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Meeting your energy consumption & efficiency demands - Energy conserved is equal to energy generated

Sarla Technologies discusses the need and benefits of Energy Monitoring Solutions in India’s industrial space.


About half of the total commercial energy available in India is consumed by the industrial sector. Major consumers of the Indian industrial being fertilizer, textile, sugar, cement, and steel. India’s energy sector is highly energy intensive and efficiency is below that of other industrialized countries. It has been estimated that the
total conservation potential of this sector is around 25% of the total energy used by it.

Such industries need to promote energy conservation and if done it can considerably reduce the costs of production. This is the near term goal of Bureau of Energy Efficiency; which has been set up under Ministry of our Power. Energy management is very vital and planned actions can reduce energy bills and reduce the environment damage. The two main energy management strategies are conservation and efficiency. This requires the establishment of a system of collection, analysis, and reporting on the organization’s energy consumption and costs.

Up to 75% of electricity use in industry goes through motors and motor driven systems. Another 10% is for lighting and 3-5 % for plant level distribution losses. Monitoring and control of these equipments while maintaining data at central locations with reports on energy consumption and equipment efficiency would help in better energy management.

Energy Monitoring for optimum energy consumption

Demand side management has proven to be one of the best strategies around the globe for resolving issues related to energy efficiency. With Maximum Demand Control (MDC) allotted to each organization in India, organizations have been using energy monitoring solutions to curb their consumption and stay within the MDC
limits. Energy monitoring solutions manage power usage more effectively; with data collection and analysis that help identify energy consumption patterns and take
actions to curb wastage.

Gain Energy and Equipment Efficiency
Knowing how your facility uses power is a critical step in knowing how to affect and ultimately control it. Monitoring solutions, whether they are web enabled or stand alone on site, serve as exceptional tools for proper decision making. Seeing your facilities’ load curves and understanding what affects them, can have tremendous
financial benefit. Energy monitoring solutions which are mix of software and hardware tools measure, control the energy consumption and provide detailed consumption report of different sections of a plant that help in proactive decision making. Different sections of the plant also include utilities including fuel, gas and water treatment which consumes considerable amount of energy.
PLC (Programmable Logic Controller), SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), Historian, relays systems are used to centrally connect isolated energy
meters from different pumps, motors and other equipments. The energy data from these meters are displayed intelligently giving complete analysis of the consumption patterns, alarm reports, equipment efficiency report, billing reports and soft target reports important for the process person to shut down the low priority equipments immediately.

Tracking Maximum Demand Control
Consumption pattern reports collects feeder wise data giving details of energy imported and energy consumed. This data analysis not only helps in understanding which equipment consumes maximum energy and takes necessary actions accordingly but also helps in monitoring the operational equipment efficiency. The
equipment efficiency report highlights performance of particular equipment comparing its input to the output. The Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)reports are
carried out for substations, motors and other plant equipments. These monitoring solutions provide third party integration with enterprise systems too; providing functionalities for enterprise access.
• Deliverables of the Energy Monitoring solutions with intelligent reports for decision making:
Energy management has been a key issue faced by the management; and automation & monitoring solutions have proved to be one of the right solutions to address their energy efficiency issues. The solutions help organizations reduce their costs, improve business performance, meet the current and future mandatory energy efficiency targets and requirement of GHG emission reduction legislation, Understand organizations energy risk exposure and identify areas of the organization at greatest risk.

2012/09/28 by Gloria Llopis