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How Variable Speed Drives help towards Net Zero

As our world accelerates towards a more sustainable future, the significance of variable speed drives (VSDs) in our journey to net zero cannot be overstated. Currently, electric motors are the powerhouse behind over 45% of global electricity consumption. By 2040, their numbers are projected to double, placing energy efficiency at the forefront of the global agenda. Contents: The Net Zero Challenge The Role of Energy Efficiency Industry’s Inefficiency The Efficiency of VSDs: Harnessing Technology for…

An Archimedean Screw Saves 8.2% Energy

Severn Trent Water are saving 14 tonnes of CO2 per annum by applying an inverter to an Archimedean Screw. Blaise Ford from IDS worked with Bill Edwards and Lee Tuckwell from Severn Trent Water, to apply inverter technology to an Archimedean Screw. At the Severn Trent Water Netheridge site there are three Archimedes screws, Duty/Assist/Stand-by, 110kW, star delta starting with two 20 year old motors and a recently installed IE3 motor on screw Pump No1….

The Benefits of Running a Motor Slower for Longer

In an age where energy efficiency and cost reduction are paramount, businesses are increasingly seeking innovative ways to curtail energy consumption. A significant yet often overlooked strategy is the adoption of variable speed drives (VSDs) in motor operations. This article delves into the benefits of running a motor slower for longer, with the help of Variable Speed Drives. Reduced Energy Consumption Operating motors at slower speeds for longer periods is a straightforward yet effective method…

Backing Up An ABB Variable Speed Drive

Like all tasks, the process of backing up an ABB Variable Speed Drive is a straightforward process, when you know how. In this video, IDS General Manager, Matt Handley, talks us through how to back up an ABB drive. In case you can’t listen to the video, or you prefer to follow a written guide, we have transcribed the video contents below: Backing Up An ABB Variable Speed Drive Using our demo rig, IDS General…

ABB Energy Optimiser

Variable speed drives are synonymous with energy saving (click here if you need a reminder how drives save energy), but did you know there is an additional function within ABB Drives that will give you energy savings without reducing power? Watch this video from IDS’ Blaise Ford to find out how to activate the ABB Energy Optimiser (also known as Flux Optimisation) and how much energy this function saves, all without a drop in power!…

ABB Ultra Low Harmonic Variable Speed Drives

Understanding Harmonics To appreciate the full benefits of ABB’s Ultra Low Harmonic drives, it’s necessary first to understand the concept of harmonics. Essentially, harmonics are unwanted currents that flow within a power system, caused by non-linear electrical loads. Non-linear loads, such as variable speed drives, switch power on and off abruptly to control the output. This action can cause a distortion of the electrical waveform, resulting in harmonics. Harmonics have the potential to impact negatively…

ABB ACS180 The All New Entry Level Variable Speed Drive

The much-anticipated ABB ACS180 is now widely available including, as you would expect, here at IDS. In this article we take a look at the last member of the ACS general purpose drives and review what it does really well, the applications where it stands out, and the range of its capabilities. The performance you expect, in a compact design! If you are seeking an easy to use, cost effective variable speed drive that doesn’t…

Tips to Save Energy with Variable Speed Drives

In today’s energy-conscious world, industry is increasingly focused on finding ways to reduce energy consumption, lower costs, and improve energy efficiency. One often overlooked solution is the use of variable speed drives (drives). In this article, we will explore how these versatile devices can help a variety of UK, public and private facilities save energy, reduce costs, and protect the environment. A variable speed drive is an electronic device that controls the speed, direction and…

Are you Using Variable Speed Drives as Efficiently as Possible?

By now it’s fair to say that people are aware that energy reduction is becoming more of a hot topic than ever. At the time of writing this article, May 2023, people are paying upwards of 31p per kWh. Some Statistics We all love a good statistic and one that I feel is worth noting is that in Industry, 66% of the energy used is consumed by the humble electric motor. I have seen other…

Is Pumping Dirty Costing You Money?

In this article, George Dodwell, ABB Water Framework Manager – South highlights how pumping dirty can be costing you money: Did you know? Your pump isn’t running at its peak efficiency unless it’s clean! It is becoming more and more common within the water industry today to run pumps on variable speed drives for efficiency reasons, ABB variable speed drives can also help to keep your pump clean. Here is a very good example of…

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