- ABB AbilityTM Digital propulsion energy assessments will unlock insights from operational data to achieve energy efficiency gains from motor-powered systems
- Digital data collected from engine fleets will allow the industry to identify and prioritize energy savings to minimize CO2 emissions and energy costs
A new digital service from ABB will allow industrial operators to maximize energy efficiency and increase sustainability by identifying motor-driven equipment in their facilities with the best potential for energy savings. ABB Ability Digital Powertrain’s energy assessment service will use data measured from fleets of digitally connected electric motors and variable speed drives (VSDs) to show where and how much energy can be saved by upgrading to the latest high-performance technologies . Industrial operators can then make data-based decisions when prioritizing investments.
Upgrading to energy efficient technology is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to reduce energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions. The world’s 300 million motor-powered industrial systems have the potential to reduce global electricity demand by up to 10 percent by switching to high-efficiency systems.
“The challenge for the industrial operator is to know where to start in the fleet of hundreds of electric motors,” said Adrian Gugisberg, president of ABB Motion Services. ABB has developed a new energy power assessment service for digital powertrain to provide clarity by analyzing engine data and identifying where businesses need to focus investment to maximize energy efficiency, which reduces operating costs and CO2 emissions. “
One operator that benefits is Waggeryd Cell, a pulp mill in southern Sweden with industry-leading energy efficiency. It wanted to further improve the efficiency of its energy-intensive process by upgrading its ABB condition monitoring system. It draws data from digitally connected motors in refineries, process pumps, fans and conveyor belts. As part of the new Digital Powertrain Energy Appraisal service, ABB experts used data from the same sources to identify the ten engines with the greatest potential for improving energy efficiency. Waggeryd has already given priority to replacing six of these engines to reduce energy consumption as well as greenhouse gas emissions.
Traditionally, energy efficiency assessment requires time-consuming manual data collection and evaluation and covers only the largest motor-driven systems on site, as they are usually considered to have the greatest potential for energy savings. However, this may neglect significant energy saving opportunities for electric propulsion systems that are smaller, less accessible or where the potential for energy savings is not obvious.
The new digital assessment service uses a plug and play approach to simplify energy efficiency assessments by extracting operational data remotely from an entire fleet of digitally connected engines. This provides a much deeper insight into the business rationale and benefits of the carbon footprint from upgrading to high-performance motor-driven systems, while being much safer and faster.