ECOSTAB – ECOBUCK
IT’S TIME TO SAVE
ECOSTAB – ECOBUCK
IREM Ecostab – Ecobuck Voltage Optimiser is a product dedicated to Power Quality and Energy Saving.
Voltage optimization is an energy-saving technology that, by operating through systematic and controlled reduction of the grid voltage, reduces the absorption of active and reactive power from the network.
The average voltage value of the distribution networks is often higher than the ideal operating value for most electrical equipment. Ecostab – Ecobuck is the Energy Economizer which, by exploiting the principle of voltage optimization, increases the level of power quality and produces energy savings measured and quantified according to the international reference standard.
Sites equipped with an IREM Ecostab – Ecobuck voltage optimization system often obtain reductions of 5 to 15% in energy consumption, costs and, therefore, in carbon dioxide emissions!
The first step to evaluate the opportunity to install a network optimizer is to monitor and know the input voltage levels: the IREM Ecometer Energy Saving Meter allows you to determine the parameters.
The values displayed are calculated with the method recommended by the VDE-AR-E 2055-1 standard. The savings displayed guaranteeing the precision of the metrological chain of measuring instruments.
These multimeters display all the electrical parameters, such as voltage, current, frequency, power, power factor, total harmonic distortion etc., measured from the mains input, to the economizer output. These multimeters are characterized by:
- 128×80 pixel LCD graphic display, backlit;
- 4 keys for display and programming;
- Simple and fast navigation;
- Texts for measurements, programming and messages in 5 languages;
- True RMS Measurements (TRMS);
- Continuous data acquisition;
- High accuracy.
THROUGH ENERGY EFFICIENCY
The term Energy Saving includes various techniques aimed at reducing the consumption of energy necessary to carry out human activites.
Energy Saving can be achieved both by reducing energy processes so that less work is done, and by optimizing these processes so that, for the same work, less energy is required. This last way is that of Energy Efficiency.
The term Energy Efficiency indicates the ability of a physical system to obtain a given result by using less energy than other systems called less efficient, generally increasing its efficiency and allowing therefore energy saving and a reduction in operating costs.
“Energy Efficiency” indicates the ability to be able to “do more with less”, adopting the best technologies/techniques available on the market and a more conscious and responsible behavior towards energy uses. This therefore implies a more rational use of energy, eliminating waste due to operation and sub-optimal management of simple and complex systems.
The increase in energy efficiency is achieved by implementing forms of intervention that include technological improvements, optimization of energy management and diversification of energy supply. Wastes and energy losses represent the hidden “deposit” we have and that energy efficiency allows us to recover and valorise in order to obtain substantial economic, environmental and social advantages.
For these reasons, energy efficiency is the essential component of a virtuous energy strategy aimed at achieving a safer, more competitive and more sustainable low-energy economy.
Energy efficiency = “Do more with less”
Energy Efficiency for the environment: < CO2
Greater energy efficiency makes it possible to use less fossil fuels and therefore to reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to global warming.
Energy Efficiency for companies: < OPERATING COSTS
With the increase in energy efficiency it is possible to reduce the energy expenditure of companies that can reinvest the money saved on core business activities to increase competitiveness on the market.
Energy Efficiency for the future: > AVAILABLE ENERGY
Energy Efficiency is the most universally available energy source. The most convenient and cleanest energy is energy that must not be produced or used.
The average voltage value of the distribution networks is often greater than the ideal operating value for most electrical equipment.
For example, a 230 V linear load used with a 240 V power supply, absorbs 4.3% current more and it consumes 9% more electricity than the 230 V power supply.
A common but wrong belief relating to voltage optimization is that, reducing the voltage, leads to an increase in the current and, therefore, absorbed power remains unchanged.
This is true for certain types of loads, called constant power; however, most sites have a variety of loads that will benefit to a greater or lesser extent from energy savings by considering the whole site as a single unit.
Voltage optimization is a technique of energy efficiency which, by operating through the systematic and controlled reduction of the network voltage, allows to reduce the absorption from the active and reactive power network.
While some voltage “optimization” devices have fixed voltage regulation, others regulate the voltage automatically electronically. Voltage optimization systems are usually installed in series with a building’s electrical network, allowing all installed electrical equipment to benefit from an optimized power supply.
High voltage values lead to higher energy consumption than necessary and, consequently, higher electrical costs.
High voltage values are not only expensive, but can also be harmful to equipment. Excessive supply voltage produces noise, heat and further vibrations that stress internal components, in particular motors that are sensitive to overheating and wear out more quickly. The IREM Ecostab – Ecobuck voltage optimization system ensures that a user receives and pays only for the voltage actually needed and no more, they optimize power quality and generate energy savings.
SAVING AND RETURN ON INVESTMENT
- Mains voltage which is not always close to rated value. Voltage is usually higher late at night: 10% higher than the rated value is a common condition. This level is often exceeded when the user is located near an electric substation. Saving increases to approximately 20% when the voltage exceeds 10% of the rated value;
- Type of powered device. Some devices allow higher saving than others and some electric devices do not provide any significant saving at all;
- Device use. The best results are obtained by using Ecostab – Ecobuck in connection to motors with stall torque often lower than the maximum deliverable torque;
- Overall consumption of devices powered by the voltage optimizer. The higher the power of the Ecostab – Ecobuck voltage optimiser, the shorter its payback period.
Since not all the appliances and loads ensure the same energy saving, a careful analysis on their use is necessary to predict potential energy saving.
Sometimes, it may be advantageous to limit the use of Ecostab – Ecobuck voltage optimisers to some devices to optimise the investment.
Thanks to the energy saved and the optimized power quality, the cost of the voltage optimizer will be usually paid off in a period ranging from 1 to 5 years.
For example, a 230V linear appliance used on a 240V supply will take 4.3% more current and will consume almost 9% more electricity than at 230V.
IREM voltage optimizers are used in various sectors:
- Catering and Restaurants