We started Solwatt® in 2011 using two pilot projects at Solvay’s own sites in Spain. Solwatt® has since been deployed around the world to include almost every Solvay site. But the offer is not limited to Solvay sites. We are also rolling out our Solwatt®methodology to third-party industrial companies.
Initially we aim to reduce the energy bill of each site by 10% through projects that have a payback within three years. The Solwatt® methodology has three strands: technical analysis, development of energy indicators, and mindset and behavior. Each strand is deployed in parallel.
We have recently completed the implementation of Solwatt®
at Solvay’s Belle-Etoile facility
. Working together with the plant’s Energy team, Solwatt®
identified 15 actions which could reduce energy consumption. These actions represented a potential 13% saving on the plant’s energy bill.
Tracking existing energy use was critically important, but management maintained responsibility for this task. Solwatt® gave this responsibility back to the operators who know their processes and machines, and work with them on a daily basis. Indicators are defined in practical terms so that operators quickly notice when there is a problem, and can immediately take the required action to reduce energy use.
We observed daily production meetings to share information and check that energy remains on the agenda. The Solwatt® team were there to monitor how energy concerns are passed on from one shift to the next and to help develop training and communications tools. This is a common approach for safety issues, and needs to become routine for energy.