For the first time, the award ceremony for the best Polish Energy Scouts took place in Warsaw on December 10. The German-Polish Chamber of Industry and Commerce welcomed 27 Energy Scouts from six companies. Energy Scouts learn to identify potential savings in the area of energy and resources and then design practical projects to make their companies more innovative, competitive and climate-friendly.
The first-place award went to Małgorzata Rdzanek, Konrad Grzegorczyk, and Konrad Sikora from MAN Bus Sp. z o. o. The Energy Scouts have already installed energy-saving LED lighting in the logistics area and thus reduced annual electricity consumption by 482.7 MWh. Likewise, the conversion of outdoor lighting (parking lot and street lighting) to LED lamps is underway, saving another 67.2 MWh per year. In addition, the installation of a rooftop photovoltaic system for the production hall with a total capacity of 170.4 kWp is being considered; this will enable the production of around 160 MWh of green electricity annually.
Second place went to Kamil Byczkowski, Michał Gruchot, Damian Kociurski from Multiserwis Sp. z o.o. The Energy Scouts designed a sustainable electric mobility project. An electric bus will be used for company purposes. The charging station installed for this purpose will not be supplied by the grid, but with energy from the company’s own photovoltaic system. The system has a peak output of around 190.7 kWp. The pilot project is intended to gather experience for the future expansion of the electric fleet.
Third place was won by the Energy Scouts of Schneider Polska Technika Samochodowa i kontenerowa Sp. z o.o. The project of Adam Karczmarczyk, Ewelina Krajewska, Edyta Grabowska addresses the modernization of the lighting systems in the production halls, which will soon be lit by LED lamps. The payback period is about 3.3 years.
Two inspiring guest contributions encouraged the Energy Scouts and guests to “think outside the box” and showed very different approaches to climate protection in companies. Magdalena Kołomańska from Bosch Polska presented the path of the Robert Bosch Group, with its more than 400 locations worldwide, to becoming a CO2-neutral industrial company.
The recycling of discarded wind turbine rotors, presented by Marcin Sobczyk of AMNET, has pioneering character. The company has developed a unique technology for recovering carbon fibers from rotors. In the future, the fibers will be used, for example, in the production of laminates, but also in bridge construction. One of the company’s award-winning up-cycling projects, WingsForLiving, uses discarded rotor blades to make unusual outdoor furniture.