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To B or to B Flat? Vuvuzelas, Energy Solutions, and Alligators

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Until recently, few people were enlightened regarding the many industrial energy management principles to be learned from a vuvuzela (an instrument that is in the key of B flat, a note that drives alligators crazy.)  Fortunately for us all, those dark ages are now past.  Here are just a few ways that the vuvuzela can help guide you on your energy management journey:     

  • Harmonics.  When a vuvuzela generates harmonics, it can blow out your ear drums.  When an electronic system generates harmonics, it can blow out your equipment.  Many people think industrial energy management is simply about “more or less”.  It’s a lot more complicated than that.  Some of the very technologies used to save energy – fluorescent lights, variable frequency drives (VFDs), and even the myriad computers running the software used to manage energy, can cause harmonics.  Mitigating harmonics is a proven way to generate energy savings.
  • Quality matters – a lot.  The misconception that vuvuzelas are either on (annoying) or off (desired state) belies the fact that modulation of the input can actually lead to a desirable output – music.  Similarly, the belief that energy is either on (wasteful) or off (desired state) is far, far from the truth.  Modulating inputs, for example with VFDs, is a common method for energy management.  Many industrial customers, quite justifiably, consider investments in power quality and power factor correction (read it; it involves beer) to be just as relevant for their energy management initiatives as investments in energy dashboards. Using energy visualization solutions can amplify efforts in other areas (amplifying a vuvuzela is not recommended).
  • Hyundai cares.  Hyundai invested in the world’s largest vuvuzela, measuring in at 35 meters in length and 5.5 meters in diameter.  Hyundai also invests in energy management.  All major automotive manufacturers have energy management programs for their manufacturing operations; embedded energy in the complex automotive supply chain is garnering increased attention.  Integrating energy management expertise with supply chain management is becoming one of the skills needed for effective use of the invisible asset that is energy.

Would you like to learn more about energy management?  Visit us at Sapphire NOW in Madrid and see demos of advanced energy solutions software, plus meet our customers who are realizing energy savings on a daily basis.

Specific points of interest include:

1.  Ask for a demo of our energy and environmental software solutions at the industries and lines of business campus – speak to Kirill Rykov.

2.  Attend a microforum and learn first-hand about Ferrero’s energy management successes – Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m. (Session IL1633)

3.  Session “IL1598” includes a panel discussion around “Minimize Operational Risk and Energy Use” – Thursday November 15th from 2 to 3 p.m.

4.  Test drive our energy software throughout Sapphire at the Test Drive area.

There’s more to learn about energy management from a cappella, big data, owls, and pumpkins

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      Author's profile photo Tom Van Doorslaer
      Tom Van Doorslaer

      Love your sense of humour, and I'll be sure to visit the booth and learn more about your energy management solutions. (I'm in the energy sector myself)

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      Former Member

      Thanks!  Are you more on the supply or demand side of the energy sector? I'm working with James McClelland (Utilities) as well, though my focus is on the demand side.

      Author's profile photo Tom Van Doorslaer
      Tom Van Doorslaer

      Production and sales - side.

      But it's always good to have a better view on the other side, to more efficiently work together.

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      Former Member

      So, Tom, do tell:  You visited the booth?  Were you attacked by any alligators?  Deafened by any vuvuzelas?  Or just blinded with the brilliance of the solution? Inquiring minds want to know...      😉

      Author's profile photo Tom Van Doorslaer
      Tom Van Doorslaer

      I'm not entirely sure. I was a bit overwhelmed by all the interesting solutions I saw.

      - I have seen a solution where they showed real time consumption data on a map of New York

      - I also saw a solution where you could interact with a 3D model of a Plant via Kinect

      - There was one were MII was used for feedback about production

      - and the list goes on...

      Chances are that I visited your booth, but maybe subconsiously. Sleep deprived and overwhelmed as I was, I hardly had anymore notion of time, nor calendar.

      One thing I am certain of:

      These are mighty Fascinating times!