Emerson Introduced Smart Energy Initiative

Author: Spencer Ogden
Date posted25/Oct/2011
Author: Spencer Ogden

Emerson Process Management has introduced the Smart Energy Initiative, a global program designed to enable customers to leverage more renewable fuels, lower energy costs, and reduce emissions. Emerson’s new Industrial Energy Group will specifically focus on modernizing and improving onsite utilities that provide steam and electricity (powerhouses).


Emerson Process Management president Steve Sonnenberg, says, “With industrial manufacturers consuming an estimated 50 percent of the world’s energy, combined with rising fossil fuel prices and global mandates for reduced emissions, our customers need more than incremental efficiencies in energy management. With our Smart Energy Initiative, Emerson is introducing a fundamentally new platform that can change energy economics globally
Emerson’s integrated technology platform is built on its True BTU technology, which calculates the BTU values of fuel sources to make energy production predictable and repeatable.

Chip Rennie, Emerson’s director of Industrial Energy, notes, “Our True BTU Combustion Control platform reinvents the current model of combustion management, which has been around since the 1920s and is still in practice today. This brings about nothing short of a reinvention of combustion models, which will make the prevalent use of low-cost fuels like biomass achievable and sustainable.”

Emerson’s suite of software, combined with field control technologies, enables the powerhouse to use the most available and affordable renewable or waste fuels to create steam to power their operations.  Modernizing industrial powerhouses for greater sustainability not only reduces energy costs but also helps companies reduce emissions and meet global regulatory mandates.

According to the International Energy Outlook 2010 report, renewable energy is expected to grow by nearly two percent annually.

As Chip Rennie explains, “Improving energy efficiency at a customer site by just one to two percent can translate into hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings, and substituting a waste fuel for a purchased fuel can save millions of dollars annually. Opportunities like these are now too big to ignore. We look forward to helping our customers bring their powerhouse facilities up to 21st century performance standards.”