Energy Efficiency Bayer Offers its Energy Management System to Global Markets

Editor: Dominik Stephan

A energy management system helps to cut the electricity bill at Bayer's Material Science business: By controlling the individual consumption of specific plants, the system helps to reduce energy demand by an average of a tenth, Bayer states. Now the Germans plan to license their technology.

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Launch completed: the Structese energy management system is also being used at the Chinese production site of Shanghai.
Launch completed: the Structese energy management system is also being used at the Chinese production site of Shanghai.
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Leverkusen/Germany – Bayer Material Science has been introducing the new system in stages since 2008. It is now installed in 60 plants in Europe, Asia and America, where most of the energy in the company is consumed. Most recently, a plant at the Chinese site of Shanghai was equipped with the system. The facility produces the chemical TDI, a key precursor for flexible polyurethane foam.

This system , that has been introduced under the name Structese, shall now be offered to other companies under license. Apart from cutting energy costs, Structese can also contribute significantly to reduce a company's CO2 footprint, Bayer says.

Much Reduced CO2 Emissions

Overall, with the help of Structese, more than 1.2 million megawatt hours of primary energy - i.e. energy from natural sources - is saved every year at Bayer. In parallel with this, emissions of carbon dioxide have fallen by an annual average of some 360,000 metric tons. By 2020, this figure should rise through the management system to around 750,000 metric tons.

German chemical company Bayer is one of the largest chemical companies in the world. The Leverkusen based firm operates three businesses: Bayer Healthcare, Bayer Material Science and Bayer Crop Science. See also our list of the biggest players in chemicals for more details

In total, Bayer Material Science aims to reduce the CO2 emissions per metric ton of material sold by 40 percent, and at the same time increase energy efficiency (also compared with 2005) by 30 percent.

"We consider ourselves to be pioneers in the key field of energy efficiency and are continuously developing new methods for saving electricity and conserving resources," said Dr. Tony Van Osselaer, Bayer Material Science Board member responsible for production. "Bayer thus sees itself as a driving force on the way to a more sustainable future."