The 15th and 16th of May a round table has been carried out by the Energy Audit and AssoEGE (the Italian association of energy managers).
During these two days experts had the opportunity to test the Energy Analysis platform, a piece of software for energy audits, and take part in exercises with some industrial case studies.
The software usefulness has emerged particularly in the management and analysis of energy data and the features provided have been appreciated. The majority of the round table participants, however, have emphasized the importance of having good knowledge and experience in the energy management field in order to be able to use this tool. Therefore it is important to mention that the Energy Analysis software is a very good support tool, but it requires the user’s expertise in energy data analysis and for the comprehension of the outputs provided. This means that the software is a specialized tool for professionals in the energy management field.
During the second day instead, the virtual energy audit and the virtual energy model concept have been discussed. Those are services that are already popular in the United States and that are starting to spread also in Europe.
This type of energy audit is carried out through the use of software, without conducting a site visit. The outputs provided are a first assessment of the company’s energy consumption and a first set of tips in order to get some savings with a lower budget.
In the United States many federal agencies, such as the Department of General Services and the United States Department of Defense, have turned to providers of this service with the goal to identify priorities for action in a faster way, and in order to focus the efforts on the energy users that guarantee the best results.
Nevertheless, the plant inspection is an important step and is necessary in a complete and thorough energy audit. The Virtual Energy Audit is a first step which allows to reach a good understanding of energy consumption and use. This allows later to proceed with further analysis.
The Energy Audit Team