7 December, 2021
Industry looks to drives to reduce energy consumption cut costs
Interest in energy-efficient technologies at
all-time high in region
Low and medium voltage drives reduce energy
usage by 30%-50%
Range of industries benefit from ease of use, cost-effectiveness
need to reduce energy use and CO2 emissions, while cutting operational costs,
is seeing ‘unprecedented levels' of interest in energy-efficient technologies -
including low and medium voltage drives - across sub-Saharan Africa, says power
and automation technology group ABB.
Drives have a
significant potential for energy-saving across a range of industries, including
power, water and wastewater, cement, mining, metals and pulp and paper. By
controlling the speed and torque of motors, drives can reduce energy usage by
between 30%-50%, thereby significantly improving industrial energy
efficiency. Drives are used to adapt the motor speed to the actual need,
which optimises energy consumption and lowers environmental impact.
ABB Product Marketing
Manager Sean McCree said while financial decision-makers were generally
attracted by the potential of drives to save costs and reduce energy
consumption, electrical engineers were realising major benefits through greater
network reliability, reduction of maintenance and greater mechanical equipment
growing demand for energy-efficient products in the sub-Saharan market that
takes into account the region's specific requirements, from the voltage level
to protection design, to ensure that drives can work optimally in a variety of
complex, harsh working environments. At the same time, clients are looking for
products that are easy to operate and maintain," said McCree.
relaunched its ACS580MV drive in the local market, offering higher efficiency,
cost-effectiveness, and ease of implementation to the industrial sector, with
applications specifically for pumps and fans. Built-in energy calculators,
including used and saved kWh, CO2 reduction and money saved, help users monitor
and fine-tune their processes to ensure optimal energy use.
is also fully compatible with the company's ABB Ability condition
monitoring services, which allow customers to obtain real-time data about the
status and performance of the monitored equipment from any location. The drive
is supplied "Ready to connect" to the ABB Ability condition monitoring
services, which simplifies on-demand remote support.
launch of the 3.3kV voltage range, we have seen a significant growth in local
order intake from both existing and new customers. This is a clear indication
that the market has realized the product is well positioned to offer a value
proposition backed by a very well established local service team", says McCree.