Change with vision
For the implementation of the BCSfit project in the district heating plant Innerratschings, this premise applied in a double sense. On the one hand, it took the foresight of plant operator Erwin Schölzhorn and his team to make the decision to make the district heating plant fit for the future with our Biomass Control Solution (BCS). On the other hand, a beautiful panoramic view over the Ratschingstal valley opened up for the VOIGT+WIPP Engineers during an alpine pasture hike.
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Flue gas condensation in heating (power) plants
Calculate your potentials!
To better quantify the heat recovery potential in biomass cogeneration plants through a flue gas condensation unit, an interdisciplinary team from the fields of process engineering, mathematics and digitalization at CONENGA Group has developed a web-based tool.
Flue gas condensation plays a major role in increasing fuel efficiency and thus getting more usable heat from the fuel. Overall, this also reduces emissions. Some of our customers are already using this technology, while others are considering retrofitting their plant with it. With the tool you can of course also calculate heat recovery potentials without condensation part.
Fig.1: Heat recovery in a flue gas condensation plant leads to maximum possible fuel efficiency
With the flue gas condensation potential estimation, the review of existing plants is made possible and first decision steps for new plants can be set. In addition to calculating the expected potential, it is also possible to display comparative cases with different scenarios directly in the tool. By entering the actual operating parameters, you can, for example, understand the effects of fuel-water content, residual oxygen content in the flue gas and return temperature of the district heating network on the potential of your plant.
The tool is part of a series of process engineering models that we use in our CONENGA Performance Cloud for online diagnosis of process engineering conditions and continuous improvement of your plant. We have now “extracted” a part of it and make it available to you free of charge.
If you would like to improve the heat recovery potential of your plant or are thinking about retrofitting, we invite you to try our tool free of charge. A one-time registration is all you need to get started.
Simply visit the following website: https://tools.conengagroup.com
We are looking forward to your feedback! Teilen Sie uns auch gerne mit, welche weiteren Berechnungen für Sie von besonderem Interesse sind. We will gladly take your input into account when developing the next tools we would like to make available to interested parties in the future.
Thanks for using it and have fun optimizing!
Your CONENGA Group Development Team
ESG: Environmental Social Governance or “Excellence = Strategically Smart!”
For many years, we at FACT Consulting have been supporting companies in their strategy work, advising them on the subject of leadership and providing support in process design. Excellent companies thus manage to implement clear strategic priorities through consistently acting executives with committed employees in clear processes.
Can we also benefit from the ESG guidelines?
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We love MQTT
Many of our customers, and we as well, require flexible, above all scalable solutions in the digitization strategy in order to transfer process data. If data is sent to several sites, the MQTT protocol is a good choice.
But how do you design a solution to provide the different stakeholders in the company with just the data they need for their area? In response, we developed an MQTT cluster with multiple redundant nodes last year, which has been live since January 1, 2023, and which we would like to present here.
How does our MQTT cluster function?
MQTT (Message Queuing Telemetry Transport) is a protocol that allows a client and a server to communicate with each other. In short, a protocol for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). MQTT offers a lot of advantages in data transmission – such as sparse data volume and TLS encryption, so there is no need for external encryption via VPN.
Clients send their data to specific “topics” at the broker and in return can “subscribe” to desired topics, similar to a newsletter subscription. The clients can be organized in star topology, so new clients can be added especially easily. This results in a highly scalable solution, a well thought-out topic structure is mandatory for this!
This Message Oriented Middleware solution (MOM) enables us to provide our customers with a reliable interface between IT and OT!
All the complexity remains hidden from the client. From his perspective, there is simply a highly available MQTT connection over which data can be exchanged between different devices and applications.
Failure and IT security
In addition to the aforementioned encrypted data transmission using TLS, the MQTT-CLuster itself has a multi-redundant design and is thus built as a highly available, scalable decentralized architecture solution that we make available to our customers.
With this architecture, which was developed on the basis of MQTT, VerneMQ and internal encryption with Nebula, many of the previous restrictions can be thrown overboard. This not only eliminates the risk of a single-point-of-failure, but also allows us to quickly and easily scale horizontally if necessary, i.e. we expand the cluster with additional MQTT nodes when the load is higher in order to distribute the load evenly.
This is how you can imagine it…
Gaining information from data, made easy!
Large, unwieldy Excel files that are difficult to maintain and in which errors that are difficult to recognize creep in again and again are now a thing of the past.
With the help of the MQTT cluster, it is now possible to transmit, store and evaluate live all process and production values from different locations every second! Reports, live KPI’s, alarms, OEE values and much more can be generated and calculated via a connected information platform.
Damit werden Reportprozesse auf allen Ebenen des Unternehmens um ein Vielfaches vereinfacht, die Reportgenauigkeit nimmt signifikant zu, da die notwendigen Berechnungswerte direkt von der Datenquelle live herangezogen werden.
- We transfer data in real time and can do without a VPN connection.
- We simply collect the data in databases and can make it available without major hurdles, develop models, perform analyses faster, and also provide our controls on the PLC with calculations ranging from soft sensors to elaborate AI tools.
- And last but not least, we can also make them tangible for our customers – with the specially developed web-based data platform.
…and that’s why we love MQTT!
What is strategic sustainability?
Sustainability encompasses more than mere ecological aspects
Currently, the big shift towards a sustainable economy is taking place. In accordance with the European Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD for short – the new EU directive on CSR reporting), it is important to base your own corporate success story in the direction of sustainability on the following three aspects:
Well-known topics such as climate protection and change, resource use and circular economy, environmental pollution, biodiversity and ecosystems
Equal opportunities, training and qualification as well as employee participation, work-life balance, suitable working environment
Business practices, risk management, corporate ethics and culture, including anti-corruption and anti-bribery, political engagement, lobbying activities
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From Austria to Australia…
Technology transfer to Australia
There have often been successful exports from Austria to overseas, and one or two well-known stories have their origins in Styria. One of our current orders also originates from this federal state – as a result of one of our successful technology projects.
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