AI analytics tool boosts energy efficiency

AI analytics tool boosts energy efficiency

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By Nick Flaherty

Dutch AI analytics tool developer Samotics has launched a new energy efficiency technology for industrial systems.

By providing detailed performance and efficiency analysis across industrial assets, the SAM4 Energy tool can provide savings of 10-15% with minimal investment and implementation costs.

SAM4 Energy is part of the SAM4 AI analysis suite that also includes SAM4 Health, an asset health monitoring system for AC motors and rotating equipment.

The technology goes beyond traditional power logging and energy reporting to acquire data, identify energy waste, provide concrete recommendations, and demonstrate return on investment. It is a continuous monitoring system which characterizes the performance of industrial assets, identifying where electricity consumption, cost and efficiency losses are largest and why.      

One trial deployment of the technology identified a foul pump at a sewage pump station that was operating at a very low efficiency caused by low flow operation. Following automatically-generated advice to open a partially-closed discharge valve, yearly electricity savings of 40-55% were achieved for that single pump which equated to €15k and 30 tonnes of CO2.

“Heavy industry is the world’s largest energy consumer, with most of this energy usage associated with equipment driven by electric motors. Yet, between 20 to 40% of the electricity used by these motors is wasted due to operational inefficiencies, process-machine mismatches, and developing damage,” said Jasper Hoogeweegen, CEO at Samotics. “With sustainability high on the agenda for organizations across the industrial sector, improving electrical efficiency should be a key pillar in all sustainability strategies worldwide.” 

Armed with data on electrical consumption and performance, SAM4 Energy provides industrial companies access to a 24/7 energy audit for the first time. This generates advice on how to reduce electrical inefficiencies and, once that advice is implemented, SAM4 Energy tracks subsequent energy savings and carbon offset to demonstrate the return on investment. The platform provides customers with a visually interactive reporting tool enabling real-time insight into the performance of assets across a variety of performance metrics.

“Heavy industries are producing hundreds of millions of data points everyday across critical assets. For years, manually harnessing the potential of this data has been too costly and complex to achieve. With the launch of SAM4 Energy, we are delivering an accessible solution to the market which provides greater insights and actual solutions to electrical inefficiencies. This promises to significantly reduce global emissions,” said Hoogeweegen.

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