2016 Product of the Year Finalists: Energy Management
Finalists in the Energy Management category for the Plant Engineering 2016 Product of the Year competition.
Uninterruptible power supply
UPS.500 is an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) enabled standalone lithium ion (Li-Ion) UPS for industrial control applications. Onboard electronics deliver advanced diagnostics, enhanced battery performance, and embedded cyber protection. UPS.500 replaces outmoded centralized lead acid battery backup systems with compact, distributed NEMA4X lithium battery packs. UPS.500 provides 12 Ah of 24 Vdc power for any distributed control system (DCS), PLC, programmable automation controller (PAC), or SCADA remote terminal unit (RTU) application. An onboard cyber secure microcontroller manages the Li-Ion polymer battery cells to deliver high energy density for extended hold up time, rapid charging, and extreme temperature tolerance.
Bedrock Automation, www.bedrockautomation.com
Industrial fan with automatic controller
The Powerfoil X3.0 industrial ceiling fan with SmartSense control technology provides effortless comfort and automatic energy savings. The fan produces 15% more airflow than the previous X2.0 while maintaining durability and reliability. Featuring summer and winter modes as well as dual air temperature sensors, SmartSense matches the speed of Powerfoil X3.0 to seasonal conditions. As the temperature rises, the fan automatically speeds up, providing a cooling effect of up to 10 F that keeps workers comfortable and productive even in the hottest of summer days. In cooler months, SmartSense automatically slows the fan to push down rising warm air from a facility’s heater without creating a draft.
Big Ass Fans, www.bigassfans.com
Micro compact power unit
CytroPac is a micro compact hydraulic power unit that integrates hydraulic components with a frequency converter, motor, pump, and sensor technology in one housing—forming a cabinet-free power unit, allowing all hydraulic and electrical components to be connected while using minimum space. CytroPac also simplifies and speeds up commissioning because the only connections required are to the power supply and the communication with the control, as well as to the hydraulic circuit and the cooling water circuit. CytroPac is capable of reducing energy consumption by up to 80%, depending on the cycle characteristics.
Bosch Rexroth Corp., www.boschrexroth.com
Eaton’s expanded portfolio of automatic transfer switch (ATS) solutions with contactor-based transfer switches are designed specifically for applications up to 3,000 A. The contactor-based design provides a compact footprint because construction is based around a single contactor assembly. To help support uninterrupted power for critical systems, the switching device also allows a two-step, stored energy contactor type mechanism. This allows the energy required for operating the main contacts to be stored in readiness for rapid response to power supply interruptions. The solution is engineered for enhanced safety and uptime, with the front door of the ATS forming an isolated compartment that houses key assemblies.
Solar combiner box
Crouse-Hinds series 1,500-Vdc solar combiner boxes with and without integral dc disconnect switches are built to minimize system costs by providing maximum flexibility. By designing the combiner boxes specifically for 1,500-Vdc systems, this solution helps facilitate longer strings, fewer connection points, reduced labor, and lower installed costs. The combiner boxes are also available with 1 to 36 input circuits and a 15-A fuse size to help save material costs, installation time and labor. Additionally, the combiner boxes are configurable with NEMA 4X, 4, and 3R enclosures for robust environmental protection. Further customized options are available to meet specific application requirements.
High performance UPS
The Power Xpert 9395 high performance UPS provides efficiency and advanced capabilities to reduce total cost of ownership in small- to mid-sized data centers. The Energy Star-qualified UPS provides up to 99% efficiency across most loads with the Energy Saver System, double-conversion efficiency of up to 97% at loads down to 15% with the Variable Module Management System. The modular design helps customers save on utility costs and space. The platform provides up to 20% more power than flagship 9395 UPS within the same footprint, as well as the ability to increase power capacity at any time by simply adding an additional 300-kW power module to the existing UPS.
Branch circuit monitoring panelboard
The Pow-R-Line PXBCM branch circuit monitoring panelboard is a cost-effective solution for energy and power monitoring at the branch circuit level. An integrated panelboard provides a means to monitor the incoming main power and up to 84 branch circuits. The Pow-R-Line PXBCM panelboard can be used in lighting appliances, small power distribution panelboards, and Pow-R-Command lighting control panelboards up to 400 A with branch breakers rated 125 A or below. The panelboards provide remote access to live energy readings and helps facilitate system integration for data center intensive industries, facilities working to optimize server capacity and companies with a critical need to maintain uptime.
Revenue energy meter
The Shark 270 is an outdoor socket form revenue meter designed for critical meter applications and basic commercial/industrial metering. The meter is a full four quadrant, bidirectional revenue meter that can also be used for inter-tie metering. Its 0.15% metrology accuracy meets and exceeds all the accuracy requirements of ANSI C12.20 Class 0.2% and IEC 62053-22 CL 0.2S. The meter provides a full complement of necessary tools, such as transformer/line loss compensation, CT/PT compensation, advanced test mode, perpetual TOU, and extensive logging (with up to 128 Mb of flash memory) for interval energy storage.
Electro Industries/GaugeTech, www.electroind.com
Efficiency testing lab service
Exair's Efficiency Lab has been designed to help companies evaluate the efficiency of their current blow-off products such as air nozzles, air knives, and air guns. Companies can ship these items to Exair where one of the qualified engineers performs tests using calibrated, NIST traceable testing equipment. The performance of the supplied product (air consumption, effectiveness, noise levels, and efficiency) is compared to that of the appropriate Exair Intelligent Compressed Air product. The results are published in a comprehensive report that includes a cost savings analysis. This is an excellent opportunity for end users to learn the facts about the products and processes they use.
Exair Corp., www.exair.com
Bidirectional dc-dc converter
Sinamics DCP 120-kW is a scalable, bidirectional dc-dc converter, suited for industrial and multi-generator applications in renewable energy and enables practical implementation of energy storage systems using batteries or super capacitors. The converter provides the means of integrating larger energy storage systems into multi-generator applications in renewable energy (photovoltaics, fuel cells, or wind power plants). The DCP can also be used in highly dynamic applications to reduce peak load via its overload capability. Features include combined buck/boost converter in one device, optimized interconnect for both dc sources and energy storage to dc Link of motor inverter(s) and infeed/grid inverter, and wide voltage range (up to 800 Vdc).
The PC4000 pipeline connector was developed to satisfy the needs of modern process industries, significantly simplifying installation and reducing maintenance time. Traditional steam trapping assemblies often require the plant to be shut down for new traps to be installed, taking significant time and reducing production output. The PC4000 with single or double isolation allows steam traps to be installed without need for process shutdown. These pipeline connectors are ideal for the oil, petrochemical, and the specialty chemical industry, and they are suitable for manifold applications where steam traps are used on tracing and main line drainage.
Spirax Sarco, www.spiraxsarco.com