Rising energy costs: the storm does not stop

  • 25 January 2022

2021 was a year characterized by extraordinarily high energy prices (as you can see from the data published by Iea – International Energy Agency) and numerous studies show that this trend will be confirmed for 2022.

The root causes are the same: skyrocketing commodity prices and the costs of CO2 emissions paid by energy companies and energy-intensive industries, a vicious circle which at the moment shows no signs of trend reversal, despite Governments’ effort to control prices.

At this juncture, it becomes increasingly important and strategic to quickly plan investments to reduce the consumption and the running costs of your electrical system.

Our Power Quality solutions, especially our Icar branded Power Factor Correction Systems and our Enersolve branded Energy Efficiency Smart Devices, guarantee immediate savings.

Ortea is your partner to guide you through the right choice (www.next.ortea.com).

Online FAT (Factory Acceptance Test)

  • 18 January 2022

Ortea SpA has adopted a certified corporate Quality System, which, inter alia, envisages that all equipment produced is subjected to extensive testing.

In certain cases, especially for large solutions, the customer requests to carry out the tests with the presence of a technician. This procedure is universally known as FAT (Factory Acceptance Test).

Ortea SpA exports its solutions all over the world, and in this pandemic period when travel can be a problem, it has become necessary to find a solution to perform such testing. Thanks to modern technology, FATs can be performed online, using video cameras and simple teleconferencing software.

In this case, the machine to be tested was a voltage stabiliser for an end customer located in a sub-Saharan African country. We cannot help but dedicate a few lines to this extra-large solution: a Sirius 2000kVA digital voltage stabiliser with ±35% output regulation, complete with total protection kit, weighing 11100kg and measuring 7000x1600x2000mm, made in two separable splits to facilitate shipment and placement in the destination premises.

Thanks to the videoconference connection and to the portable video camera, the customer was able to follow all the tests foreseen (lasting approx. 5 hours) step by step and, at the end, sign its acceptance directly by sharing the documentation produced.

Enlit 2021: positive assessment

  • 11 January 2022

Enlit Europe, the new brand that combines European Utility Week & Powergen Europe, is a trade fair that aims to be a guide to the energy transition. This evolution is shaped by established players, external innovators, innovative start-ups and also end users. Enlit Europe aims to bring all of these communities together in order to seize current opportunities, highlight those of the future and inspire the next generation.

Ortea SpA could not be missing and, after the three days of participation in Enlit 2021, it is now time to take stock.

The companies that participated, undoubtedly of excellent standing, were for the most part related to the Ortea context from various points of view, including:

  • Internationalism
  • Energy transition
  • Customer portfolio
  • Indirect technical issues

Our sales team reports excellent ideas for possible applications of our Power Quality solutions in new market segments and numerous contacts with both potential customers and potential suppliers of innovative technologies.

Despite a participation “on tiptoes”, the assessment of these three days of the trade fair is therefore positive.

A separate chapter concerns the positive feelings reported by the entire Ortea Spa Sales Team which, after almost two years of the pandemic, only participation in a trade fair “in person” can arouse.

It’s not the destination that matters, it’s the journey

  • 21 December 2021

The Ortea staff wishes everyone to enjoy every day of this adventure called “life”.

May the new year be special, amazing and happy!

Corporate culture: we believe in it

  • 14 December 2021

We can define the culture of a company as the set of values that characterise the identity of a firm. When we talk about values, we refer to the company mission and vision, to the management of the team, and to all those aspects that define the approach of the company, both within and outside of the organisation.

By referring to these concepts, we can say that:

  • For “company vision” we mean the set of long-term goals that the Top Management wishes to define for its company.
  • For “company mission” we mean, instead, its purpose, the why of its existence.
  • The management of the team includes all those practices for coordinating and listening to employees, their needs, and the protection of workplaces.

The corporate culture is important both for employees and for the company heads. In the first case, the workers are more likely to enjoy their time in the workplace when they adapt to the corporate culture. At the same time, the corporate culture is also important for employers, so that the workers who adapt to this won’t just be happier, but also more productive. When an employee is in harmony with the corporate culture, it’s likely that they will wish to work for the company for longer. This entails a big advantage in terms of productivity and retention on the part of business owners, who can count on a motivated team that wishes to bring value to the organisation.

With this in mind, Ortea has launched the Work Groups Project. To summarise, this is a project in which work groups are formed, which are not homogeneous, within the corporate organisation with the task of proposing projects for improvements focused on two macro-areas:

  1. Qualitative theme: the mission, the vision, and the company values. The purpose of this theme is to obtain a “payoff” to be used as a corporate manifesto.
  2. Measurable theme: which are the areas of potential the company has not yet realised? How can we improve them? The purpose of this theme is to suggest improvements in relation to optimising the production process, perfecting the organisational process, and improvements to equipment and related production activities.

The project is divided into three phases:

  • Phase 1: Implementation and definition of the roles of the work groups’ members, collection/processing and presentation of the proposals.
  • Phase 2: Development of the project/proposal.
  • Phase 3: Final presentation.

Currently, we have completed Phase 1. Shortly, the winning project will be voted on; each group will assign their preference to one of the works of the other groups and the project that obtains the most preferences will pass to Phase 2. We’ll see what happens!

A special thanks to the Paolo Cazzaniga Employment Consultancy Studio for its priceless and effective collaboration in implementing and coordinating this project, in particular to Paola Cazzaniga and Luca Riboldi.

Ortea SpA: just to say thanks

  • 7 December 2021

October is also in line with the excellent quarter just closed for Ortea SpA. The main KPIs, such as turnover, orders, net financial position, and EBITDA are all positive and improving compared to previous years.

We expect to close 2021 with the current positive trend and a 2022 with even more promising results, spurred by a global economic recovery and by a market, like the Power Quality one, which is always growing.

The company has coped with the pandemic without particular repercussions, demonstrating that it has a market, a professional production capacity of high standing, which can withstand extraordinary events of a historical significance.

Partnership projects on an international scale are under way to strengthen the technological and commercial offering, ensuring our customers a range of innovative and tailor-made solutions.

This gives us hope for a profitable future that will benefit stakeholders and the families of Ortea employees.

In conclusion, just to say:

  • Thanks to our commercial and financial partners who have glowing confidence in our company and in the sector in which we operate.
  • Thanks to all of Ortea’s collaborators who, every day, make it possible to achieve our success with professionalism, continuous commitment, and a commendable sense of corporate belonging.

Massimiliano Scarpellini – Ortea SpA CEO

The 2022 Ortea desk calendar: Think Green

  • 30 November 2021

The traditional 2022 Ortea desk calendar, which is being distributed to our partners, is dedicated to sustainable development and, as a result, environmental sustainability.

Ortea SpA is sensitive to this issue. Not only does it produce Power Quality solutions, which contribute to reducing energy consumption, and certify the company quality system, which also comprises the ISO 14001 standard (suitable management system for keeping the environmental impact of operations under control and systematically researches improvements thereto in a consistent, effective, and, above all, sustainable way), but Ortea also has scheduled structural works in the pipeline. These works include adopting an energy co-production system with the use of solar panels and “full-electric” vehicles for the company fleet.

And we can’t forget the continuous commitment of our team of engineers dedicated to developing new technologies that may effectively contribute to energy efficiency and, therefore, to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the atmosphere.

The calendar is intended to be a small tool to contribute to reflection, having the 17 Sustainable Development Goals defined by the UN in the 2030 Agenda as its central theme.

  1. End poverty in all its forms

Today, there are still many people living on less than 1.25 dollars a day; it’s unjust in terms of the dignity of any human being and could come to an end with cooperation between countries and the implementation of social systems and measures to protect everyone.

  1. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Every one of us has the right to enough food throughout the year. This is a basic concept, but one that is still neglected. In any case, it could be sustained, for example, with sustainable food cultivation and production systems and by preserving the ecosystem and diversity of seeds and plants to cultivate.

  1. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

An essential goal is reducing the global rate of maternal mortality and preventing the death of new-borns and children below 5 years old due to preventable causes.  How? For example, by ensuring healthcare for everyone and supporting the research and development of vaccines and medicines for diseases, whether contagious or not.

  1. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Education can truly guarantee all young people a better future. One step forward would be to ensure that everyone, men and women, can read and write, eliminating all forms of gender discrimination and promoting equal access to all levels of education accompanied by high-quality teaching.

  1. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Still today, women and girls are the target of discrimination. Rooting up any form of violence against women in the private and public spheres, such as their sexual exploitation, is essential.

  1. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Water is the source of life and it is essential that this is accessible to everyone: a statement urging us to ensure universal access to clean, drinkable water by 2030 and suitably hygienic conditions, with special attention to more vulnerable people.

  1. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Today, energy systems are fundamental to everyone’s daily life. As a result, an important step is that of making them accessible to everyone.

  1. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Work gives us the possibility to live our lives in dignity. Supporting economic growth and attaining high levels of productivity can help our survival.

  1. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Both infrastructure and industry are important for supporting all economic development and our well-being; they become sustainable and trustworthy with technological development and research.

  1. Reduce inequality within and among countries

Every country should have equal opportunities and rights at an economic and global level: because of this, it is essential that growth in domestic revenue is achieved and sustained. To move in this direction, it is urgent that, by 2030, tax, salary, and protection policies are promoted that gradually ensure greater equality among the population.

  1. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

The environment that surrounds us can dramatically influence our habits and lifestyles. Because of this, an improvement in terms of the sustainability of our living spaces by 2030 is a goal that cannot be neglected.

  1. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Our planet needs to be respected and protected. In this regard, by 2030, it is important to reduce waste and chemical substances released, especially by large, multi-national companies, using sustainable policies that are characterised by product recycling.

  1. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Climate change is the order of the day and stands out in everyone’s eyes. It’s a situation that can no longer be ignored and must be confronted by 2030, with global, sustainable policies and strategies so as to curb environmental risks and current natural disasters.

  1. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

The conservation and sustainable use of our oceans, seas, and all those resources within them are important to our lives. Reducing marine pollution, along with a sustainable management of the ecosystem and protection of the underwater environment, are essential goals for protecting our health.

  1. Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Preserving our planet is a task that is entrusted to every one of us and, for this reason, it is essential that, by 2030, we pursue combined action for protecting, restabilising, and promoting the sustainable use of the earth’s ecosystem.

  1. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

A better future for each of us is possible, but only if there is a drastic reduction in violence and mortality. It’s a vision that seems a long way away today; however, it is feasible with the implementation of peaceful societies, access to justice for everyone, and the existence of responsible institutions by 2030.

  1. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

The implementation of the Agenda requires the heavy involvement of all members of society: from companies to the public sector, from civil society to philanthropic institutions, from universities and research centres to media and culture organisations.

All countries are called upon to contribute to the effort to guide the world onto a sustainable path, without distinguishing between developed, emerging, and developing countries any longer. This means that each country must commit to defining its own sustainable development strategy that enables the 2030 Agenda goals to be attained, accounting for the results obtained as part of a process coordinated by the UN.

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Enlit Europe 2021: we are there

  • 18 November 2021

Enlit Europe is the new brand in which the European Utility Week and POWERGEN Europe will merge. It will take place in Milan from November 30th to December 2nd, 2021 and it will bring together over 18,000 energy professionals: established players, external innovators, innovative start-ups and end users. Capturing current opportunities, highlighting future challenges and inspiring the next generation to join the energy transition journey.

Enlit aims to ignite the spark that will fuel the change we need to give our industry and our planet the brightest possible future.

A series of energy events unlike any other, more than just energy events. Enlit is a community that works together 365 days a year, innovating to solve the most pressing energy issues.

The European edition will feature several online meetings and a three-day event in Milan from November 30th to December 2nd, 2021, where participants will meet and inspire each other and develop discussions and actions to make progress in the energy transition.

We look forward to seeing you on our stand 8.F54 to show you our Power Quality and Energy Efficiency solutions.

https://www.enlit-europe.com/

Enersolve: the customer doubles

  • 12 October 2021

The manufacturing sector for bicycles and related components is an important one in Italy; it boasts a long tradition and very high level of quality, and has survived global competition. It is a jewel in the crown of Italian manufacturing.

Our customer, always attentive to the environment, is a producer of components for competition bikes, and already had a 1000kVA Enersolve solution operating in the company, which was installed in 2017. Being happy with its results, both in terms of making the electrical system more efficient and in terms of improving Power Quality, the customer decided to install a new 630kVA machine on a new production line.

The ENERSOLVE range is available in three models:

  • ESL-5 for the retail/small business market.
  • ESL-10 for environments where energy parameters fluctuate within the requirements of the ±10% reference standard.
  • ESL-20 for the most severe cases where fluctuations exceed the requirements of the reference standard.

The added value of the ENERSOLVE solutions is undoubtedly represented by the ENERCLOUD platform, which is essential for displaying and analysing energy parameters and a prerequisite for obtaining the benefits linked to Industry 4.0 plans. The on-board instruments make it possible to read and record the values of all the plant’s electrical parameters, hence processing energy-saving data in real time. The method used to process the energy-saving data is based on the principles of the ESPRO protocol approved by ENEA (National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Economic Development) after 3 years of joint studies.

The ESPRO protocol enables dynamic savings measurement: it is not based on measurements before and after the implementation of the energy efficiency implementation but rather enables continuous savings measurement.

Skyrocketing energy bills? Not for everyone…

  • 16 September 2021

The italian Minister for Ecological Transition, Dr. Cingolani, stated that “the electricity bill increased by 20% during the last quarter, we are expecting a further 40% increase for the next quarter.”

The cause can be summarized in the increase of raw material prices and CO2 emission costs paid by energy companies and energy-intensive companies. This is happening not only in Italy, the scenario is the same all over the world.

Our Power Quality solutions, in particular Power Factor Correction Systems and Energy Efficiency Smart Devices guarantee immediate savings.

Ortea is at your disposal to guide you in the right choice.