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Technologies that minimize electricity consumption

22.05.20233 min read

It is hard to imagine the world without electricity. In a digitalized and industrialized age, it is essential. However, its reduction should be the goal of every company, not only for the sake of real savings, but above all because of our concern for the environment.

Mitigating climate change and adapting to it are the key challenges of the 21st century. At the core of these challenges is the issue of energy.

Globally, as the European Environment Agency reports, the use of energy represents by far the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities. About two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions are linked to burning fossil fuels for energy to be used for heating, electricity, transportation and industry.

To succeed in limiting global warming, the world urgently needs to use energy efficiently.

Companies also face this challenge; minimizing electricity consumption is one of the most important measures that optimize operating costs. Many technologies help make such reductions. The most important thing is to determine the efficiency of machines and nature of their work. After all, it may be reasonable to replace the old machinery with a more modern fleet. Energy savings can be also achieved by automating ventilation operations using dedicated temperature, humidity and motion sensors. In this context it is worth analyzing the use of modern equipment management systems based on artificial intelligence.

Efficiency of buildings

Reducing energy consumption in buildings is very important. European Commission data shows that buildings in the EU generate a total of 40% of energy consumption and are responsible for 36% of greenhouse gas emissions. These values are largely influenced by the construction, use, renovation and demolition of buildings.

Currently, about 75% of buildings in the EU are energy inefficient. This means that we waste a significant portion of the electricity we use. It is possible to reduce energy losses by renovating existing buildings and using smart solutions and energy-efficient materials when constructing new buildings.

Improving the energy efficiency of buildings plays a key role in achieving the ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, according to a strategy such as the European Green Deal.

The system that controls energy consumption

Mitsubishi Electric has taken measures to reduce electricity for several years. The company is renowned for the quality of its product range, delivering high performance, energy-efficient, and sustainable solutions.

A good example is the solution used in Japan House São Paulo, a cultural center built in 2017. Mitsubishi Electric provided the building with the system which allows building management to collect information on the amount of energy (including electricity and gas) and water used not only by the building as a whole, but also by each facility and each piece of equipment.

This data is then analyzed for results that are presented visually in an intuitive format that makes it easier to pinpoint areas where energy use can be reduced. Mitsubishi Electric’s solution also features EcoMonitor energy measuring units and monitoring inverters for efficiently managing energy use and performing preventive maintenance on the equipment.

These are the solutions that have contributed to the fact that Japan House São Paulo was awarded Platinum certification by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a rating system that grades a building or city on its environmental impact.

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