CIRSA: Solar thermal cooling technology in Terrassa reduces energy consumption by 28%

In September 2017, CIRSA implemented a solar thermal cooling technology in the cooling system of its corporate building in Terrassa (Spain). It is a process that places a 5-panel heat exchanger between the compressor and the condenser, using solar energy to heat the refrigerant and thereby reduce the workload of the compressors, thus achieving substantial energy reductions.

Renewable energy cooperatives

Innovative renewable energy cooperatives are leading the energy transition to energy democracy

A renewable energy cooperative, or REScoop, is a business model in which citizens jointly own and participate in renewable energy or energy efficiency projects. REScoops are also known as community power or community energy initiatives. The European federation of renewable energy cooperatives is It’s a growing network of 1,250 European energy cooperatives and one million citizens who are active in the energy transition.

REScoops generate sustainable energy from local sources thanks to the participation of local citizens. For example, a citizen can become a co-owner of a nearby wind turbine, hydropower installation or solar panels, and no longer needs to depend on a big utility company or worry about rising energy prices.

OPEL ESPAÑA: Implementation of Energy Management System ISO 50001 in 2012

In 2012, OPEL ESPAÑA, supported by Creara Energy Experts, implemented the energy management system ISO 50001 , which had a positive impact on the productivity and management of OPEL ESPAÑA’s facilities.

Fact sheet

  • Company: OPEL ESPAÑA S.L.U
  • Site: Figueruelas Plant
  • Location: Figueruelas, Zaragoza
  • Country: Spain

  • Annual decrease of 4-6% in energy consumption since 2012
  • 21% decrease in CO2 emissions since 2012
  • Related energy cost savings

COGEN Europe’s vision 2050

“Combining heat and power is essential for the future energy system.”

COGEN Europe, the European association for the promotion of cogeneration, recently unveiled its new vision that positions cogeneration as the backbone of Europe’s energy system by bringing together electricity, heat and gas networks, and integrating and using renewables efficiently.