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Energy Performance Contracting in Swedish scenario: a case study with Morastrand AB
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Energy Technology.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Renovation of the existing buildings in Sweden represents a great potential to achieve the

energy efficiency and carbon emission targets set by the European Union and the Swedish

government. The Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) is regarded as an efficient way

to manage and to outsource the risks of energy efficiency (EE) measures.

The thesis aims to identify the theoretical framework of EPC in the Swedish scenario and,

through a real case, develop a model that relates EE measures and its results considering

the capital investment versus running costs of renovation projects.

The work is based on the incorporation with the Morastrand AB. The research expects to

assess EPC processes and measures as in Energy Service Companies (ESCO) and

consequently help in the decision making and the management of the projects.

The thesis is composed of two parts. The first part identifies the theoretical framework of

energy contract models focusing on the EPC, while a case study with Morastrand AB is

subsequently presented. It is suggested one approach for the preliminary comparison of

different renovation measures in EE projects, corresponding to the first step of the

planning phase of an EPC.

General recommendations and sensitive factors were identified and can assist Morastrand

AB to effectively implement EE projects in the future. For orienting investments, the

Lifecycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) is a method to study solutions under economic aspects

and further it can be extended to the complete Lifecycle Assessment of the upcoming

projects.

The theoretical framework of the EPC is composed by identifying the projects, performing

the technical analysis, determinizing the potential in energy savings, deepening the

analysis with auditions, tendering the project, designing and executing the project,

commissioning, operating and supporting the systems with constant monitoring and

maintenance.

The biggest challenge for the EPC in Sweden is the relation between the ESCOs and their

clients. The figure of the facilitator could improve the results and balance the knowledge

gap between the parts.

The actors of these projects are the ESCO, the client, the facilitator and the financing part.

In Sweden, very frequently the client finances the operation. There are a few models of

contracting, and the most popular are guaranteed savings and shared savings.

The thesis performed the LCCA of three options for window replacement in a building at

the end of its lifespan. The results show that the trends in prices and interest rates are

sensitive factors. In this case, the projects with higher initial investments were more

profitable. Those solutions can shield the company against energy prices escalates and

contribute to the green policies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018.
Keywords [en]
Energy performance contracting, EPC, energy efficiency, energy efficiency business models, public housing renovation in Sweden, lifecycle cost analysis, energy service companies, Million homes Programme, EPC framework.
National Category
Energy Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-28667OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-28667DiVA, id: diva2:1254144
Available from: 2018-10-08 Created: 2018-10-08

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