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Tuesday, 08 October 2013 14:52

EnTF announces top SAEE students for 2012

EnTF announces the three top students, recognised by the Southern African Association for Energy-Efficiency (SAEE), who received the highest marks for their examinations during the 2012 year.

Having trained almost 400 persons of which 260 wrote international US-based Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Certification examinations,  the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) has announced the three top students, recognised by the Southern African Association for Energy-Efficiency (SAEE), who received the highest marks for their examinations during the 2012 year. Andries Steenkamp, certified energy manager (CEM) at Worley Parsons, Jaco Perold, certified measurement and verification professional (CMVP) at Powertech System Integrators, and André de Klerk, certified energy auditor (CEA) at Eskom were the three recipients.

Having been actively involved in the energy saving and demand-side management (DSM) industry since 2003, Jaco Perold, top CMVP student for 2012, from Powertech System Integrators, previously Powertech IST, says: “I have noticed a major shift in the complexity of the measurement and verification (M&V) process and the managing thereof. Situations where follow-up or second phase projects are initiated on sites are becoming more common nowadays. As such, two sets of M&V calculations must be performed with the same data and innovative ways have to be sought to quantify the savings of the second project without the influence of the first.”

After completing the course, Jaco said: “A thorough understanding of the M&V fundamentals, such as the knowledge gained in completing the CMVP course, is in my opinion vital to ensure a credible M&V outcome.”

Andries Steenkamp from Worley Parsons in Cape Town, the SAEE 2012 top CEM student, reiterated this as he commented after the training: “The CEM training has emphasised to me how system efficiencies as a whole need to be addressed. Even the most efficient system could be made irrelevant should a system not be operating at its intended design and duty points. Therefore, by making small process adjustments in the right area, substantial operational savings could be realised. Installing newer, better and more efficient technology is therefore not always the most effective step to take.”

André de Klerk, a senior adviser at Eskom for DSM and IDM regional project manager, has completed both CEA and CEM training programmes and achieved certification status in both qualifications. For 2012, André achieved the highest score in the CEA examination.

André says: “CEA certification allows one to confidently progress to a higher level of sharing knowledge and expertise in the energy-efficiency environment. It advances the audit findings as credible and is acknowledged by decisions-makers as the final stop for deciding on energy-efficiency investments due to CEA certification and accreditation to the AEE being well-respected in the country.”

For 2013 the EnTF has already hosted ten training courses, including on-site training in South and Southern Africa, and also specialises in client-customised courses. For course dates and venues for the rest of 2013, please visit the website.

 

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