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Tha Bar Wa supports Industries needs technically and professionally by producing a pool of local experts

Tha Bar Wa project organised a follow-up of Energy Efficiency (EE) Training of Trainers (ToT) from 19th to 27th September. The training focused on how to conduct on-site factory assessments. There are 10 trainees who were already involved in EE ToT’s first sessions and are currently conducting energy audits of 9 food and beverage factories.

Before starting the energy audits in the 9 factories, a two days training was organized for factory owners and technicians to make them aware on the benefits of energy efficiency assessment and how such assessments can be conducted and implemented. 20 factory owners and their technicians attended this training.
Daw Myat Wut Yee is an engineer, graduated with B.E mechanical and a MBA degree. She is one of the trainees of the EE ToT and now she is managing data entry, calculating them and preparing final audit report for the factory assessment.

“First, we access the factory and understand their production process. We analyse which unit of the factory is consuming more energy. In order to make such assessment and calculation, we use energy measurement devices to get the exact data. One of our biggest challenge is that there is not enough data with regards to year wise energy consumption and cost. It would have been more effective if the factory kept the data and records their energy consumption in a regular basis.”

Factories did not give much attention for the energy consumed by their production units as they believed that it is part of production cost. However, the electricity prices increased from July 2019 and monthly bills for consumers of 100 units has gone up by approximately 70%. Hence, factories are eager to find solutions for energy savings.

Daw May Thae Aung manages the entire production process in this vinegar factory and she also wants to know how to make her factory energy efficient with the same production outputs.

“With the support from Tha Bar Wa project, we now know the details related to energy efficiency. For example, we know how much diesel will be used for running the generator but we did not calculate how much spending we incurring for the whole year. Now we realized that it is essential to keep track of our energy cost in a regular basis.”

Before completing the assessment report of these 9 factories, these consultants will be undergoing an advance training on energy audits.Tha Bar Wa is looking to build a pool of trained experts willing and able to support F&B companies in reducing their energy use and costs, this pool of experts will be available to companies for fee-based energy consultancy services in future.

Tha Bar Wa project is funded by the European Union under the SWITCH-Asia Programme. It promotes cleaner production within the food and beverage industry by promoting wastewater treatment plants, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. It supports financial institutions to offer banking products designed specifically for cleaner production.