Save Money and Protect Equipment
Building upon our proven success with electric utilities, GridBridge has modified its utility offering into a solution that can also directly benefit end users who consume moderate to high volumes of electricity. By deploying a GridBridge Energy Router (GER) and harnessing its conservation voltage reduction capability 24/7 end users can make their operations more profitable. The GER now brings a “localized” version of that same utility-grade capability directly to end users seeking to reduce their electricity usage.
Voltage Levels Impact Your Operation Because of the way that the electrical distribution grid is designed, unfortunately most customers are inherently getting electric service (a.k.a. voltage) that is higher than required for their electric equipment to operate at optimal efficiency. Moreover, the delivered voltage also typically fluctuates significantly throughout the day. The chart above uses data from a location where the Energy Router was installed. It illustrates these two problems and how the GER can address them through regulation. In the chart the red line represents the voltage supplied to a customer from the grid over a one-week period. The blue line demonstrates the consistent and corrected voltage level being supplied to the customer out of a GER after regulation.
Regulating Voltage Lowers Electricity Costs Utilities have been using the practice of conservation voltage reduction (CVR) on their grids for many years to reduce power demand during select periods of the day by reducing voltage for everyone on a particular distribution line. The GER now brings that same utility-grade capability directly to end users seeking to reduce their electricity usage. Using the Grid Energy Router’s CVR capability has consistently reduced customers’ electricity consumption and demand charges by 10% to 15%. Depending on consumption levels and electricity rates, the electric bill cost savings can typically deliver a very attractive payback for users of 3–5 years or better.
Regulating Voltage Extends Equipment Life It’s known that improper voltage often stresses the winding in electrical motors of common equipment, including fans and HVAC, causing them to wear faster. While grid voltage levels commonly average between 122V to 124V per leg, the electric motors operating on farms and in businesses typically carry nameplates with voltage ratings/specifications closer to 115V per leg. GridBridge’s Energy Router has the capability to align voltage with the voltage specified by equipment nameplates. As a result, your equipment receives consistent voltage at a level that makes it run more efficiently. The benefits are substantial: your equipment lasts longer; your team spends less time on equipment repair and replacement; and your operation has less downtime due to voltage-related motor failure.
Voltage Regulation Is Easy to Manage Electric cost savings and longer equipment life are valuable, but less so if achieving them requires lots of scarce time for management and maintenance. For this reason, the GER is intentionally designed to be “set and forget.” The equipment does not require interaction or continuous management after install. The GER can be easily mounted alongside your power panels so that you can control voltage and power quality for a multi-component operation from a central installation point or electrical service entrance.