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Press release

Winner of the ener.CON Europe Award 2015


Holcim Technology Ltd won the ENER.CON EUROPE Award 2015 for best energy efficient and
innovative project
Press release from: we.CONECT Global Leaders GmbH
Date: March 20, 2015

Berlin, March 19, 2015


On the occasion of the 4th ener.CON Europe 2015, the leading networking conference on energy
efficiency for asset intensive industries, we.CONECT bestowed the renowned ener.CON Europe
award. The prize honors projects that achieved outstanding performances in energy efficiency. CEJN
AB / Sweden won the third prize. The second place was awarded to Genzyme Sanofi / USA. The
winners of the evening were Holcim Technology Ltd and the charity organization HELP Hilfe zur
Selbsthilfe to which the prize money of 2,000 was donated.
On March 19 20, 2015, more than 80 energy experts, operations managers and facility directors
gathered at the 4th ener.CON Europe 2015 and formed Europes leading energy efficiency
community. In interactive sessions they discussed challenges, opportunities and ways to make their
production more energy efficient. The annual ener.CON 2015 award ceremony took place on the eve
of the first conference day on the March, 19 in the MOA Hotel Berlin. Malte Homann, Global Energy
Excellence Manager at Bayer Material Science AG / Germany guided through the evening. The
European award is given for unique energy-efficient projects and innovations in asset intensive
industries. Experts from Bayer Material Science, SCA Hygiene Products and LyondellBasell formed
this years jury that evaluated and nominated all submitted projects following these criteria: innovation,
simplicity, achievement, maturity, cost effectiveness, sustainability and reputation. The project FANi Fan Efficiency Initiative from Holcim Technology Ltd / Switzerland was presented by Markus Rufle and
won the first prize. Dr. Steven Driver from Genzyme Sanofi / USA was happy to receive the second
prize for the project Genzyme Gas Fired Boiler Burner. The third price went to CEJN / Sweden for their
eSafe coupling, presented by Peter Damgren.

The winner of the ener.CON EUROPE Award 2015 is Holcim Technology Ltd / Switzerland with the
project FANi - Fan Efficiency Initiative. Having started in 2013, the projects aim was to improve the
efficiency of fans as key machineries that consumed about 30 to 50 % of the electrical energy used in
cement plants. A R&D project was launched to develop a portable gas flow sensor and a low-cost fan
assessment and on-line monitoring tool-set. Pilot application testing end of 2013 revealed a huge
power saving potential of large fans. A global fan initiative (FANi) was developed with the goal to
generate benefits of more than 10 million CHF per year. A core team of 3 men developed a roll-out
procedure, 8 regional workshops with more than 150 participants have been executed and 412 fans
have been assessed worldwide. In the end the savings have exceeded the expectations. Markus

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Rufle, Electrical Energy Engineer, and Urs Herzog, Power Solutions & New Technologies Assistant
Vice-President, received the prize and thanked the entire Holcim team for their hard work.
The second place went to Genzyme Sanofi / USA for its Genzyme Gas Fired Boiler Burner project. To
reduce Genzymes carbon footprint, a steam boiler gas fired burner project was completed using new
Lipsfield technology. Two 800HP boilers operated with standard burners and control linkages (approx.
7 years old) were retrofit with the new technology. Installation of new high efficiency low O2 burners
resulted in a carbon emissions reduction of 1800 metric tons (MTCO2) of carbon per year. After
implementation, the annual natural gas savings result was 25 % and 250,000 therms with a cost
savings of $182,000. The five year net present value for this project is $550,000 with an internal rate
of return (IRR) of 200 %. The project savings was confirmed by installing inline gas meters, taking
hourly readings, measuring steam output, condensate flow and temperature. The return on investment
was 6 months validated by a Professional Registered Engineer. The project will save 9000 MTCO2
over the next 5 years equivalent to planting 204,071 trees. Dr. Steven Driver, Energy Director and
Global Engineering, was happy to receive this prize and thanked his colleague Timothy Rossini, the
manager of this project at Genzyme.

CEJN AB / Sweden, worldwide key-player in phosphate-based products and production, received the
third place for their eSafe project that had started in 2010. The cost of compressed air is high and is
increasing every day - almost 30 % of the compressed air produced by a company goes to waste.
CEJNs project aimed to produce an innovative coupling with minimum energy loss in order to use
compressed air in the most efficient way. Increasing the flow and reducing the pressure drop in the
coupling were the main challenges. CAD based flow calculation programs were used to find flow
limitations. The project leader Peter Damgren proofs that it is possible to combine top class
performance and reduction of the carbon footprint.
The prize money of 2,000 was donated to HELP, a German non-governmental relief organization
which provides humanitarian assistance for refugees, regardless of race, creed or nationality. The
organizations overall policy is help to self-help in order to empowering people to improve their
environment self-propelling.

The ener.CON EUROPE 2015 event offered more than 20 case studies, world cafs and interactive
sessions. Discussions and presentations on topics like technical feasibility, technical developments &
solutions, energy efficiency planning, design, total asset management in total plant asset management
for energy conscious organizations has surpassed the expectations of more than 80 attendees.
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Your contact person for further questions about the ener.CON Europe and the award:
Josefin Fgener
Marketing Development Manager
we.CONECT Global Leaders GmbH
Reichenberger Str. 124 | 10999 Berlin
Telefone: +49 (0)30 52 10 70 3 81
E-Mail: josefin.fuegener@we-conect.com

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