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Having a clear understanding of the potential positive impact of load optimisation and how it can maximise your business's output required you to gather energy use intelligence, for example:

  • Understanding your electrical systems and associated manufacturing processes.
  • Knowing your energy needs.
  • Recognising where and when your energy is used for any given period.
  • Investigating the latest technologies and process developments for your operation.
  • Analysing how to reduce your energy investment costs e.g. new supply points.
  • Considering how your energy use patterns can be shifted from peak to off-peak time-of-use periods and/or standard periods.
  • Consider how your seasonal energy use patterns can be managed.
  • Managing the constraints on your systems to optimise energy usage.

Eskom's Energy Advisors specialise in assisting customers to gather intelligence and understand their energy needs, which help to:

  • Determine how much additional capacity you need in a specific operation; and
  • How to restructure or trim your current demand to free up capacity to grow you operation.

 Opportunities for load optimisation

  • Regular maintenance and improved system design: Wear and tear and lack of maintenance can cause your systems to become inefficient - a load profile audit can help you to identify potential areas of improvement as well as possible upgrade options.   
  • Power factor correction: Adding and managing it properly can free up capacity for you to use for other operations. 
  • Load shifting: A load profile audit can hope to identify opportunities to switch off unnecessary equipment or processes during certain times of the day or shift load from peak to off peak and/or standard periods to help free up capacity. 
  • More efficient systems: A load profile audit can help you to identify opportunities where installing or retrofitting energy efficient technologies can help to free up capacity.  Read more>>> on Solution summary.

 

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