Energy analysis of a case-study textile mill by using real-time energy data

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Abstract

The textile industry has relatively high energy consumption compared to other small and medium industries. More energy performance studies are required to improve process energy efficiency. For any energy efficiency study, measuring the energy consumption quantitatively is the first step. This paper utilises high-resolution empirical energy data of a vertical case study textile mill to estimate its overall energy use and to find out any underlying efficiency improvement opportunities. Average seasonal load profiles have been calculated against shift patterns and weekly and annual consumption trends are investigated. Despite winters being at a time of off-peak production, heating related gas use was found to be significantly high during this period, with high specific energy consumption (SEC) per unit of production. The study identified some actionable energy saving opportunities that consisted of reducing the weekend baseline load for both electric and gas through behaviour change and simple management. Some site-specific processes and technology-based energy savings were also identified. The paper reveals how a more detailed energy analysis of a process-specific non-domestic building (such as a textile manufacturer) can provide much richer and actionable information than more standard energy audits and surveys. The key methods and techniques used in this analysis are outlined in the paper, such that they may be extrapolated to other non-domestic buildings in similar industries.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECEEE 2014 Industrial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency
Subtitle of host publicationRetool for a Competitive and Sustainable Industry
PublisherEuropean Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
Pages223-231
Number of pages9
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9789198048254
ISBN (Print)9789198048247
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event2014 ECEEE Industrial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency: Retool for a Competitive and Sustainable Industry - Arnhem, Netherlands
Duration: 2 Jun 20145 Jun 2014

Publication series

NameECEEE Industrial Summer Study proceedings
PublisherECEEE
ISSN (Print)2001-7979
ISSN (Electronic)2001-7987

Conference

Conference2014 ECEEE Industrial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency: Retool for a Competitive and Sustainable Industry
CountryNetherlands
CityArnhem
Period2/06/145/06/14

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Keywords

  • Energy demand
  • Energy efficiency assessment
  • Peak and off-peak production
  • Textile manufacturing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Cite this

Agha, A., & Jenkins, D. P. (2014). Energy analysis of a case-study textile mill by using real-time energy data. In ECEEE 2014 Industrial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency: Retool for a Competitive and Sustainable Industry (Vol. 1, pp. 223-231). (ECEEE Industrial Summer Study proceedings). European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.