Energy Efficiency in Practice

The friendly welcome they received at the German companies and the cleanliness of the production and construction sites impressed the 20 Russian executives just as much as the willingness of the entrepreneurs to share their experiences. “We weren’t expecting that,” said Vadim Gimazov after a visit to the company Yados GmbH in Hoyerswerda. His comments reflected the views expressed by most of the group, who stayed in Dresden to attend the Manager Training Programme specializing in energy efficiency in facility management in the early summer of 2016.

The high levels of technology involved in the field of energy efficiency and the diverse applications generated a great amount of interest. And of course so did the progress of renewable energies. While traveling to the company visits, the guests snapped photos of the wind turbines they passed on both sides of the motorway. Comments such as “Russia has just a few regions where wind turbines are effective,” or “Generating electricity like that simply isn’t worth it at the prices we have!” were a constant source of animated discussion within the group. Some members were of the opinion that it was important and just to use renewable energies to generate power in order to protect the environment. Others posited that Russia’s time had not yet arrived.

Alexander Zagovelev was deeply impressed by the cement plant in Oschatz and the technologies used for the production of reinforced steel components. Delivery of rebar steel on barrels was a real novelty for him as well as for the rest of Russia.

The group was invited to the Heidenau branch of the company sto to learn about the construction and use of external thermal insulation composite systems (ETICS). The visitors were mostly interested in finding out whether these systems could be used back home where the weather conditions are very different. The employees explained that they had already successfully installed their systems in Scandinavia, for example, where climate conditions are comparable. Equipped with this knowledge, their next stop was a new housing association project. In addition to the managing director, authorized officer and the head of technology, a representative from the engineering office responsible for the planning was on hand to answer questions from the participants on such practical topics as standard masses, construction details and component quality.

The degree to which especially the medium-sized businesses are concerned about the issue of climate protection is evident in technologies such as those demonstrated at Cloud & Heat GmbH in Dresden, which supplies excess heat from decentralized servers to heat living units.

And along the way, Russian-Mexican business relationships were also established. Nearly at exactly the same time as the Russians were visiting, GICON®-InTraBiD GmbH was hosting a group of managers from Latin America. Their members not only met the energy specialists over breakfast at the hotel, but occasionally had the opportunity to share experiences related to their companies, the MP goals and their excursions in Dresden and the surrounding area.

By Barbara Hantschmann
GICON®-InTraBiD GmbH, Dresden