Energy and the Environment

 Sustainable energy & the environment are critical themes today. It is not only about philosophical and ideological issues; they are scientific and concrete fundamentals that engage us to take on new challenges. 

Environment

Enereco’s integrated concept is guided by our knowledge of the social and environmental risks connected to the planning, engineering, management and execution of projects.

Enereco’s goal is to add this value in every design phase, applying the expertise of our skilled specialists who are able to combine design requirements with environmental and social concerns. Environmental engineering aims at preserving and improving natural resources as well as considering social impact by applying scientific principles. 

Our experience includes all the elements connected to environmental issues, such as biology, geology, hydrology, seismology, acoustics, atmospheric modeling, botany, process engineering and chemistry. We make full use of this expertise to carry out the necessary studies to ensure compliance with environmental requirements.

Our environmental engineering is most often executed as part of larger integrated projects such as feasibility studies, Front End Engineering Design (FEED) and detailed engineering, but it can also be applied as independent studies, such as for the optimization of existing systems.

The Services

Our principal activities in this area include:

  • Environmental and Social Impact Study
  • Environmental monitoring and related studies (on fauna, flora, water, air, vegetation, soil, landscape)
  • Studies of the air quality and the pollution dispersions
  • Noise emission studies
  • Waste and excavation materials management
  • Characterization plans of polluted areas and execution
  • Construction and Operation Environmental Management Plan
  • Environmental auditing
  • BATNEEC Studies
  • ENVID workshops

CASE STUDY: ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES - SOCIAL IMPACT AND ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING

The Client: A major Italian gas distribution company

The Challenge: The project consisted of  the design of a pipeline of about 30 km to be laid in an area characterized by the presence of naturally occuring asbestos. The challenge was to determine how  best to carry out the works in such conditions, in a manner which protects public health and the environment, and to overcome the general mistrust of the local population, wary of new construction in  the area.

Our Solution: Through close cooperation with the client Enereco provided not only all kinds of integration and design optimization required by the authorities, but undertook, beyond the regular EIA  process, to provide explanations and reassurance to private citizens, providing a framework for constructive debate and mediating the design requirements with the public’s concerns. During the life of  the project the monitoring of the different environmental components was carried out, including: soil, vegetation, wildlife, and noise.

Enereco developed a specific protocol for the management of asbestos fibers in 11 separate areas, defined as areas at risk, which foresaw careful pre-construction monitoring and monitoring of ongoing work, with regards to airborne asbestos and asbestos concentrations in the soil.

The Benefits: The pipeline is currently under construction without the the initial opposition from the local community. The work is constantly supervised by Enereco's geologists.

Since a clear understanding of the project and the processes was developed at the beginning, close cooperation with local authorities continued uninterrupted, and they are made aware of the results of the monitoring campaigns Enereco is running (in particular, noise and the presence of asbestos). An increasingly efficient asbestos management system is the result of the efforts of all parties to understand and manage the risks collaboratively.

Energy Management

Now more than ever effective energy management is a crucial issue for the success of any business.

Part of most business strategies is management aimed at significant energy savings.  To contribute to a sustainable system and a greener future for the world, Enereco provides energy management and sustainability services to organizations in a wide range of industries. 

We can provide energy procurement to control costs through strategic energy purchase, energy audits integral to decision making, rate analysis, energy risk management, budget estimates.

Enereco can develop your energy projects, helping you to reduce waste, increase efficiency and improve your processes.

CASE STUDY: ENERGY MANAGEMENT - LIFE CYCLE COST ANALYSIS

The Client: A major Italian gas distribution company

The Challenge: The EU legislative act of 2009 to ensure the Union’s achievement of 20% improvement on energy efficiency, and to achieve national energy efficiency 2020 targets, has meant that energy efficiency is more relevant to industry and consequently, companies are investigating ways to improve the energy efficiency in their upstream plants.  In order to facilitate energy efficiency improvements within the design of new built plants, the client wanted to identify energy improvements through implementation of energy efficient technologies and modifications within design and company strategies.  The challenge was to determine an economic method to evaluate design alternatives with different levels of energy efficiency and define KPI’s to evaluate and select the design with the lowest life-cycle cost from a set of alternatives.

Our Solution: The development of the activities has been carried out by a specialised multidisciplinary engineering team which worked in continuous contact with the client. Enereco identified in Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) the economic method for project evaluation in which all costs from owning, operating, maintaining and ultimately disposing of a project are considered to be potentially important to that decision.  LCCA is a methodology for assessing the total cost performance of an asset over time, including the acquisition, operating, maintenance, and disposal costs. Its primary use is in evaluating different options for achieving the Client’s objectives, where those alternatives differ not only in their initial costs, but also in their subsequent operational costs. For the scope, Enereco defined a general guideline to perform the LCCA, in order to optimize project design considering energy efficiency issues. Furthermore, Enereco also provided  10 case study worksheets to perform the LCCA and calculate the KPIs for the following technologies:

  • LED lighting
  • Variable frequency drives (VFD)
  • Energy efficiency technologies for buildings (HVAC, insulation)
  • Gas Engines (reference case) v/s Gas Turbines (alternative case)
  • Waste heat recovery (CCPP for power generation, Cogeneration CCPP, Heat recovery for steam production only, ORC)
  • Solar technologies (PV)
  • Wind turbines
  • Gas-Oil Separation and Compression (2 separation stages) - Reference Case
  • Gas-Oil Separation and Compression (3-4 separation stages) - Alternative Cases

The Benefits

  • Improvement in the overall energy efficiency of the design to be developed using newly available BAT, EE philosophies/strategies and best practices.
  • Improvement in the overall energy efficiency of operating facilities by implementing new BAT. 

 Energy Production

Photovoltaic plants and cogeneration are two areas where Enereco continues to be active.