Advertorial - Free evaluation service for HVAC motors identifies untapped potential for energy savings and carbon reduction

Carl Turbitt of ABB
Carl Turbitt of ABB

With energy prices continuing to remain volatile, a free service from ABB can help to identify the easiest opportunities to reduce outgoings, as ABB’s Carl Turbitt, HVAC Drives UK Sales Manager, explains.

The buildings sector is thought to account for over a third of all global energy consumption and emissions. HVAC systems are generally responsible for a significant proportion of total building energy consumption, with typical arrangements contributing up to 40 percent. Each system is typically comprised of a variety of applications which are driven by electric motors. These can include air handling units, compressors, supply/extract fans, condenser fans, primary and secondary pump sets, chilled and hot water pumps, and cooling towers. Each one represents an opportunity to potentially save energy and reduce carbon emissions.

Against a backdrop of volatile energy prices in the short term, and the ongoing drive to improve sustainability in the longer term, the building sector is increasingly looking to reduce its energy usage and costs. A variable speed drive (VSD) is a device which controls electric motors electronically to vary their speed according to demand. This means that the motor only draws the minimum amount of energy that it needs for a required output. Without a drive, the motor will run at full power, all the time, potentially wasting vast amounts of energy.

Many of the motors in a typical HVAC system today are run without any form of electronic speed control. The precision control offered by a drive can reduce wasted energy almost instantly, and for some applications can reduce energy usage by 50 percent or more.

Without an intimate knowledge of the inner workings of a system, it can be difficult to know which applications could benefit the most from variable speed control. ABB’s free Energy Snapshot service aims to help HVAC system operators to identify the motor-driven applications which are the most promising candidates for energy saving.

The service involves an engineer from ABB or an approved ABB Value Provider carrying out an in-person visit over the course of half a day.

The engineer will identify the motor-driven applications that offer the greatest opportunity to cut energy use in the shortest possible time, using the data gathered to produce a bespoke report recommending appropriate solutions for your facility.

With electricity prices continuing to spiral, the need to reduce energy usage and costs has never been greater. Payback times that used to be measured in years are now down to a matter of months, with the drive continuing to save energy and money thereafter. ABB’s Energy Snapshot is your shortcut to savings – and there’s never been a better time to try it out.

To register your interest in the Energy Snapshot service, visit:, or contact Carl Turbitt directly at, on 01925 741111, or find him on LinkedIn.

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