When exhibition business is in full swing at Friedrichshafen, the electricity meter is spinning at top speed too. In order to save electricity, Messe technician Christian Raidler has taken any number of measures in recent years: the resulting annual average electricity savings of eight per cent have been warmly welcomed – and not only in-house. In 2014 Messe Friedrichshafen was awarded its first “Good Practice Label” by the German Energy Agency for its energy efficient operations. At the time, the key reason for being awarded the label was that the low-voltage main distributor had been connected to a monitoring system, enabling verifiable data about actual power requirements and, consequently, the reactivation of the 400-V-ring. To enhance this measure and achieve acceptable end-energy savings, elements of the technical building systems that were inefficient were localised and removed, and some of the outdoor lighting was replaced with LED spotlights.
This year Messe Friedrichshafen was celebrating its success, winning the German E-Planner Awards 2016 in the category of Building Automation/Cross-Trade System Integration with its KNX Visualisation project. The aim of this project was to implement an exploratory human-machine interface on the basis of the Shneiderman Rules. In addition, Raidler succeeded in swapping out several logic functions and integrating relevant consumers into Messe Friedrichshafen’s energy management software (EnergyWeb). Sponsored by trade journal ep Elektro-praktiker, the award was presented on 11 October 2016 and recognises the best planning achievements.
Those who have to commute to work at Messe Friedrichshafen can also opt for an e-bike in lieu of a bonus, so that they avoid traffic and keep fit at the same time. Employees can lease the bicycle of their choice and the monthly fee that is deducted from their gross salary earns them real tax benefits. The scheme has met with great interest and at latest by next spring, lots of employees will be zipping past the peak time traffic jams on their bikes.