Insights into standby power use and potential energy savings

GEA Group is one of the largest technology suppliers for food processing and a wide range of other industries. The GEA office in the Netherlands, previously GEA Grasso, was looking for a solution to get an insight into the energy consumption of their energy reduction. The factory makes cooling compressors for the enterprise cooling industry. After successfully installing the energy sensors on the most relevant machines, GEA is now receiving valuable information about their energy consumption. Interesting saving opportunities were found mainly through standby power use.

Key results

Insights into machine-level energy consumption

Yearly savings of €7700

Insights into standby power losses

What the customer wanted

As coordinator of the technical department at GEA Refrigeration the Netherlands N.V, Ruud Heuvel, is responsible for the maintenance and management of the production plant and related utilities. ‘We have an industrial plant with a lot of electrical equipment, so it is important to optimise our energy use and to prevent unnecessary energy losses. We executed some energy audits in the past, but they gave little insight into the saving potential and standby power losses. Sensorfact offers a solution that provides these insights’.

Solution for the customer

After selecting the most interesting machines, we installed several energy sensors at, among others, machine tools, spray booths, and drying cabins. ‘The main reason we decided to work with Sensorfact was to get more insight into the break-down of energy consumption. The installation of the hardware is straightforward. The received data is easy to interpret by using the Sensorfact software.’

The result

‘We achieved our main objective of purchasing the Sensorfact solution, which was to get an insight into machine-level energy usage. The data is, amongst other things, used for creating management reports. Furthermore, we found out that some of the machines were turned off unnecessarily. These insights saved us €7700 annually. We have already received two years of valuable information related to our energy consumption. We expect that Sensorfact will keep delivering their added value in the coming years.’


Ruud Heuvel | GEA

Coordinator Technical Department

“I am really satisfied with the collaboration. We have already received two years of valuable information about our energy consumption”. 

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