ABB’s new digital assessment service reveals industrial energy saving opportunities using the power of data

FT. SMITH, Arkansas – May 19, 2022 – A new digital service from ABB, a global technology leader, enables industrial operators to maximize energy efficiency and boost sustainability by identifying the motorized equipment in their facilities with the greatest potential energy saving. The ABB Ability™ Powertrain Digital Energy RatingI The service relies on measured data from fleets of digitally connected electric motors and Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) to show where and how much energy can be saved by switching to the latest high-efficiency technologies. Industrial operators can then make data-driven decisions when prioritizing investments.

Upgrading to energy-efficient technology is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to reduce energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions. Of the 300 million motor-powered industrial systems in the world, it is possible to reduce global electricity demand by up to 10% by switching to high-efficiency systems.

“The challenge for an industrial operator is knowing where to start in a fleet of hundreds of electric motors,” said Adrian Guggisberg, division president of ABB Motion Services. “ABB has developed the new Digital Powertrain Energy Appraisal service to provide clarity by analyzing motor data and identifying where companies should focus their investments to maximize energy efficiency gains that reduce operating costs and emissions. of CO2.

One of the operators reaping the benefits is Waggeryd Cell, a pulp mill in southern Sweden with industry-leading energy efficiency. To further improve the efficiency of its energy-intensive process, Waggeryd is building its ABB Ability™ condition monitoring system. This extracts data from digitally connected motors in refiners, 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 motors with the greatest potential for improving energy efficiency. Waggeryd has now prioritized replacing six of these engines to reduce energy consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions.

Traditionally, an energy efficiency assessment requires manual time-consuming data collection and evaluation and only covers the largest motorized systems on a site, as these are generally considered to have the greatest potential for saving energy. energy. However, this could overlook important energy saving opportunities for electric powertrains that are smaller, less accessible, or whose energy saving potential is not obvious.

Posted: May 19, 2022

Source: ABB