Energy Management Solutions
Jun 15, 2009
Energy Management SolutionsWhen it comes to manufacturers today, one of the major issues they confront is how to improve upon energy performance. Honeywell says it has the solution. That solution is a customizable portfolio of new and existing hardware, software and services to help improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These Energy Management Solutions targets a wide range of energy-intensive process manufacturing facilities such as refining and petrochemical production. The new offering uses a Honeywell Energy Dashboard, which gathers information from various instruments and systems and tracks their energy consumption against dynamic energy targets. The Energy Dashboard allows the user to go to the most deviated targets,” said Brendan Sheehan, senior marketing manager chemicals at Honeywell Process Solutions at a press conference Monday at the Honeywell Users Group in Phoenix. “You can look through the deviation page and find common cause of deviations. This all could lead you to find out about your energy performance and how to increase your performance.” In an of themselves, the instruments are not new, but the concept of packaging them to get a better rate of return is, Sheehan said. “Improving energy efficiency is an effective way to reduce operating costs and CO2 emissions,” Sheehan said. “Energy savings of 12-25% a year is possible.” The reason this all came together now, Sheehan said, is because the Honeywell “architecture now allows the company to bring in all the tools to offer a total solution.” One application at a North American refinery had a cost savings of $27 million a year and had a payback in less than two years, he said. At a pulp and paper plant, they were able to reduce the motor load by 53% and garnered a 2% reduction in energy, which reduced the total cost of operations. Capturing and analyzing data allows users to understand key energy indicators and how they affect overall energy consumption. The Energy Dashboard, which should be ready to hit the market in the fourth quarter, allows users to establish specific goals for reducing energy consumption, costs, and the associated GHG emissions, as well as to measure actual performance against those goals. Once they are able to identify energy saving potential, they are then able to offer customizable hardware, software, and services to improve performance, including enhancements to measurement and monitoring, control and optimization, heat recovery, feedstock optimization, advanced process technology, utilities optimization and services to sustain and even improve results over time.
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