Waste heat recovery
Using energy from production
Systematic energy management is on the agenda for most companies these days. As it is for Technoform too. The company's energy management has been certified according to DIN ISO 50.001 since 2015. Process engineer Dirk Hochhuth is responsible for this area, as the energy management officer.
The commitment to this is extensive and varied: For example, at Technoform they have been working with waste heat recovery technology for two years now. The waste heat from production is put to use for heating and hot water, so no energy is lost. "It works by means of a heat exchanger, which is coupled to two compressors,” explains Dirk Hochhuth.
Systematic energy management is based on recording energy flows in a company and improving its energy efficiency. They are also working on that at Technoform, with test series running at the moment. For a year they have been testing how much energy is consumed on some of the production lines. This varies, according to Dirk Hochhuth, as the temperatures differ in extrusion, depending on the material used. Electricity consumption is also on the test bench, to see what demand there is and what potential savings are to be found.