ABB: Mr. Paltrinieri, can you please tell us about Energia Europa?
Gabriele Paltrinieri: Energia Europa was established in the late nineties by a group of engineers to design and build technology that enables energy efficiency and energy savings. Our flagship is E-Power, launched in 2011. This product is a smart-managed, hybrid, three-phase, passive inductive filter that improves energy quality and efficiency in all kinds of applications.
ABB: How does E-Power work?
GP: E-Power reduces the harmonics contribution, noise and losses on the power line; improves the crest and power factors; optimizes energy transmission; stabilizes the voltage; and reduces current spikes. E-Power is a single device and is installed preferably downstream of the low-voltage circuit breaker and upstream of the loads.
ABB: How does the ABB SACE Emax 2 fit into E-Power?
GP: ABB’s Emax 2 is fundamental for E-Power and performs two main functions: firstly, it ensures power supply continuity - isolating the machine in less than a millisecond in the event of a problem. Secondly, it allows the filter to be enabled and disabled, which allows a precise measurement of the energy saved.
ABB: Why choose Emax 2?
GP: Before Emax 2, we used other devices in the range. Short-circuit tests on Emax 2 convinced us of its potential. Also, its low-temperature derating value, and therefore high reliability, was important.
ABB: What other ABB products are installed inside E-Power?
GP: We also have ABB power contactors, magnetic protective components and automation controls - such as phase sequence and minimum and maximum voltage control – as well as an ABB supercapacitor set to help us through power blackouts.
ABB: How does ABB support you?
GP: ABB provides a high level of support and service, and is always available to discuss technical issues. Moreover, direct contact with ABB designers and manufacturers is crucial for effective troubleshooting.
ABB: How important is the collaboration with a worldwide group for you?
GP: Very important! It gives a sense of security to our distributors and end customers. Undoubtedly, the presence of a local service in every major market is a huge benefit.