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Emerson energy management information system manages energy consumption

Emerson Process Management has unveiled Energy Advisor​, a real-time energy management information system that automates the process of monitoring and managing energy consumption across mills, plants, and refineries. With real-time, meaningful information about a site’s energy performance, process manufacturers can identify inefficiencies and irregularities and take corrective action, saving on average 5 to 10 percent in energy costs annually.

In energy-intensive process industries like chemical, metals and mining, oil and gas, pulp and paper and refining, where energy is often 30 to 50 per cent of their operating expense, these savings can have a significant impact on the bottom line.   

Energy Advisor pulls energy data from various sources, including Emerson’s DeltaV and Ovation distributed control systems, as well as its wireless infrastructure, to provide real-time analysis and historical context. Using Emerson’s unique process models, manufacturers are now able to analyze and compare three critical items: the amount of energy a system is designed to use, what it has used over time, and what it is consuming in the moment.

Energy Advisor integrates seamlessly with current site control and information systems, allowing a straight-forward and cost-effective implementation. Key features of the technology include:

  • ​Consumption Monitoring: identifies and logs root causes for energy over-consumption events.
  • Data Integrity Checker: verifies integrity of energy data before it is used.
  • Energy Target Calculator: creates models from past historical data to predict target energy consumption. Optional process models from Emerson provide theoretical targets as well as other energy-related performance indicators.
  • Standard Reports: including cost per unit of production, energy performance trends, and electrical demand cost.

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