Im­prove your bot­tom line with En­ergy for In­dus­try

Here’s how they did it for some of New Zealand’s lead­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions.

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The ur­gent need for ef­fi­cient en­ergy use is top of mind for for­ward-think­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions all round the world. In New Zealand, En­ergy for In­dus­try (EFI) has more than 10 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in en­abling cost sav­ings, in­creas­ing ef­fi­ciency, and re­duc­ing green­house gas emis­sions.

En­ergy for In­dus­try is a busi­ness that has carved a unique po­si­tion in the in­dus­trial and com­mer­cial en­ergy sec­tor by de­liv­er­ing en­ergy so­lu­tions that meet cus­tomers’ par­tic­u­lar needs. EFI of­fers wasteto-en­ergy op­tions, in­clud­ing har­ness­ing land­fill gas, wood and other wastes to meet in­dus­trial and com­mer­cial en­ergy needs. This is of­ten com­bined with ‘dual fuel’ ap­proaches, where boil­ers burn­ing waste are teamed up with a cur­rent or new fos­sil fuel boiler plant. This means the cus­tomer gets the best of both worlds: sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing cost and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact with­out sac­ri­fic­ing se­cu­rity of sup­ply.

The com­pany has also suc­cess­fully cre­ated new en­ergy ‘clus­ters’, where neigh­bour­ing busi­nesses share the ben­e­fits of an EFI owned and op­er­ated en­ergy plant. An ad­di­tional ben­e­fit to cus­tomers is EFI’s cer­ti­fi­ca­tion within the Cer­ti­fied Emis­sions Mea­sure­ment and Re­duc­tion Scheme (CEMARS®) scheme which pro­vides EFI with an au­dited process to in­cre­men­tally im­prove on emis­sions in­ten­sity tar­gets year on year.

Just one ex­am­ple of how this can play out on the ground is EFI’s Washdyke En­ergy Cen­tre near Ti­maru. Here, EFI de­vel­oped long-term part­ner­ships with a num­ber of lo­cal busi­nesses to cre­ate an en­ergy clus­ter based on a plant with two boil­ers, one of which is ca­pa­ble of run­ning on 100% wood fuel, the other on coal.

The fa­cil­ity de­liv­ers heat to the par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­nesses in the form of steam at com­pet­i­tive prices, cut­ting op­er­at­ing costs and re­duc­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact. All with­out any com­pro­mise when it comes to the re­li­a­bil­ity of sup­ply.

EFI is also pi­o­neer­ing the sale of elec­tric­ity gen­er­ated from gas pro­duced at land­fill waste sites. For ex­am­ple the elec­tric­ity gen­er­ated by EFI’s gen­er­a­tion plant lo­cated at the Sil­ver­stream land­fill is mar­keted to one of NZ’s lead­ing res­i­den­tial re­tire­ment vil­lage own­ers dis­trib­uted through­out New Zealand. The elec­tric­ity is sup­plied at a fully vari­able rate and the vil­lage cus­tomers only pay for what they use, and it is com­bined with the lat­est wa­ter and space heat­ing sys­tems to al­low the vil­lages to con­trol, man­age and lower their power bills.

EFI has helped Christchurch City Coun­cil to pro­vide heat from wood residues to dry waste solids from the Brom­ley Waste Wa­ter Treat­ment plant by us­ing a flex­i­ble sys­tem of boil­ers that have the abil­ity to run on wood residues, bio­gas, land­fill gas or biodiesel.

The firm picked up the 2009 En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity Award for In­no­va­tion for its work with Sil­ver Fern Farms, one of the coun­try’s big­gest meat pro­duc­ers. EFI part­nered with Sil­ver Fern Farms to de­velop a so­lu­tion to the dis­posal of waste sludge which is con­verted into fuel for the boiler plant which in turn now cre­ates process heat for their op­er­a­tion.

Tak­ing an in­no­va­tive ap­proach to en­ergy is a pow­er­ful way of fu­ture-proof­ing busi­nesses and other or­gan­i­sa­tions against en­ergy price rises and fu­ture sup­ply is­sues. It frees up peo­ple, re­sources and cap­i­tal to fo­cus on core busi­ness. EFI’s work en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to think about the di­verse al­ter­na­tives that there are th­ese days for en­ergy man­age­ment. By work­ing to­gether, we can make them hap­pen, for the ben­e­fit of all.

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