Energy efficiency projects financed by IVACE Energía and ERDF

Energy efficiency projects financed by IVACE Energía and ERDF

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2017

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February
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Azulev, S.A., executed the project titled “Reduction of the consumption of energy in furnace 3: installation of new-type burners”, which was co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and by IVACE in its programme energy-saving and -efficiency in industry (File E4IN12/2014/99).

The project executed has consisted of replacing the burners installed in the furnaces with others that are more energy-efficient. This investment had entail a substantial energy improvement for our company, achieving a reduction in the consumption of gas in the furnace.

The main results and objects achieved by carrying out this action have been:

  • Reduction in the emissions of carbon dioxide associated with the combustion of natural gas, by greater use of the heat in the interior of the furnace.
  • Reduction in production costs to increase the competitiveness of the company.
  • Contribution to achieving the objectives set in the Kyoto Protocol, in order to slow global warming on the planet.

In addition, Azulev, S.A., executed the project titled “Automatic system for the control of raw pieces and energy saving in the first phase of the process: qualitron check point system”, which was co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and by IVACE in its programme energy-saving and -efficiency in industry (File E4IN12/2014/94).

The Project executed consisted of acquiring and installing on the glazing line an automatic process control process (Qualitron Check Point). The main function of this system is to detect defects in the production process phase in which it is installed, which entails an improve in the quality level and also greater energy efficiency, given than on detecting the defect in one of the first phases of the production process such as the glazing phase, this is corrects and no longer occurs in the rest of the sections of the process, making it possible to reduce the deterioration by almost 100% and fully to exploit the energy, which provides for a significant energy saving.

The main results and objects achieved by carrying out this action have been:

  • To reduce energy consumption and increase the efficiency of the production plant.
  • To intervene effectively and rapidly in the different phases of the process, where the defects originate, to improve the quality level and the efficiency of the process.
  • To reduce the downtime in the different sections.
  • To reduce the number of shades and the sub-classifications.
  • To reduce the costs related to the glazing and the firing of the material with “Non-Compliant” quality, which implicitly entails a considerable energy saving.
  • To reduce the costs of eliminating the fired material, given that materials not suitable for sale will not pass through the furnace.
  • To reuse the discarded material as raw material, since the raw bisque can be returned to the clay supplier, who can reuse it to obtain new raw material.