Title Optimization of the Use of Natural Gas
Project Number D/02/B/F/PP-112 613
Project Type Pilot Project, project with multiplying effect (2000-2006)
Marketing Text Optigas” represents an innovative approach for joint and coordinated development and introduction of future-oriented and sensible use of primary en...
Optigas” represents an innovative approach for joint and coordinated development and introduction of future-oriented and sensible use of primary energy. On the basis of several years of national experience and intimate knowledge of four Leonardo projects on heating technology (since 1995 with partners from England, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Austria, Greece, Holland), the development and implementation of a prototype are proposed for a training programme that has a modular structure and is prepared for country-specific adaptation and fine tuning. The multimedia product builds on preliminary work from the European projects mentioned and processes the results in such a way that the various national conditions can be incorporated by other interested parties. The product – the European training module “Optigas” – is developed and digitally structured as a prototype for German-speaking countries such that it can be adopted by the partner countries in the project as well as other interested countries of the European Union and translated into the respective local language. In particular the European training module will comprises the following elements:
Seminar concept “natural gas”
Training materials “natural gas”
Multimedia “natural gas”
Laboratory equipment plan “natural gas”
The basic concept is defined jointly by the partners and initially implemented in German. According to specific national conditions and requirements, these elements will then be adapted appropriately to the national conditions by the partners.
In Germany around 1/3 of the energy needs of the country will be required for the generation of room heat and hot water. The situation is quantitatively different in some other European countries due to the geographic location, but is basically comparable. In addition to the possible reduction of emissions, there is interest in all countries in knowing how ecologically compatible and system-optimized operation of facilities for room heat and hot water can be achieved. It is undisputed among experts that remarkable to impressive savings effects in connection with energy needs and especially in the reduction of emission output are possible through modernization of heat-generating equipment, by using appropriate energy sources (in many cases natural gas, but also other sources in specific regions) and by optimizing the components of heating systems. This applies in particular against the background that there is hardly a country which has met its pledges of targeted reduction of greenhouse gases to date (as indicated by the CO2 output figures). The use of modern low-temperature equipment and calorific technology brings about savings of up to 30% as compared to old equipment and proper optimization of heating equipment promises further savings of the same magnitude.
Oil as a source of energy must be supplemented and replaced. Natural gas is now gaining ground in nearly all European countries. There is a great need for skilled work in this field. Enormous savings potential can be exploited through consistent utilization of the opportunities offered by natural gas based generation of room heat and hot water. However, this applies only if the potential of natural gas use can be exploited through training. This is already extensively the case in countries such as Germany, Holland, etc., but has only just begun in other countries like Greece, Spain, Portugal, etc. A similar situation exists in the east European countries. There is therefore a considerable need for training in these countries as a look at the technology developed in Germany indicates, where approx. 40,000 craftsmen’s enterprises tackle this task.
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