FESI European Championship 2018
Don't miss it, come to Cologne to cheer on the European insulation champions!
FESI's CUI inititative
| February 2017 | Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
FESI Thermal Technical Commission organised a workshop with Coating and CUI experts to discuss best practices in industry to avoid CUI on 8-9 February in Amsterdam. This workshop was focused on coatings and test methods and it's a first step of FESI's CUI inititative.
Team-Poland wins the FESI Championship in Cologne
| May 2016 | Cologne (Germany)
Krzysztof Sarad and Damian Cup from Poland are the European Insulation Champions 2016. This year's Insulation Apprentice Championship which is organized every two years by the European Federation of Associations of Insulation Contractors (FESI) was for the first time held during and included in the IEX Europe exhibition in Cologne – the world's largest trade fair for industrial insulation. In the two competition days the two 23 years old insulators from the Polish Industrial Insulation Contractors Association showed the best performance and delivered the best results competingagainst 9 teams from all over Europe. The second team with Luka Goisilovic and Fauzi Omeirate comes from the German association, "Hauptverband der Deutschen Bauindustrie e.V." and is followed by the team of the Danish insulation association (Det faglige udvalg for isoleringsfaget) with the competitors Patrick Guldberg Rasmussen and Peter Kjær Nielsen.
The other seven teams participating were from Austria, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom (in alphabetical order). The jury with the well experienced judges Kurt Hirschi from Switzerland, Svend Pers from Denmark, Daniel Briard from France and Roman Mucha from Poland was impressed by the quality of the insulation work performed by all participating teams.
At the award ceremony taking place in the wonderful scenery of the industrial event location "The Harbour Club" the judges explained that all participants can be very proud of what they achieved by solving the demanding tasks with all different kind of materials, shapes and claddings. In fact the challenging dummies are usually used in the German education for "Isoliermeister" (Master of insulation) and the apprentices showed in the competition that with some experience they are ready to further continue their career in this direction.
The day after and still very happy with the great success of this year's Championship and the largest number of visitors ever the FESI members decided in their Strategy, Budget and Direction Commission to organise the next European competition again in the heart of the IEX Europe Exhibition in Cologne on 16 & 17 May, 2018.
THERMAL INSULATION: MAKING A GLOBAL DIFFERENCE
WIACO Congress 2016
| April 2016 | Boca Raton, Florida (USA)
The National Insulation Association (NIA) organises the next World Insulation and Acoustics Congress (WIACO) on 20-23 April 2016 in the beautiful coastal city of Boca Raton, Florida (USA).
Under the theme, Thermal Insulation: Making a Global Difference, the Convention will demonstrate that through education and the collective participation of individuals, member companies, and industry associations, we can make a difference in our industry worldwide.
This year, both EiiF representatives and FESI members will attend the Congress - a unique chance to get in close contact with industry colleagues from all around the world.
As part of WIACO’s educational programme on Friday morning, the EiiF Vice-President and Senior TIPCHECK engineer Michele Mannucci and the Foundation Director Andreas Gürtler will give a presentation on the TIPCHECK Programme and its latest successes in Europe. On Saturday morning, FESI TTC Secretary Gabriel Boncalo will present the FESI CUI initiative.
European industry association FESI to partner with IEX
| 19 January 2016 | IEX Insulation Expo Europe
FESI will support IEX efforts to internationalise the event and develop a technical-education programme. What’s more, this year will mark the first time the FESI Spring Meeting will be held during IEX in Cologne.
FESI is starting an ambitious initiative to combat CUI
FESI’s Thermal Technical Commission (TTC) announces the final version of a questionnaire on Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI), which is the first step in the new FESI initiative of a holistic approach to combat the CUI. With this questionnaire, we intend to gain detailed information on CUI strategies, within all affected organizations, which shall underpin the founding of a working group, dedicated to the aforementioned holistic approach.
All FESI members agreed in Cannes that the thread of CUI can only be minimized by a combined effort of all parties involved in insulation projects. This has led to the realization that the state-of-the–art literature/guidelines tend to mainly focus on single items, directed at combating CUI (e.g. coatings, inspection methods, choice of insulation system, etc.), rather than compiling all the available information in a complete document that considers every single step as part of a system to mitigate the CUI. Consequently, this situation often leads to inadequate solutions in the design of insulation systems (substrate + protection system + insulation system for a specific environment and specific operation conditions).
Please support this ambitious initiative by forwarding the CUI questionnaire to all relevant industry professionals. CUI has been a threat to our industry for decades and it, therefore, requires all available knowledge to be fought against.
A different Perspective: Boiler Lagging Field Procedures and Project Planning
Source: Insulation Outlook, the Official Journal of the National Insulation Association | September 2015
Click here to read the article by Gary J. Bases.
Proper field procedures and project planning are crucial to properly installed boiler lagging.
Flexible Aerogel Blanket in Cryogenic Applications
Source: Insulation Outlook, the Official Journal of the National Insulation Association | August 2015
Click here to read the article by Neal Waaks.
A thorough discussion of aerogel's physical properties and the potential benefits for cryogenic applications.
Case study: Economic Justification for Replacing Ice-Laden Refrigerant Pipe Thermal Insulation
Source: Insulation Outlook, the Official Journal of the National Insulation Association | July 2015
Click here to read the case study entitled "Economic Justification for Replacing Ice-Laden Refrigerant Pipe Thermal Insulation", by Gordon H. Hart.
This case study consists of 2 parts. The fisrt one, which we have already included here, was originally published in the June 2015 issue.
The Commercial and Industrial Mechanical Insulation Market is Growing
Source: Insulation Outlook, the Official Journal of the National Insulation Association | June 2015
Click here to read the article by Ronald (Ron) L. King regarding the results from a recent industry-measurement survey indicating moderate growth for the insulation industry over the next 2 years.
The Plant's New Clothes
Source: Process Worldwide, April 2015, Volume 17.
Click on the image below to read the article by Wolfgang Ernhofer on how modern insulation systems improve energy efficiency, published in the Process Worldwide magazine:
EEFIG new report: Boosting finance in energy efficiency investments in buildings, industry and SMEs
| Brussels, 26 February 2015 | The Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) co-convened by the European Commission and UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) launched its final report "Energy Efficiency – the first fuel for the EU Economy: How to drive new finance for energy efficiency investments". The EEFIG report identifies the critical success factors, policies, market instruments and financing solutions to increase energy efficiency investments in Europe in the buildings, industry and SME sectors. The international landmark study is the result of 16 months of work of more than 120 active participants representing finance, policy makers, the buildings sector, industry, SMEs and energy efficiency market participants.
European Commission Vice President, Maroš Šefčovič welcomed the launch of the report with the following words: "Investing into energy efficiency measures in buildings, industry and in SMEs is fundamentally important for Europe. I will strive to ensure that energy efficiency investment financing is looked at in our forthcoming policies and that this Report will be used as inspiration for our further work."
Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UNEP, Achim Steiner underlines that: "Scaling up energy efficiency investment has become an economic imperative with a strong social, environmental and competitive rationale. And while European industry remains a global leader in energy efficiency, investment flows in the sector remain sub-optimal. Only half of the estimated 60 -100 billion Euros annual investment required to achieve Europe's 2020 energy efficiency targets in buildings is being met. The joint efforts by the EU and UNEP's FI to build a healthy dialogue among stakeholders and disseminate know-how have the potential to unleash private investment to the scale required to meet future ambitions and obligations."
EEFIG Underscores the Strategic Relevance of Energy Efficiency for Europe
EEFIG's report states that energy efficiency investment is the most cost effective manner to reduce the EU's reliance, and expenditure, on energy imports costing over €400 billion a year. Today, this makes energy efficiency investments strategically important due to high levels of energy imports, energy price instability and the need for Europe to transition to a competitive low carbon and resilient economy. EEFIG's members see energy efficiency investing as having a fundamental and beneficial role to play in the transition towards a more competitive, secure and sustainable energy system with an internal energy market at its core.
EEFIG Sees Priority Role for Energy Efficiency Investments in EFSI as a Pillar of Energy Union
EEFIG participants believe that the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) should put energy efficiency first and that it is essential in the context of the Energy Union to reframe the role that energy efficiency plays in how Europe plans for, finances, and constructs its energy system.
Member States have a clear role to play in pursuing the necessary structural reforms, exercise fiscal responsibility, provide regulatory certainty and boost investment in support of jobs and growth. In this context, energy efficiency is the first fuel because it is competitive, cost effective to produce; it is widely available and delivers multiple benefits to project hosts and national economies. For these reasons, EEFIG considers that the Investment Plan should include a clear focus on improving the energy productivity of Europe as a key driver of growth. In doing this, Europe can unlock the multiple benefits of energy efficiency investments including energy security, competitiveness, social and territorial cohesion, job creation, well-being and greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
A Historic level of Public-private Collaboration is Required
EEFIG Rapporteur Peter Sweatman underlined that a historic level of public-private collaboration is required to deliver multiples of existing energy efficiency investment flows by 2030: "The EEFIG report identifies various financial instruments that need to be scaled up, and makes a strong case for using public funds to blend with private sector investment to address the risks and achieve the scale of financing needed"; he added "Our report connects the right financial instruments with enabling policies in specific sub-sectors for EU buildings, industry and for SMEs."
Presently, there are insufficient public and private investments in energy efficiency in buildings, industry and in SMEs. If this trend continues then EU Member States are at risk of missing their 2020, and longer-term, energy efficiency targets and their economies will be deprived from the boost energy efficiency investment can provide. EEFIG estimates that a five-fold increase in private energy efficiency investments in European buildings is required by 2030. The scale-up of smart financial instruments is required and that they must be tailored, by sub-sector, to encourage a long-term and cost effective reduction of energy use in Europe's buildings, industry and SMEs.
EEFIG's Report Presents 19 Recommended Market and Policy Actions in Four Strategic Areas
In its report EEFIG identifies the need to engage multiple stakeholder groups, scale-up the use of several financial instruments within a clear and enforced "carrot and stick" legislative framework and identifies 19 recommended market and policy actions in four strategic areas:
Many specific approaches and instruments that have proven to encourage investments and overcome market barriers are identified and developed within the chapters of the EEFIG report both for buildings and industry which directly address the concerns of financial institutions and markets participants and also focus on the needs of SMEs. The scaling up of these successful approaches and removal of these barriers will require an active structural reform agenda, as well as parallel market participant engagement, that can deliver economies of scale to drive down costs and improve supply capacity and ensure new opportunities for business and investment growth across all Member States.
Furthermore, the EEFIG report identifies 15 financial instruments for energy efficiency investing and assesses their use and potential in the various buildings and industry sub-sectors together with relevant case studies that illustrate best practice applications of each instrument within EU Member States as well as highlighting certain key benefits and challenges which each of the instruments face.
- Download copy of the report by clicking here.
The Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) was established as a specialist expert working group by the European Commission and United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (“UNEP FI”), in late 2013, as a result of the dialogue between Directorate-General for Energy (“DG Energy”) and UNEP FI, as both institutions were engaging with financial institutions to determine how to overcome the well documented challenges inherent to obtaining long-term financing for energy efficiency. EEFIG’s work is the consensus effort of over 120 active participants from around 100 organizations whose current professional experience is representative of one of the following stakeholder groups:
- Public and private financial institutions (banks, investors, insurers etc.)
- Industry representatives and industry associations
- Banking associations and investor groups
- Energy efficiency industry experts
- Energy efficiency services representatives
- SME associations and expert representatives
- Civil society experts representing diverse energy efficiency stakeholder groups
- International Energy Agency (IEA)
- European Commission
- UNEP FI
The development of the EEFIG report was supported by Climate Strategy & Partners, whose CEO acted as the group's moderator, rapporteur and drafted the report. EEFIG meetings were convened and chaired by DG Energy.
The ABCs of insulation
"Having a strong knowledge of the terminology in the insulation industry is the foundation upon which a more complex understanding is built". The February issue of the Insulation Magazine presents an introduction to basic insulation terminology in English.
- Click here to learn basic terms that are essential for a more accurate understanding of insulation systems.
Likewise, don't forget that FESI also has its online Lexicon: a digital dynamic terminology glossary on Industry and Insulation available in 11 different languages: Serbo-Croatian, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Spanish and Swedish.
- Combine the languages of your choice and use the Lexicon to find the translation you search!
Source: Insulation Outlook, the Official Journal of the National Insulation Association | February 2015
Click here to read the article by Richard G. Lubinski on chilled-water piping condensation control for energy savings and risk avoidance.
Improving Energy Efficiency
Source: Insulation Outlook, the Official Journal of the National Insulation Association | January 2015
This month, Insulation Outlook focuses on improving energy efficiency:
a) Click here to read the article by Chet Sandberg "The Key to Reliable Electrical Heat Tracing Is Proper Thermal Insulation".
b) Click here to read the article by Brian Bannon, Philip Johns and Andrew Martin "The Internet and the Insulation: Using Sensors and Technology to Monitor Insulation Performance".
Corrosion Under Insulation
Source: Insulation Outlook, the Official Journal of the National Insulation Association | December 2014
This month, Insulation Outlook focuses on how to avoid corrosive influences to keep systems on the right track.
a) Click here to read the article by Nate Brink "Corrosion under insulation: Differences in Gel-Coating Technology".
b) Click here to read the article by Steve Fisher on how to avoid condensation on systems that operate at below-ambient temperatures.
EU Member States agree on 2030 targets: 40% GHG reduction and increase of energy efficiency by 27%
Source: FESI | October 2014
On 23 October in Brussels, EU leaders committed by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40%, and increase energy efficiency and renewables by at least 27%. Not a very strong climate agreement but maybe a good first step into the right direction, as French President François Hollande said, "the deal would send a clear message to other countries such as China and the US ahead of the talks in Paris next year to agree global legally binding greenhouse gas emissions".
In June the European Commission had called for an energy efficiency goal of 30% which has now been watered down by the heads of EU Member States to 27% across the EU. And the EU level target is not legally binding at national level or EU level. The positive perspective is that the efficiency target will be reviewed in 2020 and according to the summit conclusions in Paris next year having in mind the European Commission’s recommendation of a 30% EU-level target.
20% efficiency target now a "must be"
A second promising result of yesterday's Conclusions is, that the European Council emphasizes in its first sentence, that "substantial progress has been made towards the attainment of the EU targets for greenhouse gas emission reduction, renewable energy and energy efficiency, which need to be fully met by 2020". In other words the former indicative 20% energy efficiency 2020 target has now been declared a "must be".
After all the discussions let's not waste energy anymore: It is now the time for action to fully achieve the EU targets for 2020 and 2030. Industrial Insulation is ready to support European industry:
- to increase its energy efficiency cost-effectively;
- to increase its competitiveness by reducing its energy bill;
- to increase Europe’s energy security.
In an EiiF study carried out by the independent energy experts from Ecofys it was identified that Industrial insulation could cost-effectively reduce the EU’s energy consumption by 0,5–1% (= 460–620 PJ). This insulation potential could deliver almost the entire reduction potential missing to achieve in a first step the EU’s 2020 energy efficiency target of a consumption reduction by 20% compared to 1990 scenarios.
Furthermore this would help in general to reduce Europe’s great dependency on energy imports from outside the European Union (53%) and in particular could already today reduce the Russian gas imports by 9–12.5% (100% = 4932 PJ/1370 TWh).
FESI members will do their best to support Europe and its industry to achieve in a first step the 2020 targets and after that the new set 2030 targets. It is a fact proven by the latest TIPCHECKs –Thermal Insulation Performance Checks– that due to poorly insulated systems European industrial facilities are still wasting energy and losing money every minute they are operating. But our thermal energy audit experience also proves that the large majority of our industrial clients get active after a TIPCHECK and improve their insulation systems to immediately stop their energy and money losses.
Preventing Damage to Mechanical Insulation on Below-Ambient Systems
Source: Insulation Outlook, the Official Journal of the National Insulation Association | October 2014
Click here to read the article by Steve Fisher on how to prevent damage to mechanical insulation on below-ambient systems.
Case Study: Insulation Audit Leads to Big Savings
Source: Insulation Outlook, the Official Journal of the National Insulation Association | August 2014
Click here to read the article by Zach Tanghetti on a case study investigating the savings insulation can bring to a chemical plant.
Working on Corrosion Under Insulation
Source: FESI | June 2014
On Thursday, 26 June, FESI Thermal Technical Commission (the TTC) met at Hoofddorp, near Schiphol (Netherlands) to discuss on the document ‘Corrosion under insulation’. The TTC members have addressed questions regarding its content, planning, publication and presentation.
It has been decided to scope on the general insulation system as a whole without concentrating too much on painting (conserving), insulation materials, cladding and corrosion, and the message is addressed to mechanical designers, insulation contractors and plant owners. The document will be a very helpful and actualized tool to:
- encourage designers to start thinking about necessities for the right insulation system;
- help contractors, engineers and owners to increase the corrosion mitigation awareness;
- provide owners with the necessary information to get and keep a good insulation system that saves money.
Within three weeks, the document will be ready for publication followed by digitalization. Hence all FESI website visitors could obtain the required information on how to mitigate corrosion. During the next FESI Autumn Meeting in Krakow, the TTC will officially present the document.
Last April, the TTC also published the CUI flier "Reduce CUI risk with good insulation systems" spreading the message that good insulation systems reduce the risk of CUI, save money and protect the environment”.
Click here to see all the documents developed by the Thermal Technical Commission so far.
Roundatble on national advocacy promoting industrial insulation in the context of the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive
Source: EiiF | January 2014
FESI (the European Federation of Associations of Insulation Contractors), in close collaboration with the EiiF, carried out a Roundtable on national advocacy promoting industrial insulation in the context of the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive. The meeting was hold in Milano, on 9 & 10 January 2014.
It was an enriching experience since, after the EiiF gave an overview of the industrial insulation situation in Europe, representatives from ten different countries —France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the UK— actively participated giving a presentation on the situation in their own countries, as well as sharing and explaining the different national activities undertaken by their respective associations to promote industrial insulation.
On the second day, three external energy experts were invited to present in detail the planned actions in Italy: Prof Vittorio Chiesa and Prof Davide Chiaroni from the Energy & Strategy Group of the Milano Politecnico University, with whom the Italian association ANICTA is closely cooperating; and Dr Alessandro Federici, an expert in the monitoring of energy efficiency policies at the Technical Unit for Energy Efficiency of ENEA (the Italian National Agenc for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development).
As a consequence of this fruitful meeting, the idea of organizing a workshop with the different National Energy Agencies in order to build awareness on energy efficiency solutions, to promote energy audits such as TIPCHECK and to define the steps that need to be followed was thoroughly developed. The Milano Politecnico University offered to host this workshop.
EU Energy Efficiency Target Out of Reach
EU will fail to reduce energy consumption by 20% till 2020
Source: EiiF | June 2013
The latest estimates of the EU Commission show a wide gap between the 20-20-20 targets and projected reality by 2020. Responsible for this gap is a still by far too high energy consumption in EU, as well as a lack of awareness for the existing energy efficiency potentials.
The last World Energy Outlook from the International Energy Agency concludes that two-thirds of the economic potential to improve energy efficiency will remain untapped between now and 2035.
Thermal insulation is one of these overlooked cost-effective energy efficiency measures that can significantly contribute to the reduction of the EU’s energy consumption. In the Ecofys report “Climate Protection with Rapid Payback” the energy experts identify a considerable energy and CO2 savings potential related to improved thermal insulation in industry. This study shows that proper insulation can help European industry reduce its annual fuel consumption by 620 petajoules (roughly equivalent to the annual energy consumption of 10 million households) and annual emissions by 49 million tons of CO2 (the equivalent to 18 million cars).
“With just better maintenance and consistent insulation of industrial applications, about two thirds of the energy and emission savings potential could be tapped,” says Kornelis Blok, Director of Science at Ecofys. “And since insulation investments will usually be paid back in less than one year, this is also a great business opportunity.”
And there are more good news:
As the graph shows, the EU is on the right track when it comes to cutting CO2 levels and increasing renewable energy sources.
Let‘s start to also tap the energy efficiency potentials.
The European Union has set up the so-called 20-20-20 targets with the aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, reduce energy consumption by 20% and increase the use of renewable energy by 20%. In order to ensure the achievement of these challenging targets, a new Directive on Energy Efficiency was adopted in October last year. This Directive establishes a framework of legally binding measures to promote energy efficiency within all EU member states. The transposition deadline for all nations is in one year: 5 June 2014.