“Collaboration is at the core of our business, and actualizing sustainability is what drives us,” explains James Hynd, CEO of Energy Drive. Describing “actualizing sustainability,” Hynd explains that a “direct result of the energy savings we deliver is the reduction of CO2, which contributes to our clients’ sustainability targets, specifically carbon-reduction targets.” As a result, Energy Drive operates as a resource to energy-intensive industries, helping with their response to operational outputs and sustainability targets driven by investment committees.
The ventilation system’s operational parameters have been remodeled to leverage the advanced capabilities of Rockwell Automation’s PowerFlex® 6000T variable-frequency drives. Through optimized control of fan speed and air circulation, this new approach has resulted in an average energy saving of 62% in one shaft and 48% in the other, with another shaft soon to be commissioned.
Engineers anticipate that the three upgrades will eventually deliver a total energy saving of about 360 GWh over the term of the contract - equivalent to removing 5,000 South African homes from the grid every month. Notably, it will save 379,000 tons of carbon over the period, while significantly reducing water and coal consumption.
Thomas Malomane, power control business manager, Africa, at Rockwell Automation, explained: “A large proportion of global energy is consumed by electric motors, with HVAC applications accounting for a significant part of this. Many motor-based solutions are either running without any form of motor control or are using outdated technology and practices that do not offer contemporary efficiency capabilities. Our PowerFlex range of variable-speed drives undergoes continual development to address modern demands and is a core solution for reducing energy consumption across a huge variety of applications globally.”
Volatile energy prices compounded by global sustainability initiatives have delivered the perfect justification for greater energy efficiency; and significant savings can be made with the correct deployment of motor control solutions. In most cases, the purchase cost of a motor is eclipsed by its lifetime running costs, so any means to keep running costs down will not only deliver faster payback, but also help users to address ever-more stringent ESG targets.
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About Energy Drive
Energy Drive partners with companies from a range of energy-intensive industries to actualize their energy-related sustainability goals. Using variable speed drives to reduce our clients’ energy consumption and achieve more efficient operations, we also lower energy-related business costs. We achieve this by removing the barriers to energy optimization by taking on the risk and staying invested with our clients for the long term. By purchasing the required equipment, installing it, and ensuring that it runs effectively for as long as it’s on a client’s site, we have found an innovative, fully engineered, turnkey sustainability solution executed via a zero-Capex service contract.
Sibanye-Stillwater is a multinational mining and metals processing Group with a diverse portfolio of mining and processing operations and projects and investments across five continents. The Group is also one of the foremost global PGM auto catalytic recyclers and has interests in leading mine tailings retreatment operations.
Sibanye-Stillwater has established itself as one of the world’s largest primary producers of platinum, palladium, and rhodium and is also a top tier gold producer. It produces other PGMs, such as iridium and ruthenium, along with chrome, copper and nickel as by-products. The Group has recently begun to build and diversify its asset portfolio into battery metals mining and processing and is increasing its presence in the circular economy by growing and diversifying its recycling and tailings reprocessing operations globally. For more information, refer to www.sibanyestillwater.com.