4 PE2 members showcase EE innovation in 5th ECCP-PE2 webinar

Date Published: 
November 16, 2021
  • 4 PE2 members showcase EE innovation in 5th ECCP-PE2 webinar
    (Image: ECCP)

MAKATI CITY, 16 November 2021 -- The European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) and the Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance (PE2) held earlier today the fifth energy efficiency (EE) webinar under the Energy Smart Forum Series (ESFS) 2021, entitled "Realizing the Opportunities in Energy Efficiency Innovations", which featured the advanced technologies and digital solutions of 4 PE2 member companies as enablers of EE improvements of energy end-users.

Ruth Yu-Owen, PE2 Vice-President for Internal Affairs and ECCP Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Committee chair once again opened the event as master of ceremonies and moderator. The PE2 panel of speakers included Vincent Jason “Jek” V. Peñalosa of Westco Electrical & Equipment, Sunil Kumar Yadav of  Siemens, Derrick John R. Tolentino of Pi Energy, and Colin Steley of Stratcon Power Services Philippines (Stratcon PH).
A screenshot from the panel discussions of the ECCP-PE2 webinar on 16 November 2021 shows (clockwise from upper left) Ruth Yu-Owen of ECCP & PE2, Colin Steley of Stratcon PH, Jek Peñalosa of Westco, Derrick Tolentino of Pi Energy and Sunil Kumar Yadav of Siemens. (Image: PE2)

A screenshot from the panel discussions of the ECCP-PE2 webinar on 16 November 2021 shows (clockwise from upper left) Ruth Yu-Owen of ECCP & PE2, Colin Steley of Stratcon PH, Jek Peñalosa of Westco, Derrick Tolentino of Pi Energy and Sunil Kumar Yadav of Siemens. (Image: PE2)
A screenshot from the panel discussions of the ECCP-PE2 webinar on 16 November 2021 shows (clockwise from upper left) Ruth Yu-Owen of ECCP & PE2, Colin Steley of Stratcon PH, Jek Peñalosa of Westco, Derrick Tolentino of Pi Energy and Sunil Kumar Yadav of Siemens. (Image: PE2)

Westco’s Jek Peñalosa declared that an energy audit is a vital, systematic pre-requisite for energy management. He explained the different levels of energy audits and how they can benefit customers in making informed decisions, capture financial returns from energy savings, increase employee comfort, improve productivity, identify problems and reduce environmental impact. He emphasized that preventive and condition-based maintenance are far better than corrective or reactive maintenance. He said, “We must forget the idea of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but rather adopt a more proactive maintenance approach.”

Peñalosa firmly stated that safety, power quality and efficiency go hand-in-hand. He said,
“You can’t have one without the other.” As an initial step, it is imperative for an energy end-user to collect and maintain asset data. Whether they be test results or data gathered from online measurement devices, collected data will provide an energy end-user with the benefit of a systematic and data-driven decision-making process. He adds, “Sometimes, a simple walkthrough [audit] cannot reveal all possibilities for efficiency.”

Siemens’ Sunil Kumar Yadav presented the decarbonization pathway and the key sectors to reduce and avoid 75% of business-as-usual emissions from 2020-2030 and how Siemens invests more than EUR 100 million to reduce the company’s own carbon emissions and become one of the world’s first carbon-neutral industrial companies by 2030.

Yadav also shared the advantages of deploying distributed energy systems (DES), which typically involves a diverse array of generation, storage, energy monitoring and control solutions. DES collectively delivers cost savings and efficiency, emissions and pollution reduction, compliance with regulations and standards, resilient plants with secure and stable power supply, independence and extended access to electrification and consumer engagement and employment. Such technology developments can help integrate and stabilize power output from renewable systems such as hydrogen and optimize demand flexibility of virtual power generation, electrification, digitalization and storage.

Yadav highlighted the 10 principles for net zero carbon buildings which include the calculation of a robust carbon footprint of the portfolio, setting a target year, measuring and recording embodied carbon, reduction of embodied carbon, energy optimization, increase in renewable energy supply, maximizing renewable energy procurement, reduction of emissions in the value chain, carbon offsetting and equitable cost-benefit sharing. Siemens believes that total energy management is where best practices intersect to achieve long-term business goals through continuous improvement and innovative financial solutions.

Pi Energy’s Derrick Tolentino discussed the opportunities of advancing energy efficiency through the power of data and internet-of-things (IoT) solutions under the overarching mission of forging collaborative pathways towards a decarbonized and regenerative future. He explained that IoT applications span across multiple industries and that emerging technologies increasingly enable the generation, capture and leveraging of powerful data through connected data sources such as sensors and equipment, analytics through data platforms and cloud-based infrastructure. Tolentino also explained that remote energy monitoring system (REMS) can help track consumption demand, forecast consumption levels, spot fluctuations, analyze power quality, enable traceability, and compare energy performance across a wide range of end-use facilities.

Pi Energy affirmed that data plays an important role in enabling monitoring and insights for better and more informed decisions.

Stratcon PH’s Colin Steley talked about sustainable power services which starts and ends with comprehensive energy monitoring. He said the only way to quantify a facility’s potential EE savings is through power monitoring, which by itself is capable of delivering up to 30% energy savings. Steley stressed that one cannot improve what one cannot measure. In maximizing savings through a combination of addressing reductions in kWh, kW and tariff rates, scientific research shows that up to 12% energy savings are achievable when real-time data cascades down to appliance level.

With smart energy management, market trends can be tracked and monitored. These include the ever-rising energy prices and consumption, the status of energy transition, the state of regulatory compliance, and the increasing value and co-benefits of EE. In addition, smart monitoring also addresses power system challenges like the growing imbalance of overloads and supply deficits, the lack of information on how energy is being used, the dispatch of renewable energy, the management of end-use power consumption, the management of energy expenses, the control of energy flows, future-proofing against unforeseen events and the need for stable and firm embedded generation.

The event was co-organized by the ECCP and PE2 with the support of Westco Electrical & Equipment, Pi Energy, Siemens, MPower and Stratcon PH and the Development Bank of the Philippines.

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