Energy Efficient Industrial Equipment

Decarbonization Avenue : Energy Efficient Industrial Equipment


Every industrial equipment and machinery presents opportunities in energy efficiency - in varying degrees. Focussed efforts around energy efficiency improvements for key equipment could bring in significant energy and monetary savings.

Electric motors alone consume about 40% of all electricity produced. While electric motors are already quite efficient (85-90%), even a 5% additional improvement could make a big difference given the omnipresence of motors the world over, especially for large scale industrial applications. Many other industrial equipment have or operate at low efficiencies, and thus the cumulative energy efficiency opportunity for industrial equipment and machinery is significant. 

For many industrial equipment, energy efficiency enhancement had been an ongoing part of their evolution over the past many decades, even before climate change and decarbonization became important. These efficiency improvements were driven mainly by market needs to improve performance and economics. Most of these efforts were however mostly incremental in nature. Given the urgency of climate action by industries, there is a clear need for effective - and if need be even disruptive innovations - to dramatically increase efficiencies for particular industrial applications.

A key challenge for this sector is the lack of knowledge and awareness among industrial users about energy efficiency possibilities in industrial equipment such as cooling towers, heat exchangers, separation/filtration equipment, blowers etc.

Innovations in this domain for the 2020-2030 period are likely to be in the incorporation of sensors into industrial equipment, more efficient equipment for insulation, efficient water management and cooling equipment, efficient motors, turbines and compressed air systems, and use of business models such as ESCO (energy as a service) to drive faster adoption of energy efficient equipment.

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Themes & Topics

  • Heating & cooling equipment

    • Furnaces

    • Kilns & ovens

    • Boilers

      • CHP boilers

    • Distillation

    • Cooling towers

    • Hot air generators

    • Heat exchangers

    • Chillers

    • Foundry & metal working

    • Autoclave applications

  • Electrical & electronics

    • Motors

    • Turbines

    • Generators

  • Mechanical & machine working equipment

    • Pumps

    • Bearings

    • Filtration & separation equipment

    • Drives & gears

    • Energy efficient metal working machinery & processes

    • Energy efficient mixers & grinders

    • Energy efficient blowers & compressors

    • Energy efficient logistics & conveyor equipment

 

  • ESCO models for industrial energy efficiency

  • Education/capacity building

  • Collaboration

  • Use of IT & digital solutions

    • IoT & analytics

    • PLC

    • Energy monitoring

    • SCADA systems

  • Case studies

  • Solutions

  • Financing

  • Key industries

    • Engineering & manufacturing

    • Construction & infrastructure

    • Process industries

    • Fabrication industries

    • OEMs/Product assembly

  • Advanced materials for energy efficient equipment

  • Maintenance for energy efficiency

  • Economics