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WaterWatt Report Summary

Project ID: 695820
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.3.7.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - WaterWatt (Improvement of energy efficiency in industrial water circuits using gamification for online self-assessment, benchmarking and economic decision support)

Reporting period: 2016-04-01 to 2017-09-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The improvement of energy efficiency across European industry is crucial for competitiveness. So far, the measures for increasing energy efficiency have been directed at primary production processes. In this project, the improvement of energy efficiency in industrial water circuits will be addressed, namely auxiliary electric motor driven systems with high optimisation potential. The European manufacturing industry consumes about 37,000 million m3/y freshwater recycling it up to 10 times with the specific electrical energy consumption > 0.2 kWh/m3. With according energy consumption of 74,000 GWh/a, the potential 10 % savings amount to 7,400 GWh/a. Currently, there is neither a benchmark on the energy consumption in industrial water circuits, nor tools for its systematic reduction, nor awareness of the saving potential. The WaterWatt project aims at removing market barriers for energy efficient solutions, in particular the lack of expertise and information on energy management and saving potential in industrial water circuits.
These aims will be achieved through: i) case studies in relevant industries, ii) development of improvement measures for energy efficiency in industrial water circuits, iii) market studies, iv) capacity building activities and v) dissemination in workshops and by e-learning. An Energy Efficiency Evaluation Platform (E3 Platform) will be developed to disseminate knowledge on energy efficiency improvements using gaming approach. The tools of E3 Platform will be used by SMEs and large industrial producers for self-assessment and improvement of the energy efficiency in their circuits. WaterWatt will reach more than 2,000 relevant persons, organisations and policy makers triggering investments of € 7 to 12 million resulting in primary energy saving of 100 to 180 GWh/a during the project life-time.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The energy demand of industrial water circuits (IWCs) of various industrial branches was examined. The aim was to select representative water circuits and to identify specific energy demands to provide the basis for transferable benchmark definitions. The studies have been performed in four countries and four industrial sectors. Mathematical models were developed for the simulation of typical industrial water circuits and their components, which will be integrated into the E3 Platform. Running the simulations allows to optimise existing circuits and their components and hence to evaluate the potential reduction in energy consumption in industrial water circuits.
Aside from technical factors, human and organizational factors may pertain to the improvement of energy efficiency in industrial water circuits as well. These factors were examined by interviewing key personnel with the aim to identify how more energy efficient behaviours might be encouraged, particularly through the use of gamification. It also examined the capacity for more general efficiency gains to be made through changes in firm approaches to work organization, as it relates to the working with industrial water circuits, and particularly as mediated by regulatory efficiency and environmental frameworks at the EU, national and sector level.
Thereby, a wider set of contextual factors (e.g. barriers to IWC investment, influences on payback time) were identified that affect the potential for efficiency gains and limited interest from industry in gamification.
The E3 Platform has been designed and a first version has been implemented. The simulation tool included in the current online platform allows registered users to design IWC graphically by adding specific hydraulic components on a board and to connect them creating a circuit. Running a performance simulation on the designed circuit shows its energy efficiency. The implemented tool will help to remove market barriers for energy efficient solutions, in particular the lack of information on saving potential in industrial water circuits.
A ‘data-joint’ tool of financial opportunities has been developed for SMEs, public organizations and corporate groups. The tool allows a quick view and understanding of available funding and the requirements to be fulfilled for each type of funding and hence to improve the energy efficiency of water circuits.
For communication and promotion of activities of the WaterWatt project a strategic dissemination plan has been developed. A portfolio of activities has been initiated in order to engage the relevant stakeholders to create awareness of the project and the E3 Platform.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

Basic data for the calculation of benchmarks and evaluation of energy efficiency of industrial water circuits was gathered. Relevant circuits from various industries were studied and their specific energy demand was measured. This data basis will be widened providing benchmarks and description of good practice in the construction and operation of industrial water circuits. This data will be used by circuit operators to evaluate improvement potential of their circuit and will motivate them to reduce the energy demand by investing in energy efficiency. The simulation of energy and water consumption in typical water circuits is performed. The energy demand and water flow values were introduced into the models, the energy efficiency was analysed and the improvement potentials were identified, taking into account the KPIs defined for each circuit. An energy efficient database of components was developed to support the improvements. This will engage operators in optimizing their water circuits and consequently boost the reduction of energy consumption of industrial water circuits as well as to reduce the CO2 emissions, thus increasing the competitiveness of the European industry.
The results identify the capacity for gamification techniques to improve energy efficiency behaviours and provide new understandings of the scope of socio-technical innovations in the workplace for energy efficiency improvements. In addition, the identification of contextual factors and research on the implications of efficiency and environmental regulations has contributed to understandings of the capacity and scope for energy efficiency in ways not envisaged at the outset of the project. Here, the project contributes to contextualising the cost-effectiveness of investment in water circuits, thereby indicating whether an investment in energy efficiency has positive or negative cost implications.
The simulation tool included in the current online E3 Platform allows users to add specific hydraulics components on a board, connecting them to create a circuit and then performing a simulation showing the energy efficiency of the built circuit. The tool exploits OpenModelica, an open-source modeling and simulation environment. The implemented tool will help to remove market barriers for energy efficient solutions, in particular the lack of information on saving potential in industrial water circuits.
The tool of financial opportunities facilitating access to existing national and European funds enables the involved entities to have a quick understanding on the available funding as well as to identify the eligibility criteria for each funding. This tool engages operators/managers to apply optimization measures in their circuits and reduce overall industrial water energy and water consumptions as well as CO2 emissions. A market analysis, a business plan as well as an exploitation plan will be developed.

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