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Efficiency and Innovation: Striving for Energy Efficiency in a World of Technology

In a world where resources are becoming increasingly precious and the environment needs to be protected, the pursuit of energy efficiency is more relevant than ever. This rapidly changing landscape is driving engineers, innovators and enthusiasts around the world to create and implement technologies that can transform the way we think about resources and the environment.
Environmental awareness and energy conservation are becoming important aspects not only in the world of technology, but also in manufacturing processes. It is important to ask ourselves questions about resource efficiency, equipment efficiency and environmental impact. Being responsible in these areas can not only reduce costs, but also contribute to sustainability and preserving our planet for future generations.

In this article, we will look at a few prime examples where innovation and the pursuit of efficiency come together to achieve amazing results. Through the Honda Mile Challenge, Shell Eco-marathon and other initiatives, we will see how enthusiasm and technology can change the way we think about resources, the environment and the future.

Paradigm shift: Honda Mile Challenge

Japan recently completed a competition that has forced a paradigm shift in how we think about the fuel efficiency of cars. "The Honda Mile Challenge, which has been running since 1981, has provided a platform for enthusiast engineers to break records and prove that maximising fuel economy is realistic. At the Tōchigi Prefecture Motorsport Circuit, Team Fireball achieved a stunning result, covering a total of 3,644 kilometres on one litre of petrol. This triumph proves once again that innovation and perseverance can enable outstanding achievements in even the most demanding fields.

From challenge to revolution: the Shell Eco-marathon

The history of the energy efficiency challenge began decades ago when a group of Shell scientists decided to test their mettle in creating a vehicle that could travel the maximum distance on a single gallon of fuel. Their competition gave rise to the global Shell Eco-marathon competition, which over time has led to innovative technologies and significant improvements in fuel efficiency. Today, participants in this competition are building vehicles that are not only exceptionally fuel efficient, but are also becoming an important factor in a paradigm shift in the automotive industry.

Technological advances: PEUGEOT and the MPG Marathon

This year, PEUGEOT took a comprehensive victory in the MPG Marathon, sponsored by Barclaycard Fuel+ in conjunction with TMC, with the all-new 208 Diesel 5-door hatchback, which covered more than 385 miles in real-world conditions, achieving an average fuel consumption of 104.5 miles per gallon. Not only was this the highest MPG of all the cars that took part in the event, it was also the 'Best Percentage Improvement' with a 29 per cent improvement over the official combined cycle economy figures.

Car economy and fuel consumption, CO2 emissions are all things we know and understand well from the automotive world. Many of us choose a new car based on these parameters. But what about equipment for the food industry? There are similar things there too, such as electricity consumption or water consumption.

Beyond the car world: Energy in the food industry.

How much kWh or m3 of water does your CIP station consume per wash, for example?
  • Is the use of recycled water rational?
  • Does your CIP station reuse water after the last rinse or does it just go down the drain?
  • Are the valve timing flips on the cluster panels set correctly?
  • if your CIP station is equipped with an electric heat exchanger, is the heating efficient, is the heat exchanger power optimised?
  • is there thermal insulation on the liquor tank and on the pipework, is it efficient enough? or are you just heating the environment and wasting energy?
  • is the pump operation properly adjusted on the solution recipes?
  • do you have the possibility to monitor the energy consumption of key equipment in the CIP station?
  • Do you have the possibility to see energy consumption figures for one wash, month, quarter, year...?

This is important information to study, monitor and analyse, especially in today's realities of energy prices and the growing trend towards respect for the environment, nature and the planet we live on.

These numbers and data have a direct impact on your production costs and your bottom line. It's worth thinking about...

We are confident that you can find the answers to these and other questions on our blog.

Your next step towards an innovative future

The competitions, records and technologies we've talked about are just the beginning of a journey towards a more efficient and sustainable world. They show that courage, perseverance and dedication to ideas can overturn standards and revolutionise technological development. As with Team Fireball, Shell Eco-marathon and PEUGEOT, such achievements are achieved through bold solutions and a deep understanding of needs.

VIRAVIX is your reliable partner in realising innovative engineering solutions. We offer a wide range of services including consultancy, design and development of technological solutions that improve efficiency and reduce resource consumption. Our team of experienced engineers is ready to approach each project individually, taking into account your unique needs and goals.
Technological advances never stand still, and your company can be a part of this evolution. Connect to the movement towards a more sustainable future by contacting us. Partnering with Viravix will give you the opportunity to evaluate and implement innovative ideas, optimise production processes and take your business to new heights of efficiency and sustainability.