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FAQ On this page you will find the most frequently asked questions and precise information on how to submit required documents to carry out the Virtual Energy Assessment or Virtual Energy Model.

Questions about the Energy Audit


What is MIPU?
MIPU is a business accelerator that provides expertise and a co-working space to the Energy Audit. MIPU also has a R&D department that supports the Energy Audit during the design and development of new products. To find out more about MIPU follow the link.

Is the Energy Audit an ESCO?
No. The Energy Audit provides its expertise and tools to companies and actors in the energy efficiency sector (Energy Managers, Consultants and ESCOs), but does not act as such. We only carry out remote analysis for energy audits and other work related to energy efficiency. Our competences are enhanced by a network of ESCOs, energy managers and certified energy consultants.

Questions concerning the software the Energy Analysis


Do I have to enter data manually?
Not necessarily: You can import your spreadsheet file directly by selecting the required fields in the software. Alternatively you can download a template spreadsheet where you can fill in any required data.

Is the Energy Analysis a monitoring software?
No, the Energy Analysis is a software tool which is used offline. It analyses data but not in real time. You can analyze data coming from a monitoring system by converting it into a spreadsheet format and then importing it into the software.

Can I perform calculations for the thermal transmittance of the building envelope?
No, the software analyzes internal factors related to energy consumption. The study of thermal effects can be carried out afterwards by creating models that correlate energy consumption and thermal influences (such as temperature or tables of degree days).

Does the software suggest improvement measures?
Not directly, but through the output that is illustrated with graphs and charts you can notice abnormalities. The software, however, does not suggest new technologies or behavioral changes. The auditor therefore must be acquainted with technological knowledge, habits of the establishment or company and good analytical skills to understand which actions have to be taken to improve efficiency. The profession of energy manager requires a thorough training and broad experience in all matters related to energy and energy management.

Questions concerning Virtual Energy Assessment


What is a Virtual Energy Assessment and how is it different from an energy audit?
A Virtual Energy Assessment is an energy audit performed without a visit or inspection to the site. This type of energy audit is a good first check-up of energy consumption. It helps in gaining a preliminary picture of the site’s energy situation. Furthermore, the Virtual Energy Assessment helps in evaluating the results of previous work done in terms of energy efficiency.

COMPARITIVE TABLE:

Description

Virtual Energy Assessment

On-site Audit

Analysis of monthly data

X

X

Analysis of hourly data

X

X

Analysis of 15 ' data

X

X

Analysis of bills and billing information

X

X

Consumption breakdown

X

X

Identification of monitoring systems

X

X

Comparative analysis of data and energy drivers

X

X

Analysis of specific energy indicators

X

X

Verification of power measurements

X

Visual inspection of machinery

X

Definition of the exact location of gauges

X



Do I need to deliver all data required for a Virtual Energy Assessment?
The greater the amount of received data, the more detailed is the audit. The minimum data required in order to understand how energy is used within your company are the technical data sheets of equipment/machines and the utility bills. By knowing the location of your factory we can assess meteorological data with a surcharge of 100 €.

Is it possible to customize the report with my logo and personal data?
Yes, for a personalized report we charge additional € 150 for each report. The layout will be created according to your specific needs and will be delivered in PDF format.

I have several audits to be carried out during the year, can I make a commercial agreement with the Energy Audit?
Contact us via e-mail and provide information about the quantity and frequency of audits that you wish to carry out and we will come back to you with a proposal.

How can I obtain past meteorological data such as temperature?
There are many websites that provide weather data from weather stations near your establishment or building. For a surcharge of €100 we can take care of getting the necessary data and most importantly check its validity.


Questions concerning Virtual Energy Model


Is it possible to customize the report with my logo and personal data? Yes, for a personalized report we charge additional € 150 for each report. The layout will be created according to your specific needs and will be delivered in PDF format.

How can I obtain past meteorological data such as temperature?
There are many websites that provide weather data from weather stations near your establishment or building. For a surcharge of €100 we can take care of getting the necessary data and most importantly check its validity.

What is the purpose of an energy model and how can it help you?
  • Identify the current state of energy consumption;

  • Define the breakdown of the most energy-intensive areas;

  • Identify proposed actions and interventions designed to reduce energy consumption and improve energy management;

  • Analyze historical data for the identification of anomalies in consumption and the objective evaluation of already established efficiency measures.