"Company executives estimate that the solution will reduce energy costs by improving overall process efficiency by as much as 10%"

Despite the high profile, one point that often evades the spotlight is the amount of energy actually required to produce the world's electricity supplies. Today's economy, energy efficiency - or, more accurately, the lack of it - is a strongly debated topic that incites passions in companies and consumers alike. Those who generate the power, however, are acutely aware of the requirements. They know that to preserve the quality and to control costs and value of their product, the processes for generating and distributing energy must be as efficient and streamlines as possible.

To improve the profitability of its operation and efficiency, one major European electricity provider deployed a solutions centered on Eurotherm's proven EPower controller technology.

Action Efficiency

The EPower controller was installed on a heat treatment furnace at the client's site. In this application, EPower manages the heating elements and regulates power input across the combustion process, combining improved data accuracy with real-time networking and load analysis and communications.

The EPower controller sends live network data and furnace-load directly to the control room, enabling operators to modify their process strategy immediately in accordance with the incoming data feed. Changes made to the control type, load configuration and firing mode all facilitate improved process efficiency.

Increased Efficiency and Safety with Lower costs

Through sophisticated shedding techniques and sharing, EPower's Predictive Load Management (PLM) capability enabled this provider to reduce facility-wide energy costs by providing more efficient distribution across a variety conditions and loads by preventing overshoot of nominal power. EPower enables them to stay within their contract limits.

The customer is additionally avoiding tariffs that could be assessed if stringent government emissions tolerance requirement are not met consistently. The solutions enables accurate record-keeping that provides proof of the provider's compliance. Without these reports, the operation would be in danger of being shut down.

EPower's ability accurately predict continually and, to monitor and adjust to demand is creating more efficient energy production for the customer. Company executives estimate that the solutions will reduce energy costs by improving overall process efficiency by as much as 10%. Because no electrical parts were ever exposed, the configuration also offered a secondary safety benefit, especially to untrained personnel.