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Friday, 21 September 2012 15:15

In November last year, five trade associations combined to inaugurate a conference dealing with the subject of motor driven systems, which together with pumps, fans and compressors are responsible for between 43% – 46% of the world’s electricity consumption, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The second Motor Driven Systems (MDS) Conference will be staged on 8th November 2012 at St. John’s Hotel, Solihull. It is once again supported by BCAS, FETA, BPMA, BEAMA and GAMBICA – the trade bodies representing the compressed air, fans, pumps, motors, drives and controls product areas – who will this year be joined by the AEMT and Energy Institute.

The MDS Conference will examine not only current and forthcoming legislation on the subject but will also focus on products’ and systems’ technologies that lead to significant financial savings.

Chris Dee, Executive Director of BCAS, emphasises the importance to industry of the MDS Conference. “The fact that motor driven systems comprise well over 40% of the world’s total electricity consumption is a key reason to examine what can be done to make energy savings in this area. Delegates to the MDS Conference will not only find out about current and future legislation that will impact on their business, but also what they can do to ensure they comply with the law whilst making significant monetary savings at the same time.”

The Conference will present case studies and papers by some of industry’s leading players including WEG, ebm-papst, ABB, Vacon Drives, Mattei Compressors, Schneider Electric, JTL Systems, Xylem and IMS Research.

The format will see a statement presented on the UK Government’s position on motor driven efficiency, by a spokesman for DEFRA. This will be followed by a similar representation of Europe’s policy on motor driven systems outlined by Marcos Gonzales Alvarez, of the European Union.

These positioning statements will be followed by overviews by BSI and IMS Research who will focus on ISO 50001 – energy management systems – a year on, and the global markets for energy efficient motors and drives, respectively.

Innovation by manufacturers is key to achieving energy efficient products and systems and some of industry’s leading names will be presenting at the MDS Conference.

Vacon Drives will feature the drives systems efficiency standard to be followed by Xylem on the pumping system efficiency index. JTL Systems will then address several key markets when focussing on the considerations for efficiencies in refrigeration.

The MDS Conference will provide plenty of opportunity for informal networking and will feature four Q&A sessions and open discussions where delegates can seek to determine solutions to specific requirements.

The afternoon session sees three leading manufacturers – WEG, ABB and ebm-papst discuss respectively, applications for energy efficient motors; a case study on how cost savings were achieved within Stainless Melting and Continuous Casting; and a case study on how Orange Business Services enjoys large savings from small changes.

This session will also include a paper in which British Airways – an important end user of motor driven systems – will share its experiences of identifying potential energy savings and the process it went through to realise significant operational improvements with motor driven apparatus whilst saving huge sums of money through energy efficiency.

Making financial savings from energy efficient products and systems is a central theme to MDS 2012. The Conference’s raison d’etre is not about making energy savings for the sake of it – although legislative implications make that necessary anyway – it is about business actively saving money through a more considered approach to motor driven systems engineering.

 As Steve Brambley, Deputy Director of GAMBICA, one of the trade body stakeholders in the Conference says, “This Conference combines two of our industry’s most talked about topics – Economics and Energy – to show business leaders how energy efficiency is not only a financial benefit but a key step in becoming competitive. With motors consuming most of the electricity used in industry and significant energy savings to be made using control and automation, efficiency may be one of largest opportunities available for businesses to boost their bottom line. Motor Driven Systems will address this challenge and is essential whether you are a business leader, an energy manager, a machine builder, a consultant or an engineer.”

A separate breakout session has been designed to appeal specifically to those who have financial responsibility within their business.

Chief financial officers, accountants, purchasing executives and others with a financial responsibility will learn of practical information and measures during the session – ‘The Financial Benefits of the Drive for Efficiency’ – designed to make a positive difference to the bottom line.

Steve Brambley, who will be presenting the paper ‘Buy Now or Pay Later’, comments, “Henry Ford once said that, “If you need a machine and don’t buy it, then you will ultimately find that you have paid for it, but don’t have it”. This paper will demonstrate that this is true today of energy efficient systems and that failure to invest in efficient technology means you will pay even more in energy bills.

It will make an economics based analysis of the comparison between investing money in efficient systems to reap financial gain vs saving capital by not investing but accepting higher energy bills. In essence it will show how the lifetime costs of efficient equipment is lower, due to the high proportion of energy costs in motor driven systems.

Points to be covered include;
*97% of lifetime costs of a motor is the energy consumed
*Energy efficient systems can deliver significant (double digit) savings
*Comparison of two lifetime costs, 1 with investment in control, the other without
*Importance of system efficiency, not product efficiency
*False economy of running old equipment
*Overcoming the barriers to investment in energy efficient equipment

Darren Riva of Engineering Efficiency Financing (EEF), will be outlining some of the financial assistance available. In March 2011, the Carbon Trust and Siemens Financial Services announced a joint partnership to provide UK businesses with green equipment finance worth up to £550 million over the next three years.

The new affordable and flexible scheme boosts green growth, focuses on unlocking business investment in the low carbon economy and ultimately enables UK businesses to invest in cost effective energy efficiency equipment. Energy Efficiency Financing is available to all types of organisations seeking to reduce their energy costs, and with financing payments calculated so that they are offset by anticipated energy savings – the financing option is designed to pay for itself.

Mike Malina, of Energy Solution Associates, who has conducted hundreds of energy audits in his long career, will be presenting a paper entitled ‘Short Termism – Damages Sustainability’. His paper will challenge much of the ‘status quo’ in terms of energy use within industry and commerce and will offer some thought provoking insights as to how to establish an alternative approach.

This new session has been specifically organised for those whose interest lies in the financial implications rather than the technical aspects of motor driven systems, in order to emphasise the importance of improved efficiency for improved profitability. It has been scheduled, and priced accordingly, so that delegates can attend the main opening session, switch to the satellite financial forum and then, if desired, leave after lunch.

The 2012 MDS Conference will deliver many examples of energy saving products, systems and applications.

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