Mtech Group: leading manufacturer of electrical panels in the energy, transport and industrial sectors

At Mtech Energy Consulting we like to say that “we have just been born and we are already 20 years old”: Mtech Group is the original company of the group – born in 1999 – and focuses its activity on the design and manufacture of electrical panels, as well as on the distribution of electrical material.

Mtech Group’s main credentials are:

  • 20 years of experience in the electrical sector.

  • Team composed of more than 100 people, 75% of whom are specialists in electrical engineering.

  • 12 million euros in revenues in 2019.

  • 5,000 m2 of usable area in its facilities.

  • More than 500 reference customers on 5 continents.

As it could not be any other way, we have all their support and they provide us with everything related to electrical material and equipment.

If you want more information about them, we recommend you to visit their website: mtechgroup.es

Digital transformation in the energy sector

Digital transformation can be defined as the application of digital capabilities to processes, products and assets to improve efficiency, add value for the customer, help in risk management and discover new business opportunities.

Thus, digital transformation in the field of energy is key to improving the efficiency and sustainability of companies, as it acts as an accelerator of their business competitiveness and as a pillar of the decarbonization of the economy.

Undoubtedly, the energy sector as a whole is undergoing a true industrial revolution: regulators, consumers and companies have to adapt to a new environment full of opportunities, but also risks (including “falling behind”).

How to digitize your energy?

A major step is to digitize the electrical distribution infrastructure of the facilities:

  • On the one hand, the productivity and comfort of any building depend entirely on its reliability and safety. An infrastructure that has also become more sophisticated and capable as the size and complexity of facilities and their loads have increased.

  • On the other hand, the power supply constitutes the largest part of the energy consumption of any facility, so by having information on your distribution infrastructure, you will be able to optimize the energy consumed and avoid inefficiencies.

What are the direct benefits of digitizing your energy?

  • Maximize the energy availability of your facilities.

  • Reduce energy costs.

  • Optimize equipment performance.

  • Comply with regulations and standards with sustainability and environmental objectives, such as ISO 50001.

Intelligent management of energy data

Data is information and “information is power”.

For any facility or building, this statement is completely true, both literally and figuratively. The more you understand your energy data, the greater the benefit you can obtain.

By having both electrical data – current, voltage, power, energy, etc. – and contextual data – operation characteristics, production data, external climate data, etc. – at your disposal, you can optimize the energy consumed and avoid costly inefficiencies.

Continuous improvement cycle: define, measure, understand, act and control

The energy digitalization strategy should be based on:

  • Define which are the electrical and energy parameters whose information is considered important to improve your energy consumption.

  • Measure all those electrical and energy parameters that will feed the management systems in charge of monitoring and control.

  • Understand how the infrastructure operates on a day-to-day basis and where we may have points for improvement.

  • Act by proposing solutions and actions based on available information.

  • Control that the proposals implemented and actions carried out comply with the expected results.

Smart Panels, software and digital services to implement your energy digitization strategy.

Once you have “built” your smart panel, energy management platforms are specially designed to monitor, analyze and control the electrical distribution system, providing tools for:

  • Real-time energy monitoring: you will be able to visualize energy events as they occur, as well as usage and consumption fluctuations in real time.

  • Data visualization and analysis: you will be able to visualize energy and consumption data in graphs and reports, with functions for comparison, analysis and adaptation to your needs; detecting trends, energy quality problems and events, improvement opportunities, etc.

  • Alarm and event management: receive instant alarms in case of events or problems. Get sequential information to contextualize the failure, analyze and find the root cause of the incident and proactively manage problems.

  • Management platform for IoT devices: easy connection of multiple smart meters, controllers and sensors to the energy management platform.

From this point on, infinite possibilities of analysis and questions open up that you will be able to answer:

  • Last year, which processes/lines had the highest energy consumption?

  • What energy use intensity (kWh/product) do I apply to each of my range of manufactured products?

  • Does the actual consumption pattern match the hours and intensity of use of the facility?

  • Which equipment should I prioritize in the next maintenance planning?

  • If there is an event or failure, will my critical processes and devices remain operational?

Supply voltage optimization

One of the most direct and most impactful ways to save energy in an installation is the optimization of the power supply voltage: Conservation Voltage Reduction (“CVR”).

The market leading voltage optimization solution has its own name: it is called Icopower, it comes from Italy and its exclusive distribution for Spain and Portugal is the responsibility of the company Panorama Energy, with whom Mtech Energy Consulting has an equally exclusive partnership agreement.

Icopower is an Italian company founded in 2014 with full focus on the manufacturing of innovative technological solutions in the field of energy efficiency:

  • Manufacturer of solutions specifically designed to optimize electricity consumption in commercial, industrial and service companies.

  • Continuous development of new solutions and product improvements through I+D.

  • Present in more than 10 countries, in full international expansion.

  • Technological Partners: IBM, Schneider, Lovato Electric.

Icopower’s CVR solution has already been successfully installed in a multitude of first class customers in different sectors:

By reducing our energy consumption, we fight climate change while achieving economic savings.

Our global challenge as a species: global warming

  • Warming in the climate system is unequivocal.

  • The main contribution comes from the increase in the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere that has been occurring since 1750 and whose level has been unprecedented in the last 22,000 years.

  • The main cause of this increase (+40% from pre-industrial levels) is derived from the combustion of fossil fuels.

  • We also know the consequences: the atmosphere and the ocean have warmed, snow and ice volumes have decreased, sea levels have risen and greenhouse gas concentrations have increased.

IPCC, 2013: “Summary for Policymakers. In: Climate Change 2013: Physical Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change” [Stocker, T. F., D. Qin, G.-K. Plattner, M. Tignor, S. K. Allen, J. Boschung, A. Nauels, Y. Xia, V. Bex, and P.M. Midgley (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK and New York, NY, USA.

The relevance of energy consumption in Spain

1 We are not very efficient in consumption

Eurostat: statistical data obtained from the web site

2 We consume more energy

Eurostat: statistical data obtained from the web site

We are one of the European Union (EU) countries with the highest energy expenditure per unit of economic production (primary and final energy intensity).

Kgoe = kilograms of oil equivalent: is a standardized unit of energy. By convention it is equivalent to the approximate amount of energy that can be extracted from one kilogram of crude oil. It is a standardized unit, assigned a net calorific value of 41 868 kilojoules / kg and can be used to compare energy from different sources.

Spain has more electricity consumption per capita than even the United Kingdom, despite having more daylight hours and a lower per capita income, and a higher per capita electricity consumption than Italy, despite having similar climatic conditions and similar per capita income.

3 We also have one of the highest electricity bill costs in Europe.

Eurostat: statistical data obtained from the web site