Power controller helps buildings manage power consumption

ABB is helping commercial and industrial buildings optimise power consumption with the Emax 2 Ekip Power Controller, a load management software. It is an exclusive option of the new Emax 2, a smart low voltage air circuit breaker that has been recognized by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) – a rating system for green buildings.

To manage energy consumption, the Emax 2 Ekip Power Controller switches electricity supply off to non-essential equipment and back on again as soon as acceptable power levels are reached. Intelligent decision making is achieved with software that uses complex algorithms to decide when it is appropriate to switch the power, while maintaining the overall functionality or productivity of the connected equipment.

Giampiero Frisio, head of ABB’s Breakers and Switches business unit, said “Buildings can take advantage of intelligent load reduction – especially during peak times – when power demand can result in excessive fees or even blackouts. We have developed a tool for potential customers to establish the savings this technology can deliver – our Emax 2 Ekip Power Controller calculator.

“Replacing existing traditional breakers with the Emax 2 has the potential to achieve annual savings of 5.8 million megawatt-hours (MWh). This is the equivalent electric consumption of 1.4 million European households per year.”

The ABB Low Voltage Products’ new technical centre in Bergamo, Italy, is already reaping the benefits from the Emax 2 Ekip Power Controller. The new building, which is equipped with advanced automation technology systems, is able to reduce power consumption during high-demand hours with ABB’s Emax 2 Ekip Power Controller.

As a result, utility costs are significant lowered and estimated to save the company US$14,000 ($16,900) annually.