Application of Energy Efficient and Energy Saving Solutions in Logistics Centers

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Nowadays, it is getting more and more essential to apply energy management systems and energy efficient solutions in logistics centers which may well lead to a significant 40-50% energy use reduction.
In such buildings electricity makes up 60-80% of all energy consumption, the majority of which is used for lighting. The remaining per cent goes for heating and air-conditioning.

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In case of a new logistics center it is necessary to plan the energy management system carefully at the design stage of the building and select the suitable electrical equipments to be applied (e.g.: energy efficient illuminators). In addition, the possibility of using renewable energy sources is also should be examined (e.g.: solar energy etc.) Comparing these practices to the traditional ones expenses can be reduced by 60-80%.

In the case of already existing logistics buildings, depending on investment budget, it is reasonable to modernize lighting equipment and build the connecting automation system. It is also necessary to install the energy management system with which energy consumption can be kept track of and parameterization of controlling functions can be made.
If these investments are done in more stages, the first step should be the installation of the energy management system that leads to 10% energy save on the average (the system detects inefficiently operating fields and optimizes operation). 

The second step should be the implementation of lighting control with which an additional 20% energy saving can be realized (motion sensor control, light sensor control, work schedule based control etc.) together with the optimization of used energy for heating and air-conditioning (maintain optimal temperature in the building). The usual payback period of such investments is between 0,5 and 3 years. Nevertheless, changing the lighting equipments in already existing buildings is very expensive and in many cases cannot be executed without modifying the power supply (changing distribution boards). It would significantly increase the payback period of the investment, so it is advised to examine the possibilities at the very beginning of a new investment. 
Due to continuous monitoring the energy management software not only ensures increase in efficient energy usage but guarantees secure power supply and cost-effective building maintenance.

Overview of applicable energy management solutions in logistics buildings:

  • Avoid subscribed power- overruns by automatic load-shedding (in case of electricity and gas)
  • Implementation of lighting control
  • Consumption monitoring and subscribed power optimization
  • Cost-allocation and sub-billing
  • Automatic transfer switches
  • Heating control
  • Solutions for energy efficiency improvements (renewable energy sources, application of variable frequency drivers etc.)
  • Building maintenance and monitoring solutions (alarms by SMS and/or e-mail, alarms and events logs, keeping track of events and event change, application of automation softwares)

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