As part of its commitment to improving industrial energy efficiency in Egypt and achieving the SDGs ABB, the leading power and automation technology group; organized an online panel discussion (Webinar) in cooperation with Ezz Steel on Sunday, December 3rd, 2023, entitled "Steel Making: The Paradox of Reducing OPEX and Increasing Efficiency". The panel discussion brought together distinguished speakers mainly Engineer/Mohamed Ismail, Services Division Manager, Motion-Egypt, North & Central Africa, and Engineer/Ayman Abdullah, Will Rod Mill Maintenance Senior Manager EZDK.
The panel discussion provided a platform to address the challenges faced by industries in Egypt while exploring opportunities for sustainable development. It also addressed the increased cost incurred by companies due to the transition to more energy-efficient practices.
The panel discussion was inaugurated by Engineer Mohamed Ismail, who explained that ABB always plans to introduce more solutions and innovations in the field of electricity, whether within Egypt or Africa. This includes addressing challenges related to energy management, power outages, power quality, enhancing energy efficiency, and establishing smart cities capable of conserving energy consumption and supporting the targeted digital transformation to achieve sustainable development goals. He pointed out that since industrial electric motors are responsible for 45% of global electricity consumption, improving their efficiency could potentially reduce carbon emissions from energy consumption by up to 40%, especially as the number of motors is expected to double by 2040.
Engineer Ismail also revealed the most prominent energy-efficient digital solutions that "ABB" utilizes in its various projects, and noted that in 2016, ABB Global launched a smart sensor intelligent solution, which uses industrial Internet of Things technologies to constantly monitor low voltage electric motors via a smartphone or web app. He added that the Smart ABBAbilityTM Sensor, surpasses its rivalries with its ease of installation on almost any engine and its accuracy in data transfers Engine data such as; vibration, temperature, loads, and power consumption are monitored on a 24/7 basis and transferred to cloud servers, to be analyzed. This facilitates the operators' mission who can easily take quick preemptive actions once they receive any alerts of abnormal data deviation thus preventing any breakdowns in real-time.