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  • Sebastian Braun

    Digital energy management, such as that provided by the industry-independent software solution ‘Energy Monitor’ from the Swabian expert OPTENDA, offers companies above all potential gains in addition to facilitating mandatory energy audits.

    Sebastian Braun has been Managing Director of OPTENDA GmbH (formerly GILDEMEISTER energy efficiency GmbH) since the company was founded in 2013. After studying electrical engineering and information technology at the University of Stuttgart, he completed an extra-occupational MBA degree and worked as a project engineer at ABB AG in the field of substation control technology from 2007 onwards. He was also involved in the development of a start-up in the field of energy networks and the smart grid. Since OPTENDA was founded in 2013, Mr. Braun has developed and expanded the business areas of energy monitoring, energy consultancy and systems integration.

    Why should companies engage in energy monitoring?
    Accurate data are the basis for the analysis, improvement and tracking of processes. However, while the collection of data has long been common practice in financial controlling, human resources or sales management, for example, energy monitoring is only gradually becoming established. The main reasons for this are increasing environmental awareness and the correspondingly rising demands for cost-effectiveness. As a result, the automated recording of energy consumption is becoming more and more important in businesses.

    With a powerful tool like the Energy Monitor from OPTENDA, a member of the STEAG Group, the potential for optimizing energy use and reducing energy consumption can be fully exploited.

    How do companies and energy managers benefit from energy monitoring?
    Energy monitoring is an increasingly important tool for companies, enabling them to evaluate, track and draw on support in all energy-related issues. For example, data measured prior to an investment in efficiency projects are an important basis for plant design and economic evaluation. In practice, further savings effects become transparent with the Energy Monitor, ensuring that the investment in improving systems and processes is used to the best effect and that the existing potential is also exploited.

    In addition, increasingly stringent legal requirements have to be observed. The continuous digital recording, evaluation and reporting of energy data facilitates the mandatory energy audits for large companies, for example. The automated recording of energy and production data, and important influencing factors such as temperature, allows the energy manager to concentrate fully on the continuous improvement of energy consumption. A precisely dimensioned energy monitoring system usually pays for itself within one year. Especially immediately after the introduction of the Energy Monitor, great potential can be tapped by organizational measures alone.

    What potential do you see in energy monitoring from the aspect of increasing decarbonization, and what are your plans for the Energy Monitor in the future?
    In order to implement the right measures for effective and cost-efficient decarbonization within the business and to understand their effects, a robust database is also needed to establish energy monitoring. OPTENDA’s Energy Monitor also makes CO2 reporting easy to implement.

    The development of the Energy Monitor will be further promoted using the expertise available within the STEAG Group. The goal is to offer our customers revenue potential that goes far beyond mere energy savings. With the aid of the Energy Monitor, however, small and medium-sized companies can also take the first steps towards Industry 4.0 at a reasonable cost. This is possible, for example, by collecting, analyzing and evaluating data from production plants together with energy and media consumption.