Technology to Counter the Energy Challenge
Studies put Focus on Gear Technology to Fight Exploding Energy Bills
Moreover, the overall productivity improvement through maximum availability of machines is a prime factor to remain competitive and profitable in this industry.
Energy Efficiency – More Than a Buzzword
The Government of India (GoI) has included energy efficiency as one of the eight missions in the Prime Minister’s National Action Plan on Climate Change, and the scope of energy efficiency in industrial segments has been identified. In line with the energy conservation and efficiency policies of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Perform, Achieve, and Trade (PAT) scheme was formed under the National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE).
The primary focus of the PAT scheme is to promote efficient use of energy in the industrial arena. Under this scheme, the Ministry of Power has identified 15 sectors, of which many belong to the process industry, thus implying the fact that it is one of the most energyintensive industries.
Motors are the Premier Energy Guzzlers
Energy consumption in this industry depends on the product manufactured and the process employed. However, on an average, the energy cost in the process industry is about 10-15 per cent of the total cost of the output. Moreover, motors account for over 50 per cent of the overall energy consumption. Hence, proper selection of size and design of the equipment in a plant is crucial to ensure maximum productivity.
Most of these motors are either coupled with gearboxes or used as a geared motor package to achieve the desired torque and speed. Gearboxes and geared motors are widely used and play a critical role in precisely controlling the processes; thus accounting for a significant portion of energy consumption.