Showcase presents low energy German-Irish projects
Last week, the German-Irish Chamber of Commerce showcased five Irish low energy building projects that incorporated German energy effiiciency technology. The projects include a certified passive house, a radiant heating ceiling system, and two CHP units.
Here's more information on the event, and the five projects, from the German-Irish Chamber:
On Thursday 27 November, the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce presented five pioneering projects – all Irish low energy buildings featuring German innovation — as part of the ‘Showcase: Made in Germany’ event in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. This project is a celebration of innovative German energy efficient technologies in Irish buildings. It commended successful German-Irish partnerships which have led to increased building quality, reduced energy costs and lower CO2 emission levels. The five innovative projects have all been completed in the last two years and present Ireland as an attractive location for German companies seeking concrete partnerships and market opportunities.
“The advanced technologies, know-how and expertise from the German companies involved in these Irish projects are representative of a wider success story. Germany is a world leader in the energy efficiency industry,” said Reinhard Giese from the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy in his welcome address. Cutting-edge German technology features in all energy efficiency market segments, including insulation systems, insulated glazing, heating and cooling technologies, efficient home appliances, smart metering, energy efficient lighting systems, cogeneration systems and pumps, and compressed air systems. German companies create a turnover of about €67 billion per year in this industry and double-digit growth rates are expected in the coming years. Since 2007, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy via the Energy Efficiency Export Initiative has successfully supported German-Irish partnership development.
“The Irish market has proved to be very open to German suppliers of energy efficient products, systems and services,” said Reinhard Giese. Since the very beginning of this initiative in 2007, the German Irish Chamber has been active in creating and hosting successful cooperation platforms such as trade missions, training programmes and study tours. With this new Showcase project – a first for Ireland – the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy celebrates some great examples of the fruits of this work.
“These pioneering projects showcase the coming together of German technology and the Irish appetite for energy efficiency. They feature a wide range of innovative German energy efficiency technologies applied across domestic, industrial and commercial projects on the island of Ireland. They reflect an Irish energy policy and building regulations that are ambitious, progressive and sustainable. In some cases, they show how the rapid change in Irish building regulations in the last decade has led to an increase in energy efficiency and building quality,” said Ralf Lissek, CEO of the German Irish Chamber. “In other cases, they show how Irish companies understand the commercial benefit of investing in innovative German energy efficiency technology to reduce their energy costs. In all cases, the projects are the result of successful fruitful co-operation between German companies and their Irish partners,” Ralf Lissek continued.
The five pioneering projects are:
- Radiant ceiling heating system from Frenger in the Aer Lingus cargo building at Dublin Airport. Existing air heating was replaced with the Frenger ceiling radiation system Eco Evo Plus. The Irish company Origen originally partnered with German company Frenger and despite having suffered during the recession from 2008 to 2012, Origen have been seeing a great upswing in the Irish market in the last two years. Their annual turnover with Frenger is between €100,000 and €200,000, which is growing strongly as people recognise the benefits of radiant heating panels which are primarily suited for large industrial spaces as well as gymnasiums and sports halls.
- Abbott Nutritional International manufacturing in Cavan installed a compressed air system by German Kaeser Kompressoren SE. Abbott are confident that their savings on energy costs will be in excess of € 60,000 projected forward for the year. At an investment of € 240,000 this would give a payback period of four years which is a very competitive return for a company working on tight margins.
- A highly efficient Waterkotte ground source heat pump system was installed in the Mac theatre, a performing arts theatre and event centre in Belfast, capable of providing 112kW of heating, passive and active cooling and domestic hot water.
- A low energy 256 square metre certified passive house with timber frame construction in Dublin, featuring the innovative German Pro Clima intelligent airtightness and wind tightness system. The external walls are insulated with a rendered wood fibre board manufactured by Gutex. The passive house was commissioned by a client who wanted an eco-friendly building, built using the highest quality materials.
- Made-in-Germany CHP units have assisted in achieving A3 and A2 ratings for a block of 100 apartments in Dublin. Two SenerTec Dachs micro CHP units are installed in the district heating scheme providing the St. Raphaela’s apartments with on-demand heat. Although Dachs units have been used in apartment blocks before, particularly in the Dublin area, this scheme has managed to achieve the highest BER rating.