The second of six fields of activity with regard to corporate responsibility
The sparing use of energy is one of the biggest tasks of our time. We thereby meet the challenges of climate change head on and, in doing so, help our customers to make their production fit for the future and to be economical and responsible with increasingly tighter resources. At Festo, developing innovative solutions for the more efficient use of energy has been a major concern to us for many years.
Energy Saving Services: reducing energy consumption in production
With Festo Energy Saving Services, our aim is to exploit energy-saving potential in pneumatic installations as much as possible. With this service, we are able to reduce the compressed air consumption in our own production locations and those of our customers. This is done by means of more efficient compressed air generation, lower compressed air consumption and by preventing compressed air losses.
In three steps towards mutual success
At the same time, the measures help to prevent unplanned production downtime and thus contribute to constant and fault-free production. In three steps – analysis, planning and implementation – we achieve the following mutual success: up to 60 per cent of the energy can be saved in this way with increased productivity and higher reliability.
EnEffAH research project: increasing efficiency in automation
Festo wants to leverage great potential with EnEffAH. The abbreviation stands for ‘Energy efficiency in production in the field of drive and handling technology’, a joint project within the energy research programme sponsored by the German federal government.
Technology mix of electronics and pneumatics
The project develops methods and simulation tools that help to plan, design and operate automated facilities and also involve the chain of electrical and pneumatic energy provision. The results showed that a good technology mix composed of electrics and pneumatics as well as the correct layout and optimised operation of drive components is particularly worthwhile: the energy consumption in production can be reduced by up to 70 per cent by this.