Water & Energy Solutions started as a technical problem solving company in 2010, solving problems for multinationals in the (chemical) process industry. Right from the start we experienced success in finding solutions for companies such as DSM, Gasunie and Shell. However, we found that a problem is only seen as a problem if it poses direct inconvenience. Of course, a chemical engineer can solve any challenge. But often, these problems arise in specific parts of a process.
By looking beyond specific problems and by analyzing the process from a fresh perspective, we found high impact optimization opportunities in places others had overlooked. We saw optimization potential.
Seeing the optimization potential, we asked ourselves: Why did our clients not see the same potential? All our clients employed staff trained in optimization methodologies such as: Lean-Six Sigma, Total Quality Management, Kaizen, Total Productive Maintenance, etc. Our conclusion: Current optimization methodologies need to be optimized.
How do you optimize optimization methodologies? In other words, how do you structurally find new opportunities that are currently invisible?
Our answer: If you look at a process in a different way, you will see different things.
Innovation generates results
Together with the University of Groningen we developed a new optimization methodology called “Flux Technology”. The methodology contains elements of all known optimization methodologies and assesses a process based on different intersections and perspectives.
Our methodology was successful from the start, resulting in 50% reduction in yearly energy costs for our first client. Here, the proposed project had a payback time of 6 months. This was the start of the success of Water & Energy Solutions, with our best result up to now; 70% energy reduction potential for a site housing three plants with a payback period of 8 months. As a result of our experience, we believe that 20% energy reduction for every client is easily obtainable.