A group of Ugandan trainees benefited from adding practical training to their theoretical energy auditor training resulting in an above average passrate in their examination for the group.
The Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) program of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) was delivered over 2 weeks with the AEE CEA examination in Kampala Uganda, to a group of 10 energy professionals. The theoretical training modules of the AEE’s CEA was complimented with a practical session within the nearby Crown Beverages Pepsi plant.
The Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) was contracted by GIZ PREEEP to deliver the CEA program with a practical component and to conduct the internationally recognized AEE CEA examination. All candidates that achieved a passmark of 70% or higher may apply for international Certification as a CEA with the AEE through the AEE’s Certification Administrator in Sub-Saharan Africa, the EnTF.
A total of 10 candidates were trained in energy auditing theory and prepared for the international examination, with a practical session to learn the use of energy audit equipment and report writing requirements. Performing the tasks learnt in the theory embedded knowledge more effectively and was appreciated by the learners as well as enjoyed. Albert Williams, and Industrial Engineer with CEA, CEM, CMVP and REP certifications, as well as an AEE accredited trainer for CEA and CEM said “The practical sessions were invaluable and candidates appreciated and enjoyed the opportunity to put to practice what they learnt in class”. Candidates were examined after the course, and achieved an exceptional 80% pass rate where 8 of the 10 candidates have progressed to the certification application process for peer-review and verification to become fully Certified as CEAs. Candidates were required to provide their individually finalised energy audit reports to the facilitator for marking, and collaboration into one report for submission and use by the practical site.
Besides the candidates now being trained and on their way to become internationally certified by the largest professional organization in the energy industry, the AEE, the Pepsi plant receives valuable information as an outcomes of the practical session. Several Energy Management Opportunities (EMO) were identified with attractive implementation business cases for Pepsi.
The practical session kicked off on the first day with introducing the CEA team to the Pepsi employees, conducting a walkthrough through the premises to familiarise the students to the facility and identify the Significant Energy Users (SEU’s), developing technical objective and a measurement plan, and installing temporary measurement equipment on the identified equipment to correlate with the measurement plan. This was followed by removing the temporary logging, downloading and analysing the data, and developing an estimated business case for the five largest EMO’s. The plant showed significant potential for energy improvements and the candidates only concentrated on the most attractive ‘low-hanging fruit’ opportunities that have been reported as short-term priority implementations.
The SEU’s at Pepsi include the compressed air system, the steam system, lighting, the chiller system, and conveyors. The bottling process, filling, labelling, shrink wrapping, palletising, and effluent treatment had negligible controllable EMO’s, and were subsequently not considered for measurement or business case analysis. The Uganda CEA team identified, quantified, and prioritised EMO recommendations and concluded that by implementing these savings of up to 3 430 000 kWh/annum could be achieved with a payback of 2 months, and such projects could deliver an equivalent carbon reduction of 1 132 tonnes per annum.
Williams says: “The value added to the plant, in having several energy engineers performing an energy audit and developing resultant identified recommendations are significant to making training programs more viable for clients as the additional benefits could off-set the training costs if the correct plant is chosen and the audit reports are followed up with implementation.”
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