Danfoss: Energy efficiency can boost German competitiveness now

Date: 13 November 2014

Energy-efficient solutions with a short pay-back time are ready to be installed in infrastructure, buildings and industry, leading to new jobs and savings that will boost Germany’s competitiveness.

Danfoss  is stepping up efforts to support the energy transformation in Germany. The company is a partner organization of the German Energy Agency’s Energy Efficiency Congress (DENA Congress) to discuss pragmatic solutions and framework conditions, which can enable a successful transformation, and at the same time boost the country’s competitiveness. The Congress was held in Berlin November 11-12.

“70% of German energy consumption is used for power and heating. Energy-efficient technologies are available, which can save huge amounts of energy by controlling motors, heating and cooling in industry and buildings, and making infrastructure more efficient. These technologies are well-proven and have a short pay-back time,” says Danfoss COO Kim Fausing, who spoke at the Energy Efficiency Congress on Tuesday.

According to the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), investments in energy efficiency, would enable Germany to create 150,000 new jobs, reduce CO2 emissions by 45 million tons and save 10 billion Euros in energy costs by 2020. In addition, it would also mean reduced dependency on imported energy.

The potential for energy efficiency is especially huge in cities through the deployment of intelligent infrastructure. One example is the HafenCity in Hamburg. In the new residential area, consumption of power, heating and cooling is kept to a minimum through energy-efficient solutions with Danfoss technologies in buildings and the supply systems. A solution with combined district heating and power generation ensures that surplus heat from a local power plant is used to heat the buildings, instead of being wasted into the environment. This way, 90% of the primary energy can be utilized – a concept which could easily be expanded to other residential areas and cities. Today, district heating systems only meet 13% of demand in Germany.

Going forward, Danfoss will take an active part in the German Energy Agency’s projects to expand energy efficiency in residential areas and buildings.

Kim Fausing says: “We are intensifying our cooperation with DENA to help realize the potential for energy efficiency in Germany. Ambitious targets are needed at national, regional and municipal level, combined with the right framework conditions that guide the industry and house-owners to invest in technologies with low pay-back time and maximum effect. This will speed up results and make the energy transformation possible.”

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