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All posts tagged 'VFDs'

Check out all of the posts tagged with 'VFDs' below. If you still can't find what you are looking for, try using the search box.

Energy Efficiency in Water & Wastewater

Pumps & Systems, Sep. 2015, by Jeff Bergman.

"VFDs [Variable Frequency Drives] can reduce energy consumption and water loss in variable pumping systems."

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Is a VFD a Cost-Effective Option for Your Application?

Pumps & Systems, July 2015, by Mark Berube.

"While variable frequency drive (VFD) technology can significantly increase system efficiency by controlling pump speed, not every application requires a VFD. To determine when to apply this technology, end users must conduct detailed calculations to verify the cost-effectiveness of using a VFD."

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VFD Trends and Solutions for Drive Systems

Plant Engineering, June 2015, by Alex Ward.

"The increase in variable frequency drive (VFD) installations across the globe has meant that drives are being applied in more challenging system environments. Not only is the environment challenging, but drives also have a few inherited issues that can limit the overall system performance. Harmonics mitigation, filtering voltage spikes are two key issues."

Medical Data Center Controls Uptime, Energy With Variable-Frequency Drives

HPAC Engineering, Mar. 2015, by DANFOSS.

A "From the Field: Design Solutions" column, provided by the manufacturer, Danfoss.
"At a medical data center in the upper Midwest, cooling-system uptime reliability is ensured with redundant computer-room air-conditioning (CRAC) units. For example, in a room needing eight units, 10 are employed. Drives cut energy use 40 percent by controlling HVAC fan speed on CRAC units."

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Energy Trust [OR] Lends a Hand with Irrigation Efficiency

Capital Press, Feb. 9, 2015, by Lacey Jarrell.

"More consistent water application [using variable frequency drives] can mean greater water and power savings for large- or small-scale farmers."

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Evaluating Power-Demand Reduction With VFD-Controlled Systems

Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning, Aug. 2014, by Alexander L. Burd and Galina S. Burd.

Discusses the "the impact of relative dynamic-pressure losses and other factors on overall power demand and energy savings."

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Evaluating Power-Demand Reduction With VFD-Controlled Systems

Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning, July 2014, by Alexander L. Burd and Galina S. Burd.

"This article considers the impact of relative dynamic pressure losses and other factors on overall power demand and energy savings in various systems."

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Determine Total Cost of Ownership When Selecting Medium-Voltage Drives (Part 2)

Pumps & Systems, Jun. 2014, by Mark W. Harshman.

"Part One of this two-part series (Pumps & Systems, May 2014) explained how factors other than initial purchase price work together to generate the total cost of ownership (TCO) for medium-voltage variable frequency drives (VFDs). Part Two discusses what creates high reliability in a medium-voltage VFD."

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VFD, Motor Strategies for Energy Efficiency

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Jan./Feb. 2014, by John Yoon, PE, LEED AP.

"A variable frequency drive (VFD) often is specified to save money by reducing energy consumption in pumps, fans, compressors, or any other motor loads that may be found in a typical building. These best practices will provide the engineer with information on how to specify a VFD to meet load conditions while achieving efficiency."

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