Case Study: Altech

Altech UEC SA is a manufacturing plant for Satellite and Terrestrial decoders and other consumer electronics. The primary processes are plastic injection moulding and electronic manufacture and assembly, and is based in Mount Edgecombe, KwaZulu Natal.

Electricity is the main source of energy, and rising costs combined with irregular supply necessitated a reduction in consumption.

The Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) Project’s Energy Management System (EnMS) Implemented by the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) in conjunction with UNIDO was identified as a starting point.

In the period 2012 – 2013, four projects were undertaken, resulting in a saving of 325,166kWh and R253,381 for an investment of R34,500. A reduction in GHG emissions of 321,914 tons CO2 was achieved, and a payback period of 0,14 years is envisaged.

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