Analysis of electrical motors load factors and energy savings in an Indian cement industry

Thirugnanasambandam, M.; Hasanuzzaman, M.; Saidur, R.; Ali, M.B.; Rajakarunakaran, S.; Devaraj, D.; Rahim, N.A. (2011) Analysis of electrical motors load factors and energy savings in an Indian cement industry. Energy, 36 (7). pp. 4307-4314. ISSN 0360-5442

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Electric motors consume in between 30 and 80 of the total industrial energy use for few selected countries around the world. It was identified that many motors are operated under loaded conditions. In some cases, motors are operated even at 3-16 of their full loads. These low loads can be optimized with the application of variable speed drives (VSD) to match the load requirements. Based on the estimation, it has been found that annually about 1,865,925 MWh of energy can be saved for 60 speed reduction when VSDs are used. It was also found that about 2,122,675 tons CO(2)emission could be avoided annually by using VSDs for Low Tension (LT) motors for 60 speed reduction. It was also estimated that annually about 4,600,386 MWh of energy can be saved for High Tension (HT) motors for 60 speed reduction using VSDs. The average payback period (PBP) for implementing VSDs for LT and HT motors found to be very low (i.e. about 2 days). In this particular study it is observed that installing both IT and HT capacitors to improve power factor found to be not economically viable owing to low level of energy savings.

Item Type: Article
  1. Thirugnanasambandam, M.
  2. Hasanuzzaman, M.
  3. Saidur, R.(Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Building, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA)
  4. Ali, M.B.
  5. Rajakarunakaran, S.
  6. Devaraj, D.
  7. Rahim, N.A.
Journal or Publication Title: Energy
Additional Information: 797HR Times Cited:4 Cited References Count:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cement industry; energy audit; energy savings; motors; vsd; efficiency standards; empirical-analysis; power sector; malaysia; cost; productivity; emissions.
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Mr Jenal S
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2013 15:22
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 15:22

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