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The main objective of the project has been to extend the best available practices for the evaluation of the energy situation and for the adoption of improving measures amongst the European SMEs on the agro-food sector. In particular, TESLA project has focused on the agro-industries of wineries, olive oil mills, animal feed factories, and fruit and vegetables processing plants. This TESLA project has tackled the problem of energy consumption, which is the main input of these agro-industrial processes, besides raw material. The project implementation entailed the execution of 110 energy audits in Cooperatives belonging to these sectors. These energy audits have been carried out by a multidisciplinary team, including experts in energy efficiency and in agro-food engineering, set up for the project and trained during this. The energy audits have identified around 680 tailor-made energy efficiency measures, and 67 cooperatives have already implemented one, two or more energy efficiency measures with the support and technical assistance of the partners. Members of the consortium have used the tools and knowledge acquired in the project to carry out the dissemination and consciousness-raising campaign amongst the 7,372 associated cooperatives of the four subsectors. Handbooks on energy efficiency and a detailed technical guide on Best practices for improving energy efficiency have been edited, uploaded in the website and distributed during the project lifetime and beyond.


1)Training of a technical team (37 people) specialised in agro-food industry and energy efficiency audits, composed by associations of cooperatives; staff with technical experience in the agro-food industry sub-sectors involved in the project. This team have also relied on the virtual helpdesk tools, which have helped them in their work and will do it also in the future.2)Execution of 110 energy efficiency audits according to own methodology based on the EN 16247:2012, in agro-food cooperatives of France, Spain, Italy and Portugal. The audits have been executed by the expert technical team trained in the project and supported by the partners specialised in energy efficiency services.3)Edition of handbooks on energy efficiency. These handbooks were aimed at agro-industry companies and include information on energy efficiency regarding the agroindustry sub-sectors involved in the project. Handbooks addressed to the four sub-sectors and in the five languages of the project have been produced, and are also available for download on the website. Most of these deliverables have already been distributed within the cooperatives during audit visits, brokerage events and dissemination activities.4)The technical documents on Best practices for improving energy efficiency, addressed to each of the four sub-sectors of the TESLA project, have been developed. The final versions are available in the project website, including a consolidated document edited by the document designer. This document has been addressed to professionals involved in the design and management of these agroindustries. It has been, and will be, disseminated among experts in agro-food processes, universities, energy services companies etc. These documents contain recommendations to be implemented in either the facilities or the agro-food processes.5)The 20 scheduled brokerage events for presenting the project results to SMEs have been carried out. These workshops have been organised in different regions, and also at national and European level, bringing together more than 700 people. These events have given the opportunity to disseminate deliverables and project results targeted to a wide range of professionals, including specific energy efficiency measures and their implementation, as well as the TESLA tool.

Lessons learned

Lessons learnt during this project stem directly from the project deliverables, such as the methodology for the execution of the energy audit - explained during the training courses - or the detailed description of the four agro-food subsectors of the project by which heterogeneity in the facilities of each subsector was stated. These dissimilarities are due to the different scale of the agro-industries facilities, different processes and practices in each country -and even in each region-, and different end products obtained in each agro-industry. This heterogeneity has complicated some tasks of the project, but on the other hand, these differences in the analysed facilities have enriched the scenario and increased the number of inefficiencies and wrong practices identified as well as providing ideas and improvement measures to be proposed to agro-food companies. Once the first energy audits were executed, improvement measures were proposed, and some of these were finally implemented thanks to the collaboration with the Key Actors involved in the project, having visited the cooperatives. In total, around 680 improvement measures have been gathered by an in-depth search through technology providers, Key Actors of the project, and during brokerage events carried out up to now. At the end of the project, the contacts between cooperatives and Key Actors are ongoing, with further improvement measures to be implemented in the coming months.

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Agro-food Cooperatives of Spain
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Juan Sagarna
+3491 535 10 35


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16/03/2013 to 15/03/2016
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