How much energy can be saved through digitalisation of motor systems?

EMSA presents eight concrete cases of companies who used digital solutions to optimise their processes, thereby saving energy.

The case studies cover all major motor system applications, i.e. pump, ventilation and compressor systems.

During the collection and evaluation of the case studies, the following conclusions were made:

  1. Digitalisation is an enabler to create transparency in terms of when and how energy is being used. This is a crucial first step when it comes to the optimisation of motor systems’ operation.
  2. The potential savings vary greatly. In general, savings depend largely on the following factors:
    1. Is the information that is provided through the digital solution used to implement optimisation measures? Does this necessitate human intervention and is this intervention being followed through?
    2. What is the starting point, i.e. is the motor system already optimised to some level (e.g. use of a Variable Speed Drive)? Typically, higher savings can be achieved if the motor system is not optimised at the outset. In the case studies presented, the highest savings were achieved by simply using as much energy as is really needed.
  3. Energy savings are not always the primary driver but rather a side-effect of the optimisation. Non-energy benefits play a more decisive role (e.g. avoiding downtime, decreasing maintenance cost, increasing production efficiency, extending the lifetime of equipment).

Source: INNIO Jenbacher, Austria