determine energy consumption and costs.
Verification of accepted parameters.
Based on the assessment of the current state of the infrastructure, as well as on formal regulations and legislation and the needs of the user, it is possible to prepare assumptions for modernisation. The parameters obtained are compared to the actual energy consumption and operating costs in the previous, representative period. Where the model of the object assumed, along with technological systems, does not correspond to reality, appropriate adjustments are made and, if necessary, additional tests and measurements are carried out so that the proposal for modernisation is not only effective but is, above all, useful.
A review and offer of possible technical and organisational solutions.
The development of feasible improvements and projects is proposed which will result in lower consumption and thus in reduced operating costs. The specific solutions proposed in the audit are selected on the basis of extensive market knowledge and expertise in each field in question.
Determination of investment expenditures.
Using the available market offers and modernisation guidelines for the infrastructure developed, as well as other documents available, including cost estimates, the anticipated financial outlay for each project, in the form of a simplified cost estimation is made.
Calculation of project efficiency.
Calculation of the energy consumption savings that will result from the implementation of individual projects is a key element of the audit. Reduction of the costs incurred, that is, the difference in energy fees after completion of the improvements, affects the profitability of the investment. The result of working out energy savings parameters and thus the ecological effect of showing a reduction in the emission of harmful gases by demonstrating economic efficiency, is key data when it comes to arriving at decisions about the project.
Any investment in energy efficiency, beyond the obvious effects of reducing energy consumption, must guarantee economic efficiency and therefore profitability. The purpose of any economic analysis is to arrange projects in descending order from most to least profitable. The analysis involves comparing the costs, benefits and savings of the investments evaluated, based on the indicators calculated, for example SPBT, NPV, IRR as well as on the criteria used for energy-saving investments in, for example, CCE, CCC.
Determination of the recommended scope of work
The optimum and most profitable scope of work must be selected. Selection of the project range is based mainly on economic criteria but utility considerations and the expectations of users are not without significance when considering such as safety, functionality and so forth.
We encourage our customers to carry out an audit before upgrading their lighting; in fact, most EU and national aid programmes require such audits as a fundamental prerequisite. The common objective of the audit is to identify the optimal solution.
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