South Shore Millwork, located in Norton, MA makes custom architectural millwork for some of the most prominent and luxury residential and corporate projects across New England and the country. South Shore’s facility, totaling 80,000 sq. ft, is made up of office spaces, secondary spaces and a large workshop.
Ecogate Dealer Energy Source put together a turnkey Ecogate installation for the facility with the goal of reducing electricity use.
The new system includes Ecogate activity sensors that indicate which machines need dust collection in real-time, automatic blast gates that open and close to direct airflow exactly where it’s needed, a Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) that controls the speed of the dust collection fan to provide exactly the right air volume at any given point of time, and the Ecogate greenBOX MASTER intelligent controller to that ties everything together.
By dynamically reducing the air volume in response to machine needs, the system slows down the dust collection fan, resulting in an approximately 60% energy use reduction.
The results speak for themselves: South Shore Millwork saves approximately $50,000 annually on electricity, and the system will pay for itself in less than two years.
A recent issue of the UK’s Panel, Wood & Solid Surface magazine featured a nice write-up about the installation of a new dust extraction system at Auditoria Services in Rotherham, UK by Dust Control Systems Ltd. (DCS) – complete with an Ecogate control system.
Auditoria was consuming over 93,000 kWh of electricity per year and, with electricity costs rising year on year, the option to invest in the Ecogate system and reduce power consumption by at least half was a no-brainer for Auditoria.
The report examines the opportunities for improving global energy efficiency to 2040, and finds that efficiency gains alone could allow the world to extract twice as much economic value from the energy it uses compared to today. Doing so would reduce energy bills for consumers by more than $500 billion dollars per year, lower energy imports and cut air pollution in cities – a key issue for many countries.
Per the report, industry could produce nearly twice as much value per unit of energy by 2040 through efficiency improvements. However, to realize these opportunities, average annual energy efficiency investment would need to double to 2025 and then double again to 2040. Per the report, all the needed investment opportunities are highly cost-effective and would bring significant economic benefits.