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Covid19 … End of the Energy Transition?

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CEO, Birdseye Energy Consulting GmbH

I am on a quest to bring more Energy Managers into industry. Energy Efficiency is behind on Renewable Energy and that is because it is less exciting (is it?) and labour intensive (each situation...

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Renewable Energy continues to get much attention, even during the Covid crisis. That is very positive.

Less positive is that Energy Efficiency is getting really out of the radar. And it is still a necessary complement of Renewable Energy, because we don’t want to WASTE that clean energy.

So what is the problem? Energy Efficiency is composed of tailor made solutions: every situation is different, so it is more labour intensive. When there are so few Energy Managers, who has to do this job? Right! The energy consultant. But, say the industrials, that will bring the virus into our company, so let’s do it another time.

What can we answer? For me it is that I am starting to do energy #RemoteConsultancy, because the show must go on! Like senior surgeons do an operation on distance, in cooperation with a local team in another part of the world.

Such a process implies that the client is coached through the process and learns much more about it then usually. They will get less dependent from the consultant. This might be disturbing for the consultant but it is of much value for the client and a energetically more mature client is good for the society.

My question to you is: what do you think about the (dis)advantages of such a service? Is it possible or impractical?

I am looking forward to your reply.

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Matt Chester on Apr 22, 2021

How much of that efficiency consulting do you think you can do without (or just before) a site visit-- are you able to have customers walk through and take any measurements that you would have otherwise taken yourself? 

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Norbert Vasen on Apr 23, 2021

Hi Matt,

Good question, that is my main concern. It can not be completely the same, just as virtual meetings are not the same as the real meetings that we had before the health crisis.

I will start with a questionnaire that will help me to get some transparency about the energy flows after the main meter. I will then ask about the major energy consuming equipment in the enterprise or department. Then I would make a tour with them, mobile phone as camera in the hand. 

In a subsequent phase I would like to send and instruct to apply my Energy Consumption Graph (ECG™), which you can see in a 10 minute video at Youtube  "Strong diagnostics during the energy audit":
I have also a video about how easy application is at  

I have my Cloud provider already configured to receive the data from these sensors & datalogger, which among them (in the factory) are linked through long distance radio. 1000 feet should be possible even through walls.

For very remote clients (I have many industrial contacts in India, but also USA is pretty far) it is better to instruct them to make it themselves or to find representatives for me.

I am excited to start with this Tele-Saving, I can tell you!




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