Schneider Electric: Altivar Process | Schneider Electric
“The system takes the variable speed drive to the next level by embedding real time control algorithms and metrics to continually optimize the pump operation and minimize energy consumption by adjusted drive speed to best fit current conditions. With its network connection, it can also enable system level optimization to tune and balance a full system of pumps and valves.”
--Energy Manager Today Awards judge
Around 40% of the price of water is coming from the cost of energy used in the process. Industrial process and utilities are the biggest energy consumers and their consumption comes largely from electric motors and pumps. Variable speed drives are used to control most of these motors and pumps. Many of these motors or pumps are used with valves, to regulate the flow. The benefit of every variable speed drive (VSD) is to be able to run the pumps at the desired speed, consuming only the energy needed for the flow or pressure needed. Altivar Process is a new range of variable speed drive that embeds energy management services in its inner core, according to Schneider Electric. Integrated in the Industrial Internet of Things, Altivar Process aims to reduce the energy consumption of these processes.
Schneider Electric calls Altivar Process VSD the first and only “Services Oriented Drives”. This means that energy management services are embedded in the inner core of the VSD and they are available thanks to the Internet of Things connectivity of the VSD. The Altivar Process contains an accurate power measurement functionality and a embedded pump efficiency algorithm. This algorithm delivers an efficiency KPI in kWh per cubic meter. This efficiency KPI can be accessed from anywhere: the VSD provides this data on an embedded webpage, or the user can access it from any system as the Drive has a standard Ethernet connectivity. This approach is unique as Altivar Process VSD takes advantage of the Industrial Internet of Things to bring the field data (pump efficiency) to upper levels of the organization in order to monitor and optimize the complete set of operations, Schneider Electric says.
The benefit of Altivar Process VSD, is to be able to follow, in real time, the motor energy consumption, and the pump efficiency. End users are able to know, for every pump in their installation, what is the current level of efficiency of their asset (in kWh/M3) and to optimize it without additional hardware.
“It is a significant advantage that their VSDs are connected to the internet as this will be the future,” said one judge. “The real time performance monitoring is critical to optimizing the pump performance.”