Future plant engineering
The plant engineering is the second but major pillar of Niersberger. It includes both the installation and construction of facilities, the provision of expert know-how in the procedural plant engineering as well as the renewable energy technology and environmental engineering.
Concept: regaining of ressources
The main concept of Niersberger plants is the generation of energy by applying renewable energy technologies and systems of environmental engineering. We do that out of a very special reason: As plants are producing energy they simoultaneously regain secondary, but valuable and marketable byproducts while executing their transformation process – e. g. organic fertilizer or crude oil. This concept is commonly discribed as the regaining of ressources. The concept is carried by a well-known idea: sustainability.
Niersberger’s origin: supply rechnology
At the core of modern plant construction and engineering stands the supply technology as well as its generic subsections, the technical building equipment and the building technology. That’s where Niersberger comes from. These disciplines are the group’s origin. Supply technology can be understood as the corporate foundation, once linking up to modern plant construction based on the renewable energy technology and the environmental engineering. The entire corporate history is attributed to the field of supply technology.
Up- and downstream services
Of course, the plant construction and engineering also includes the entire pre-planning of projects, development, planning and at last the implementation. This business sector is completed by a comprehensive service and maintenance department as well as the technical operations management for plants in the area of renewable energies.
Chain of success in the plant engineering
The chain of success in the area of plant engineering describes the development process and the benefits of a construction project for the customer. What does the Niersberger chain of success in the plant engineering look like? It can be divided into three major blocks.
Analysis and development
- Determining the specific requirements of a facility in an economic, technical and administrative context.
Benefits: Substance and facts collection / comprehensive information
- Feasibility studies: Benchmark of different concepts with an “OK” or “not OK” estimation.
Benefits: Knowledge – is the project even feasible?
- Process development, how the system is to be operated
Benefits: Overview of the process details
- Selection and deciding on a concept
Benefits: Quorum enables the next steps
- Planning of the concept details regarding the projected revenue, cost and technology (components, parts, process engineering)
Benefits: First insight into the efficiency of the system
- Approval: What permits do I need? Which authorities are responsible for which approval?
Benefits: Niersberger will carry out all the necessary official paperwork, prepare documents and also submit them
- Implementation planning: Which components are required for the implementation?
Benefits: To know what the facility consists of
- Procurement of offers for the required components
Benefits: Efficiency and quality under one roof
- Analysis of the offers according to price, performance and quality
Benefits: What can the components promise and deliver at which prices?
- Decision-making and ordering of the components
Administrative benefits: takeover of the ordering and delivery process
- Construction of the plant
Benefits: Structural competence and services
Start of operations
Benefits: Technical operation expertise
- Provision of performance certificates
Benefits: A clean itemization and comparison of the defined performance with the actual performance
- Hand-over to the operator
Benefits: 100% functional system is handed over to the owner or the operator
Service & maintenance (O & M) / technical operations management
- Compliance with the maintenance intervals
Benefits: A continuous maintenance and therefore error-free performance
- Remote maintenance
Benefits: Convenient service, without additional costs
- Maintenance management
Benefits: An optimized service which becomes active when it is required.
- Technical operations management
Technical operation of equipment, monitoring, control, the consistent information and reporting activities,
Benefits: Technical operational efficiency provided by experts, and the identification of optimization potentials
Services in the field of plant construction
Our services in the field of plant construction cover the areas supply engineering and procedural plant engineering. Depending on the requirements profil of our customers we set up the technical building equipment individually and moreover are available as service provider in the area of energy production. Furthermore, we take charge of service and maintenance of different plants throughout Europe.
Buildings or facilities of any kind contain more today than many think. Technology for example. Today, a hospital or an industrial plant is “packed” with technology, which greatly eases the life of the people who live or work there, and also makes it safer and more comfortable. Niersberger meets the highest standards as a partner of numerous hospitals and customers in the industry every day, especially from a hygienic and energetic perspective, and also fully satisfies the statutory requirements.
Balanced technical building equipment
In the office, at home or during leisure activities: A balanced technical building equipment is an essential part of modern real-estate. Together with our customers we are able to develop concepts that meet the individual requirements of our customers. Here, we explain the benefits of technical supply system in a concrete simulation to the customers. And finally we specify what systems are specifically best suitable for a real-estate.
Service: optimal supply technology
conomy, quality and functionality – that’s what supply technology must be measured against. These criteria are clearly in the foreground. Niersberger will make sure that your building is optimally supplied, that the technology works perfectly, and make sure the residents aren’t disturbed through the activities. Because then everything will be alright.
Supply technology for industrial customers
A smoothly functioning supply technology for industrial customers is particularly important. On the one hand, we provide a budget and deadline compliance, and on the other hand we are also a dependable and competent partner you can rely on. Thereby we don’t just take care of the pure building technology. We also connect machines to the oil or air circulation, and thus contribute to a trouble-free manufacturing process. Empathy and an in-depth knowledge of our industrial customer processes are a prerequisite. This ensures an optimal integration of the Niersberger competence into the operations. And that allows for the best possible solution to be implemented for the production process of our customers.
Our range of services includes complex and sophisticated installations, service and maintenance of building technology in industrial plants, the supply of the equipment, for example, with air, water, gas or oil as well as the provision and execution of connections of this equipment for this production process.
The areas of activity, in detail:
- Fire protection technology
- Electrical engineering
- Building automation / electrical, measurement and control technology
- Air and climate technology
- Sanitary engineering
- Safety technology
- Heating and cooling technology
- Building management and service
- Media supply
- Large kitchen systems & technology
- Construction measures, which may be required due to the technology
- 24-hour service
Procedural plant engineering Process of energy production
Procedural plant engineering deals with plants, which have the primary function of generating power. Thereby, the processes of the energy production are important. This can occur using raw materials or other resources.
Recovery of resources
Niersberger places a high degree of importance on sustainability for this process. It describes the process path, which focuses on the ecologically meaningful recovery of resources. Against this background, waste products can also be used for procedural plants. They act as resources that generate energy. Another aspect of usage: The process transforms this waste product into a marketable product. The real recovery of resources takes place in this step. Because: If there is a market for this product, then the model will pay off fully. A cycle that pays off double!
The process is dominating
Procedural engineered plants are highly complex. Niersberger specializes in this area of regenerative energy technology and environmental engineering. The process is the decisive factor here. It dominates the entire design and construction phase. Only when this has been defined precisely, will Niersberger begin with the design or the construction of a customized facility that perfectly corresponds to your process.
Renewable energy technology
That Niersberger has become active as a classic installation company in the market segment of renewable energy technology, is obvious. The basic expertise is available. Only a transformation of this basic knowledge had to be conducted in order to ultimately be successful in this innovative segment.
Finite nature of fossil fuels
In this business area, Niersberger focuses on photovoltaics and the waste fermentation as well as the production of biogas. The reason: The finite nature of fossil fuels. Even nuclear fuels such as uranium are not available in endless amounts. On the contrary: in 60 years, the global uranium deposits should be used up. The situation with fossil fuels is even more volatile. In approximately 40 years the supplies of fossil fuels, such as petroleum, will start to deplete. That’s what the International Energy Agency IEA is saying. In about 8 years, according to the IEA experts, the global peak of oil production will already have been reached. Afterwards, alternative energy sources will need to cover more and more of the emerged gaps. In the Federal Republic of Germany alone, approximately 20% of the total energy requirement is provided by renewable energy sources. By 2020 it is predicted to even be 30%, and by 2030 up to 40%.
Since 2004 biogas plants from Niersberger have been producing biogas from organic waste (liquid manure, manure, sewage sludge), organic waste and plant material (corn, grass, sugar beets etc.), and converting it into electrical energy and heat.
In the particular case of organic waste, biogas is attained in a so-called waste fermentation plant. A technical step, which reduces odor emissions and allows for the proper recycling of bio-waste. The digestate is processed further as fertilizer. A closed and above all sustainable cycle that leaves no traces.
Thus, the Niersberger Group received a major order for the construction of a complete biogas plant from E.ON in 2008. This was the largest biogas project to date, with a total volume of EUR 10 million.
Approaches for regenerative energy technology
This is the basis for a logical starting point for the use of renewable energy technology. Here, Niersberger designs custom solutions, based on concrete and realistic requirements. This conceptual spirit pervades the entire development phase, continues into the implementation and finally has its finale in the installation and commissioning. Thereby, each facility is different. Because each installation meets the customer’s specific requirements and is based on an individual approach.
Service and maintenance
With a total of over 1,000 maintenance contracts, the service and maintenance department plays an important operational role in the Niersberger Group. Several companies of the group handle the maintenance and servicing of various plants in Germany and throughout Europe.
Regular inspections and regular maintenance are important for the smooth operation of a plant. Compliance with the maintenance intervals, for example, protects the operator from warranty failures and guarantees a long life of the facility. Periodic maintenance will be carried out locally by the Niersberger service technician.
Remote maintenance through telemetry
Through so-called “remote systems” is possible to also perform remote maintenance. This saves long journeys, is environmentally friendly and cost-saving.
The remote maintenance is made possible through the telemetry. It enables a facility setting via the computer. Remote maintenance services are ideal for the unscheduled servicing, as a consequence of system failures or other functional or operational failures. They can often be resolved through this service.
Technical and commercial operations management
In addition to the maintenance, this business area also covers the entire technical and commercial operations management. Niersberger monitors the technical aspect of the production process in biogas or solar systems, and ensures the efficiency and profitability of the system through a clearly structured invoicing and the processing of different types of subsidization.
Renewable energy technology
The maintenance of renewable energy technology systems requires in-depth knowledge about the technology and the system itself. This is why, for example, the environment in which a biogas plant or a photovoltaic system is installed plays an important role. Environmental factors are critical to the operation and have a large impact on the flawless functionality. Is the facility located in the mountains, by the sea, in dry or damp area? What is the climate, what is the temperature?
For this, there are specific work instructions that are individually tailored to the respective plant. The goal is to ensure the maximum service reliability of the facility. Also during a maintenance. Because the consistent reduction of downtimes saves money. Thereby, preventive error analyses can also help. The transition non-predictable failures into predictable maintenance intervals. A value added service from Niersberger. Maintenance plans are not just checked off. This is backed by knowledge, competence and an unconditional operational readiness of the Niersberger technicians.
Supply Engineering regularly serviced
A system failure of the supply technology can be expensive. And uncomfortable! Sanitary facilities, air and air-conditioning technology, water supply or heating should definitely be serviced on a regular basis. This doesn’t just extend the service life, but also ensures a safe operation. And that is, for example, of fundamental importance for buildings or industrial installations