Panasonic launched its Factory Energy Conservation Support Service in April 2010, based on its success in reducing CO2 emissions in production activities in the three years of fiscal 2008-2010. This service provides all-round support in energy-saving activities at factories, from visualization of energy use and energy conservation diagnoses to execution of concrete energy-saving measures, comprehensively covering the aspects of technology, equipment, human resources, and finance.
As part of this service, we developed SE-Navi, a condensed system containing our energy management expertise and know-how to visualize energy consumption at factories. This system identifies the level of energy consumption efficiency with basic energies such as electricity and gas, physical data such as flow, pressure, temperature, and humidity that directly reflects the operation status, and production quantity to help factories swiftly plan energy-saving measures, make trial calculations, and improve verification accuracy. This system also provides graphic displays of long-term efficiency fluctuations for equipment, including compressors, boilers, and freezers, to identify equipment deterioration and necessary maintenance—all of which serve to reduce wasted energy consumption. The SE-Navi has an energy-saving navigation function that identifies issues in the production line and equipment in a timely manner by analyzing the basic unit calculated from the production volume and energy consumption level based on our unique energy-saving determination method. The function automatically identifies sources of energy loss and quantifies the scale of loss, which helps identify the points that must be improved for more efficient energy usage.
During the period of six years from 2010 to 2016, energy-conservation support was provided through diagnoses of approx. 450 cases in the automotive, food, pharmaceutical, machinery, and electronic components industries in Japan. It is also registered as a diagnostic service dedicated to corporate energy conservation diagnosis under the Ministry of the Environment's program for assessing CO2 reduction potential and providing information on the use of effective facilities, operational improvements, etc.
By creating a packaged service of technologies, knowledge, and experience related to the environment cultivated within our Group in the form of Total Environmental Package Solutions for Entire Factories and offering a total solution that covers not only energy conservation but also environmental and energy technologies in wastewater treatment and water recycling, exhaust treatment, resources recycling, soil and groundwater purification, and photovoltaic power generation, we will further contribute to the comprehensive environmental actions being undertaken by enterprises outside Panasonic.