Industrial heat recovery turned into district heating saves 240 GWh annually

Heat recovery made possible by Alfa Laval plate heat exchangers About 65 MW of heat is generated in sulphur-burning acid plants with a daily capacity of 1,000 tons. Around two-thirds of the heat originate from the sulfur burner and the converter. Most acid producers know how to recover this heat for production of high-pressure steam. […]

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Real-time digital water management ensures clean drinking water in Indian district  

The Karnataka government needed a way to effectively monitor water flow and minimize leaks across a hugely dispersed network that includes 620 overhead tanks and 16 reservoirs. L&T Construction Water & Effluent Treatment IC, the lead contractor for the digital water management project, selected ABB AquaMaster 4 flowmeters and ABB Ability supervisory control and data […]

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Artificial intelligence and machine learning to cut energy use by 10 percent for global data center provider

Decision makers at STT GDC are considering a range of options to achieve this important goal, including alternative energy sources, optimizing water use, new construction technologies, and innovative cooling solutions. One step that the organization is already taking is applying artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to identify opportunities for energy optimization in its […]

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Energy-efficient desalination: Improving energy efficiency by 40 percent in a Singaporean desalination plant

A key piece of this strategy came online in 2021: the Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant (KMEDP), a dual-mode plant that processes seawater and reservoir water into clean drinking water. This plant alone provides 30 million gallons of water every day, serving seven percent of Singapore’s demand.   Desalination will play an increasing role in Singapore’s […]

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Emissions monitoring system brings Vietnamese mill closer to sustainable steel production 

Fortunately, many in Vietnam’s steel industry are taking steps to reduce emissions. The Hoa Phat Hai Duong Complex, founded in 2007, produces 850,000 tons of steel each year. Its modern synchro production line is the largest in the country. To lower the plant’s emissions and work toward sustainable steel production, the operator – Hoa Phat […]

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Shore to ship power connection cuts emissions in the Port of Toulon

The Port of Toulon is governed by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (Région Sud PACA), which aims to reduce emissions with a plan for “zero-smoke stopovers” by providing electricity to ships in port. Shore to ship power connections allow ships to turn off diesel generators during port calls. This effort will also involve electrifying ports in Marseille and […]

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ABB joins forces with Perenti to reduce emissions in the mining industry

Australia-based Perenti has significant mining expertise and technical capability, which complements ABB’s technology expertise. Together, the teams plan to explore business models and solutions to provide wider services for pilot, brownfield and greenfield mining customer projects to support the electrification of operations. ABB has been calling for open collaboration within the mining industry and has […]

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Integrated power and process control based on System 800xA at Vale mines

Global mining company aiming at higher profitability Improving energy efficiency is a key aspect for mining and minerals plant management, especially due to increasing electricity costs. Vale, a global mining company, improves the production-energy balance by integrating production and electrical environments to achieve the following benefits: The availability of quality system data necessary to day-to-day […]

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Saving Energy for Wastewater Companies

Archimedean Screws These are often found on the inlet or used for returning the RAS to the inlet. They are often large powers and expensive to repair. Inverters can offer: You can read a case study about inverter technology on Archimedean Screws here. Aeration Sewage works often need aeration whether it be from surface aerators or […]

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Real-time data improves efficiency for sustainable chemical production

The site’s switchgear was becoming crowded, making it difficult to add new equipment to the system. Some of the existing equipment was over fifty years old, well beyond its estimated service life. This additional complexity made servicing a challenging process. Decision makers agreed that the facility was overdue for an upgrade.   ABB experts conducted an […]

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Formula E a gamechanger for sustainability in transport and logistics 

The partnership between ABB and its official founding and logistics partner, DHL, offers mutual benefits beyond the two companies, extending to their respective customers. Partners of each business, such as Formula E, benefit from ABB’s energy-efficient technologies, data-driven insights, and service expertise integrated into DHL’s value chain through digitally connected devices.   Simultaneously, this strategic alliance […]

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Energy Saving for Quarries

Energy Saving for Quarries For many organisations, energy is one of the top 3 costs! The energy saving potential of variable speed drives is well documented, but how do you really know what can be saved on each application (we achieve particularly good energy saving results when applying variable speed drives to pumps and fans)? […]

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Saving Energy For Plastics Companies

Energy Saving For many organisations, energy is one of the top 3 production costs. The energy saving potential of variable speed drives is well documented, but how do you really know what can be saved on each application (we achieve particularly good energy saving results when applying variable speed drives to pumps and fans)? The […]

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Nasta eliminates 48 tons of annual CO2 emissions through electrification of construction equipment 

Nasta’s electrification of construction equipment started in 2019 when it won the contract to provide emission-free construction machines for a roadbuilding project in central Oslo. After completing the project, the company entered into talks with ABB, subsequently appointing them to supply all powertrain components along with knowledge-sharing on energy efficiency, sustainable construction equipment, and emission-free […]

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An electrical future for transportation

When it comes to transportation, the opportunities for improvement are obvious. Moving people, goods and raw materials accounts for almost 30% of worldwide carbon dioxide emissions. Moving away from fossil fuels and introducing electrical power is one way that we can help meet the sustainability targets that have been set. Together with industry partners, we […]

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5 things about e-mobility and heavy vehicles

Read the white paper Discover how electrical powertrains can transform the efficiency of industrial vehicles, transportation and marine vessels.Read the white paper 1. Transport is responsible for 30% of global emissions Vehicles which transport people, goods and raw materials account for over 25% of the world’s total energy consumption and they are responsible for almost […]

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Using a data-driven approach to find opportunities for efficiency at a sustainable pulp facility  

However, with so many motors, operators found it difficult to identify additional opportunities to improve efficiency. They needed a way to understand how electricity was really being used throughout the facility and find the motors and other equipment that were wasting power.   Waggeryd selected the ABB AbilityTM Condition Monitoring solution. This involved placing 156 smart […]

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A beacon of energy-efficient waste heat recovery

The Aurubis Group has taken this very approach to improving sustainability in one of their smelters. Partnering with the German energy supplier enercity Aktiengesellschaft, Aurubis has become the driving force behind a district heating network that serves Hamburg’s HafenCity neighbourhood. The energy for the network comes from waste heat that Aurubis recovers from their nearby […]

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AFV Beltrame leads the way toward energy-efficient steel

Operators undertook a 360-degree energy efficiency project, including optimizing various aspects of the steel plant’s operation through investment in new technologies. The project touched every aspect of the operation, from the furnaces to auxiliary systems such as compressed air, water, pumping and smoke extraction.  Beltrame deployed ABB motors and drives in critical processes to great […]

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IKEA boosts HVAC energy efficiency by 25 percent 

For IKEA, sustainability is a significant driver of innovation and growth, and one of the fundamental pillars of IKEA’s sustainability strategy is the reduction of its carbon footprint. The company’s goal is to reduce emissions by 80 percent by 2030.  HVAC systems often account for around 40 percent of commercial buildings’ energy consumption, so developing […]

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4 ways utilities can improve their energy efficiency in the urban water and wastewater cycle

Read the white paper Improving the efficiency of pumping systems can reduce energy use everywhere fresh water is needed.Read the white paper Here are 4 ways that utilities can save energy throughout their systems. 1. Energy optimizationVariable speed drives (VSDs), such as the ABB ACQ580 for water and wastewater, can include dynamic energy optimization controls […]

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Digital insights speed SCA toward energy savings of 50 gigawatt hours per year 

At SCA Munksund, Sweden – one of the company’s two kraftliner mills – 400,000 tons of packaging material are produced every year. The term “kraftliner” refers to paper or paperboard produced using the kraft process, which is massively energy intensive. This energy mostly goes into powering the mill’s electric motors – more than 2,400 of them.   […]

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Real Estate, Real Energy Savings

Overall, buildings are responsible for over 30% of global energy consumption. We need to reconsider how we design and operate buildings, and to choose more energy efficient designs and technologies for the future. Governments around the world are already legislating to direct things in a more sustainable direction and, for example, the European Union hopes […]

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Alfa Laval joins ABB’s energy efficiency movement at COP26 event

Commits to five percent energy efficiency improvement in operations by 2023 compared to 2020. Recognizing the critical role that energy efficiency can play to decarbonize industry, Alfa Laval has made this public commitment to improve its own processes, in production, service and products. It includes setting the target of improving energy efficiency – measured in […]

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Energy-efficient heat pumps set to enable Helsinki district heating to go carbon-neutral

In Finland, the heating of properties constitutes more than one quarter of the country’s total energy consumption. Therefore, making it as efficient as possible will be essential to meeting the ambitious Carbon Neutral Finland 2035 goal.   An increasingly popular approach involves combined heating and cooling (CHC). Oilon produces combined, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, such […]

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Keeping cool and saving energy

Within the industry, the refrigeration and cooling sector is responsible for ensuring that products are stored and transported at appropriate temperatures, helping prevent wastage. Refrigeration is required at all steps of production, from chilling and freezing in a factory to cold storage in a retail display. In a food plant, it can account for more […]

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3 ways to improve energy efficiency in food and beverage production

Because increasing energy efficiency offers important power and cost savings in the food and beverage industry, identifying areas where efficiency can be most improved is paramount. Read the white paper To meet sustainability targets we need to move to more energy efficient means of food and beverage production and reduce waste. The technology to do […]

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Metsä Board Husum mill’s high-efficiency motors save 83,000 kilowatt hours of power every year 

The plant needed to upgrade six older 30-kilowatt (kW) DC motors which were used to drive the filter drums in one of the bleachers. The motors operate almost constantly – approximately 8,600 hours per year – so any opportunity to improve their energy efficiency would result in significant emission and cost reductions.   Metsä Board selected […]

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Energy Efficient Manufacturing is Key to Indonesia’s Sustainable Growth

Great hope is now placed on the manufacturing sector to resuscitate Indonesia’s economy. The realization of new investment and provision of job opportunities in the sector are pivotal to driving post-pandemic recovery efforts in the consumer-driven economy. By the end of 2020, the manufacturing sector was the second largest energy user in Indonesia, behind the […]

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Driving energy efficiency

Speedy entertainment Since its first race in Beijing in 2014, ABB Formula E has served up speedy entertainment for fans around the world with 12 teams competing in the 2020-21 series. The “E” stands for electric, meaning that cars cannot use any other type of energy to power themselves. But while it is a lot […]

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A role Model for energy efficiency

A machine for making paper is a huge piece of equipment: almost 80 meters long, powered by dozens of electric motors, and in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Model Group operates two of these mighty machines at its main Swiss facility in Weinfelden. These machines generate paper for corrugated cardboard production, […]

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4 reasons to upgrade to modern motor systems

Cut energy costs now By implementing new technologies and industry best-practices, energy efficiency can be improved by up to 30%. Globally, electric motors account for almost 70% of electricity used in industrial applications. And 45% of the world’s electricity is used to power electric motors in buildings and industrial processes, including data centers, steel factories, […]

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Engineering a way out of a crisis

ABB Motion’s Sustainability Challenge 2021 put future engineers to the test The competition – open to Swedish University and College students – was themed ‘Developing the most sustainable solution for a better world’. Launched in April, the contest brief pointed out that ‘the energy that does not need to be consumed has the least environmental […]

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Improving transport efficiency

Transportation is an essential and integral part of our lives, and the world is seeking ways to reduce emissions and eliminate fossil-fuels. Therefore, we require cleaner, more sustainable and more energy efficient modes of transport.   Electric trains are one of the most efficient modes of transport available and even when trains are powered by fossil fuels, they are still […]

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Ultra-low harmonic drives save Australian council’s water facility 30 percent on energy costs

Drawing the significant amount of electricity required to power these pumps disrupts the local grid. Electrical disturbance includes dimming of the lights in nearby buildings any time the pumps start or stop. The council aimed to eliminate these disturbances and upgrade the pump motors to more efficient models, in line with Stage 1 of the […]

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Ultra-low harmonic and regenerative drives for increased efficiency and reliability of processes and systems

The most common continuous disturbances present in many networks are harmonics, and these can have a significant effect not only on power network efficiency, but also on reliability.  Harmonics are electromagnetic pollution on the power network Harmonics are electromagnetic pollution on the power network, and they result in current and voltage waveform distortion. This negatively […]

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On the right track with Energy Storage Systems

Globally, transport accounts for approximately one-fifth of carbon dioxide emissions. It is well-known that public transport is more environmentally friendly than private vehicles, but even trains and buses have opportunities for improved energy efficiency. For example, even if electric power is available for train operation, infrastructure issues might mean that diesel power is still used. […]

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Energy efficiency – can cities inspire change?

World Environment Day is celebrated each year on June 5 to encourage and raise global awareness of environmental protection. This year, the theme for World Environment Day is ‘Ecosystem Restoration’, and it centers on resetting our relationship with nature, something which requires greater conviction and a more cohesive effort. The world is not just home […]

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Energy-efficient HVAC system uses 30 percent less power at Shanghai Library

The huge building must remain comfortable in Shanghai’s variable climate, which regularly exceeds 30°C (86°F) in the summer and drops to freezing in the winter. The key to maintaining a comfortable temperature is the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system – but these systems typically consume around 50 percent of all energy used in […]

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Energy efficiency is a pressing matter

For AP&T, using the synchronous reluctance (SynRM) motor from ABB is a key component that improves the efficiency and sustainability of their servo hydraulic presses. Mikael Karlsson points out that they are two different things – Both important drivers for their customers. “When we look at energy efficiency, it is still firstly an economical factor […]

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German sewage plant cuts energy use by 40 percent, starts supplying power back to the grid  

In 2020, the facility needed to replace the motors for the back sludge pumping station II and the flocculation filtration system. The funding was provided by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. To meet the requirements of the National Climate Protection Initiative, the upgrades would have to prioritize the efficiency […]

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5 things to know about IE5 SynRM motors

45% of all electricity is converted into motion by electric motors The motors behind your everyday life Whether we like it or not, almost everything we use in everyday life comes from some sort of factory. From food and water to clothes, everything is manufactured or processed. And wherever things are produced, there is a […]

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Making the right moves toward energy efficiency

Driving change through regulations The progress and evolution of adopting IEC standards as national standards also outside of Europe has been the result of intensive and effective collaboration between all stakeholders participating in different IEC technical committees and working groups. The next steps that would be extremely beneficial for industry, end users and manufacturers would […]

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Energy is the key to the future

Unlimited clean energy for the future Professor Thornhill is a self-admitted fan of both science and science fiction. “I was brought up on science fiction. The great thing about science fiction is that it has shown us that energy is absolutely crucial for the future of mankind. With unlimited energy we could pretty much solve […]

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Partnering with the next generation

Emma has just submitted her master thesis, in which she investigates the environmental impact of an ABB synchronous motor and drive installation over its life cycle. Her findings confirmed the importance of energy efficiency in motor and drive technology in terms of reducing energy consumption, and thus improving environmental performance. Young people like Emma are […]

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Imagining tomorrow

Innovations can sometimes change the world fundamentally and quickly, but change is more often gradual, happening because of improvements to existing innovations as we find ways  to do things better. But it always requires the ability to imagine something into existence. For example, our Large Motors and Generators team recorded the highest efficiency ever for […]

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Upgraded refrigeration compressor motor at Campbell’s Australia cuts power use by 14 percent 

To find opportunities to reduce power use at the Shepparton plant, operators contacted A1 Electric Motors, an ABB Value Provider. They identified an inefficient, energy-intensive refrigeration compressor motor and conducted a cost-benefit analysis to identify potential savings. The forecasted savings were almost double what the site’s Environmental and Safety Manager expected.   A1 Electric Motors installed […]

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A more energy-efficient hotel: HVAC upgrades at InterContinental Madrid cut energy use by 40 percent  

The InterContinental Madrid hotel has been a favorite among travelers for 70 years. The hotel management was eager to improve the old building’s sustainability, but they felt strongly that any changes shouldn’t compromise convenience or comfort for guests.   The management conducted an energy efficiency audit with Exel Industrial – an ABB Value Provider. It revealed […]

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