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Press release
SPIE Energy Solutions awarded prize for efficient cooling technology

- German Minister of the Environment Hendricks presented the 2016 German Cooling Prize
- SPIE’s innovation in cooling technology reduces greenhouse gas emissions

- €10,000 prize money for efficient cooling technology


Essen, 25 April 2016 - SPIE Energy Solutions GmbH was awarded first prize in the category “Measures to Reduce Emissions by Partial Refurbishment of Cooling or Air Conditioning Systems” by a panel in Berlin.

SPIE Energy Solutions was presented with the accolade having developed a combined heat, power and cooling system for pharmaceuticals company Takeda GmbH in Singen. The energy saving project guaranteed the business savings of €1.1 million (net) by using waste heat to power an absorption cooling unit in the summer months, and heating during the winter.

In addition to the seven figure OpEx savings, primary energy demand was significantly reduced; 36 percent of the energy required for the cooling technology was generated.

Thomas Knorr, Senior Project Manager at SPIE Energy Solutions GmbH, says: “For 30 years, we at SPIE, have been planning, implementing and operating energy efficiency boosting measures with success guarantees for our customers. The German Cooling Prize reaffirms our efforts in this area and motivates us to continue innovating.”

Efficient cooling technology as a contribution for a climate-friendly future

Cooling and air conditioning systems consume approximately 16 percent of all electricity in Germany and significantly damage the climate. In 2008, in order to reduce energy consumption in this area, and help reach the German Government’s climate protection goals, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) founded the German Cooling Prize. The award recognises organisations that have developed and implemented low-emission technologies and environmentally-friendly solutions in the area of cooling technology.



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