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Energy Saving Mechanism Using Variable Frequency Drives

By Neetha John and As R


Abstract — Many industrial applications require variable flow control of fluid (air, chemical gases, water and liquid chemicals). The traditional method of such flow control is to use an induction motor at constant speed with 50-Hz power supply and then control the flow by means of a throttle. Many fixed-speed motor load applications that are supplied direct from AC line power can save energy when they are operated at variable-speed, by means of VFD. Such energy cost savings are especially used in variable-torque centrifugal fan and pump applications, where the load’s torque and power vary with the square and cube, respectively of the speed. This change gives a large power reduction compared to fixed-speed operation for a relatively small reduction in speed. Also by Using a variable frequency drive to control the fluid flow with a fully open throttle saves a considerable amount of power. As most of the drives operate at part load most of the time, the accumulated energy saving or the corresponding financial benefit, may be substantial over a prolonged period of time. Because this type of fluid flow control is common in industry, widespread application of variable-frequency drives with power electronics area can help in large energy conservation. The main aim of this paper is to reduce the energy consumption by the implementation of VFD and hence the proper control of fluid flows

Topics: conservation, Affinity
Year: 2014
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