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17.9.2015 08:00

Eemods’15 Conference: Energy Efficiency is the Weapon for Fighting the Climate Change

Eemods´15 provided a forum to discuss and debate the latest developments in the impacts of electrical motor systems on energy and the environment. This is more acute than ever before. About 60% of electricity consumption in industrial sectors is caused by motors and motor driven systems like pumps and fans. Therefore their significance is vital for cutting CO2-emissions caused by energy production.

With energy efficient investments improving the motors and motor driven systems it will be possible to reduce the consumption of electricity typically 20-30% but in some cases even up to 60-70%.

Let’s Make a Difference

The conference’s opening session was chaired by Dr Paolo Bertoldi from European Commission JRC. He found it interesting to ponder why the most energy efficient technologies are not yet installed in the industrial plants today.

“These technologies make a lot of ecological sense and help the environment, but still there are lots of barriers and difficulties to their adaptation. It is most interesting to find solutions to remove these barriers, so that these wonderful technologies could be brought to the market to save energy,” he says.

Dr. Bertoldi believes it is still possible to fight the global warming so that the average rise will stay under the critical level of two degrees.

“It is challenging but possible, and the energy efficiency is one of the solutions, actually it is the cheapest and quickest solution. However, everything depends on the decisions of individuals, families, businesses and public authorities. Everybody has a role to play. The energy saving potential is not easy to achieve this way, but we will manage it in order to restrict the climate change and global warming.”

Dr. Bertoldi is quite satisfied with European efforts so far, but wants to still point out that we can do much more.

“I am a strong believer in energy efficiency, so I wish to say to everybody, please use energy very wisely thinking about all the consequences of your actions. By working hard and together we can make a difference.”

Profitable business with many common benefits

One of the organizers of the conference ABB has strong roots in Finnish soil – ABB has built motors in Helsinki more than 100 years and drives about 40 years.

“ABB promotes the latest development like IE5 DOL SynRM motor and integrated pump-motor concept. At the same time we need to listen to our customers when both products and standards get more integrated. Many of the participants of the conference work actively with the new standards – this is the arena where you can hear the latest developments and next steps,” says Jukka Tolvanen, Program Manager in BU Drives at ABB.

Energy efficiency is a very profitable business for both manufacturers and especially for the end users. Today it is quite common to compare profitability of the investments. ABB provides tools to calculate energy savings when using variable speed drives.

“In practice we can achieve 30-40% energy saving easily with pump and fan applications compared to other control methods. Sometimes savings can be higher than 50% – the highest I have seen was 80%,” Tolvanen stresses.

The international eemods'15 Conference on Energy Efficiency in Motor Driven Systems was held on 15th-17th September in Helsinki, at Sokos Hotel President. Eemods stands for Energy Efficiency of Motor Driven Systems. Participants were in general professionals involved in industry, marketing, and promotion of energy efficient motors and motor driven systems, policy making and research. Segments represented come from industry, academia, research, and public policy. There were delegates from over 20 countries on five continents.

The eemods’15 conference was organised by Motiva Services Ltd, ABB Ltd and the European Joint Research Center, in collaboration with CLICK Innovation Oy, Lappeenranta University of Technology and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

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