Challenge / Goal
The Vinzenz Group is one of the largest private providers of care facilities in Austria. The group includes seven hospitals, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation centers and two care homes. In order to comply with European Energy Efficiency Regulations, the implementation of the ISO50001 Energy Management Standard and meeting energy consumption reduction targets, the Vinzenz Group decided to carry out an energy management project with the following purposes: to implement an advanced energy management solution to save energy, restrict consumption and increase
The main challenges were:
- High energy consumption: high energy consumption due to 24hour operation (lighting, heating, air condition), wide usage of cooling and heating technologies, the consumption of a large amount of natural gas for heating and an enormous consumption of hot water;
- High thermal and water losses;
- Lack of unified and efficient energy management system which covers all the facilities and providing energy consumption analyses,
- Comparison and benchmarking between several buildings.
The main objectives of the project were:
Unified energy management system to monitor, accumulate and analyze energy consumption data for all the facilities »at one place«, which will allow energy consumption benchmarking and comparison between all the buildings, the remote monitoring of energy consumption, implementation of an alarm system, defining and analysis of key energy efficiency indicators and the introduction of an energy accounting system.
The project involved implementation of tailor-made monitoring and customization of the software platform for targeted analysis of energy consumption, especially in cooling and heating technologies. (total heated water consumption, consumption of heated water from solar collectors, energy consumption of boilers, temperature monitoring of sanitarian water).
Additionally energy efficiency analysis was done including definition of key energy efficiency performance indicators. Energy performance and targeting, cost targeting and alarm in case of consumption or cost deviations, advanced analysis of energy costs, energy consumption benchmarking were additional features that were included in the system.
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