, Aixtron receives German Energy Agency’s Energy Efficiency Award 2017

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21 November 2017

Aixtron receives German Energy Agency’s Energy Efficiency Award 2017

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Deposition equipment maker Aixtron SE has received the Energy Efficiency Award 2017 of the German Energy Agency (DENA) in the category ‘Energy efficiency 4.0’ for its digital measurement and remote monitoring of energy data as well as for carrying out extensive energy-efficiency measures in heating and cooling systems.

In 2014, Aixtron initiated the project to examine the energy management at its headquarters in Herzogenrath (in the urban region of Aachen), as the generation of the required cooling and heating volumes required a high amount of power despite the modern and highly efficient systems. Together with the energy service provider SPIE Energy Solutions GmbH, different energy efficiency measures were developed (based on a thorough analysis) and then subsequently implemented.

The result is a lasting reduction in power consumption by at least 6.4GWh/year, leading to a reduction in CO2 of 1884 t/year as well as cost savings of 211,000 €/year, it is reckoned. In its evaluation of the project, the panel of judges at the Energy Efficiency Awards particularly emphasized the continuous and committed planning and execution of the energy-efficiency measures.

“With the help of extensive analysis and the subsequent implementation of energy-efficiency measures in collaboration with SPIE Energy Solutions, we were able to reduce the energy and gas consumption of our heating and cooling systems by at least 74% as well as the corresponding energy costs by more than 40%,” notes Karl-Heinz Göbbels, head of facility management at Aixtron and one of the project’s initiators. “Our investments in an innovative, digitally controlled energy management system will be amortized in just a few years,” he adds.

“By reducing the energy consumption and consequently also decreasing the connected CO2 emissions, we actively contribute to easing the environmental burden in Aachen’s urban region,” says Aixtron’s president Dr Bernd Schulte.

The German Energy Agency issues the Energy Efficiency Award as part of its EnergieEffizienz initiative. The international competition is under the auspices of Federal Economics Minister Brigitte Zypries, and is fostered by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as well as by partners Danfoss and KfW.

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