How German Engineers Want to Cut Energy Use in the U.S.Stefan Nicola
MeteoViva GmbH, a German engineering company that’s reducing energy use at Dusseldorf Airport and Bayerische Motoren Werke AG facilities, plans to add large customers in the U.S.
MeteoViva’s software works out the future heating and cooling needs of a building, which it says can reduce energy costs by as much as 40 percent. The application is installed via a router-sized box, Managing Director Stefan Hardt said in an interview.
“Current technologies are wasteful as buildings are always a step behind reacting to outside temperature, which often means heating and cooling too much or at the same time,” said Hardt, who will meet potential customers in California and Oregon starting April 28. “Our technology significantly lowers a building’s carbon footprint.”
The U.S. is attractive because energy consumption is higher and buildings are 10 to 20 years behind European energy-efficiency standards, Hardt said in Berlin. MeteoViva in February opened a unit in Washington, D.C., and is teaming up with Baumann Consulting Inc. to sell and install its product.
U.S. customers would need to invest $1 to $3 a square meter (11 square feet); MeteoViva then gets paid by recouping a third of the energy cost savings, according to Hardt.
MeteoViva, which employs 20 people, uses weather forecasts and data on a building’s design, machinery and people to manage its heating and cooling systems. The Juelich-based company has fitted out 50 office, school and industrial sites across Europe, including Dusseldorf Airport, BMW’s exhibition space in Munich, Deutsche Bahn AG train-repair plants and a Daimler AG building.