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dc.contributor.authorDu Plessis, Gideon Edgar
dc.contributor.authorLiebenberg, Leon
dc.contributor.authorMathews, Edward Henry
dc.identifier.citationDu Plessis, G.E. et al. 2013. The use of variable speed drives for cost–effective energy savings in South African mine cooling systems. Applied energy, 111:16-27. []en_US
dc.description.abstractAn industrial energy efficiency improvement through the introduction of modern technology is an important demand-side management initiative. Cooling systems on South African mines have been identified as large electricity consumers. There is significant potential for energy efficiency improvement by the widespread introduction of variable speed drive (VSD) technology. An energy audit was conducted on 20 large mine cooling systems and potential savings and feasibility indicators were calculated. A pilot implementation study was also done on one mine to experimentally validate the estimated savings. In this paper, the results of the audit, the potential savings and the pilot study results are presented. It is shown that large-scale implementation of VSDs on mine cooling system pumps and fans is economically viable. A total annual electrical energy saving of 144,721 MW h, or 32.2%, can be achieved. An annual cost saving of US$6,938,148 and CO2 emissions reduction of 132 Mton is possible. The implementation of VSDs on mine chiller compressors will also result in large energy savings, but is not economically feasible at present. Results of the pilot study indicate an electricity savings of 29.9%. The results are important to decision makers and indicate the significant impact that widespread VSD usage on mine cooling systems can have on South African mine sustainabilityen_US
dc.subjectVariable speed drivesen_US
dc.subjectmine cooling systemsen_US
dc.subjectenergy savingsen_US
dc.subjectemission reductionsen_US
dc.titleThe use of variable speed drives for cost–effective energy savings in South African mine cooling systemsen_US
dc.contributor.researchID12850071 - Liebenberg, Leon
dc.contributor.researchID10477438 - Mathews, Edward Henry
dc.contributor.researchID24046744 - Du Plessis, Gideon Edgar

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