At Ziegelwerk Klosterbeuren, careful use of resources is already anchored in the business objectives and is to be continuously improved in the future. In fact, the plant has established a new job slot: that of energy manager answering directly to the company‘s top management.
“Savings potentials can be found in practically any work process”, says Chief Technology Officer Hubert L. Thater. Just reducing the general compressor pressure from 10 bar to 7.2 bar makes the plant‘s compressor unit consume 30% less power. The company also installed an additional belt conveyor and crusher to shorten the distances to be travelled for clay mining purposes, hence reducing both the amount of energy consumed and the emissions of the employed crawler vehicles. Together with the installation of the company‘s fifth photovoltaic system, the procurement of a new mechanical packaging station and the addition of a new truck and two forklifts to the motor pool, Ziegelwerk Klosterbeuren invested, all told, more than a million euros in purposeful energy conservation.