Grundfos: Success with property renovation in Russia
Eastern European countries can skip decades of technological development by making use of the extensive knowledge and experience Grundfos and five other Scandinavian companies have integrated into their products. Proof of this can be found in a newly-renovated apartment block in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Total heat consumption has been dramatically reduced in the block which has been equipped with insulated exteriors, replacement windows, a new heat exchanger in the basement and a new top floor with sunlit apartments. The apartments will be rented to former military personnel who have returned from service in the Baltic countries.
Grundfos has contributed to reducing energy consumption by using circulation pumps which employ tiny integrated frequency converters to regulate output auto-matically in response to current heat requi- rements. This automated process ensures that the pumps' energy consumption is more than halved compared to traditional, unregulated pumps - an energy saving of global importance, as pump systems ac-count for almost 20% of the world's total power consumption.
The apartment block project was used at the Baltic Development Forum Summit in St. Petersburg (23-25 September 2001) as a practical example of the conference theme "Closing the gap: Creating a win-win situation in the Baltic Sea Region". On the last day of the conference the focus was on how the private sector can contribute to - and benefit from - cooperation on solutions for the huge environmental problems of the Baltic region.