Rubí: integrated project tools for a new energy business model

The Rubí Town Council (Barcelona) appointed the ICGC, the Catalonian Cartographic and Geological Institute to draw up two studies on the photovoltaic potential and energy efficiency of the municipality’s industrial areas, a task that took two years to complete. These studies and the web tools arising from them will enable both the municipality and business owners themselves to take decisions and promote policies for energy saving and environmental improvement. The outcome of the studies was presented on 13 February as part of the 8th Rubí Brilla Technical Seminar organised by the Rubí Town Council to mark World Energy Day.

The Rubí Town Council is a practical demonstration of how an alternative energy model is possible. Despite the fact that municipal competences as regards energy are relatively limited, the Town Council has been the driving force behind the Rubí Brilla project, with support from Catalonian and European institutions, with the aim of promoting energy efficiency and the use of renewables. This project establishes five areas of activity: municipal, industrial, commercial, domestic and international.

It is precisely in the field of industry in which the two latest tools developed by the Town Council in collaboration with the ICGC form a part. With a total of eleven industrial estates, 40% of the energy consumption and emissions of the town are produced by industry, which is why there is no doubt as to the importance of these two tools. Thanks to the visual displays that have been created, business owners can find out if they have energy losses and how to regulate them; and identify the capacity of each industrial warehouse for the installation of solar PV or thermal panels and thus produce the energy the facilities themselves need.

Article published in: FuturENERGY March 2015