Emerson launched its Helix initiative dedicated to advancing research for the food sustainability, global heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industries.
Emerson and the industries we serve stand at the intersection of two of humanity’s most urgent goals – the need to improve quality of life for people around the globe, and the imperative that we must do so while reducing our impact on our environment. Together, these goals ensure that we drive progress for today and for the generations that come.
Emerson is committed to delivering innovations that help customers in energy, manufacturing and a wide range of other industries to advance both of these critical goals. We provide technologies that help our customers reduce energy use, build new efficiencies into plant operations, reduce food waste and get the most from finite resources.
If we operate more reliably and more efficiently, we can both improve quality of life and reduce environmental impact. It’s a cornerstone of Emerson’s business, and a philosophy that we embrace throughout our own operations.
Emerson Innovations Reduce Energy Consumption and Waste
Across our business units, Emerson’s core mission is to deliver solutions that enable our customers to operate at peak efficiency and performance. We help customers to maximize reliability, reduce energy costs, automate processes and avoid unexpected issues.
It’s no accident that all of these things also benefit all of us. Energy efficiency and reduced waste mean that the goods that we need are produced with less of an impact on the environment and fewer natural resources. These efficiencies are good for business, and they also help our customers improve their environmental stewardship.
Emerson’s products and services address the world’s environmental challenges in five ways:
Following are a few examples of meaningful Emerson innovation at work for customers and society:
Driving industrywide innovation to improve efficiency
In April 2016, Emerson launched its Helix initiative, including the opening of The Helix Innovation Center, an industry-first, $35 million facility dedicated to advancing research for the global heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry. The Helix Innovation Center will focus on advancing HVACR ideas from concept to prototype in 90 days or less, generating new opportunities to increase our health and comfort while also reducing energy consumption and environmental impact. To achieve these goals, Emerson will collaborate with customers, HVACR industry partners and competitors as well as experts from other industries who can bring new perspectives to specific challenges.
Helping utilities to integrate renewable and traditional energy sources
Wind and solar energy sources are renewable and environmentally friendly, but they’re also variable, meaning that they don’t always generate enough energy to meet our needs. To address that challenge, utilities must switch back and forth between renewable and traditional resources at a moment’s notice. Emerson is helping customers to manage this dramatic change to our power grid by providing remote monitoring of equipment to maximize reliability of energy generation. Even as they expand renewable energy use, Duke Energy has achieved more than $15 million in maintenance savings through use of Emerson’s predictive system that monitors all plant assets and identifies potential problems before they occur.
Grinding to turn food waste into renewable energy
Food waste disposal is a substantial societal challenge today, representing the single largest source of landfill waste and a significant producer of greenhouse gases. But with household garbage disposers and upgraded technology at waste water treatment plants, food waste can be recycled into energy. After a two-year-plus pilot program between the City of Philadelphia and Emerson’s InSinkErator, the city saw a 34 percent reduction in food waste in participating households. Philadelphia now requires food waste disposers in all new residential construction, while Emerson has expanded efforts to help supermarkets, restaurants and others in the food service industry to adopt similar recycling efforts through its Grind2Energy initiative.
Improving plant operations to deliver cleaner coal-fired power
Longview Power’s 700-megawatt coal power plant in Maidsville, West Virginia, was beset with frequent outages and poor performance. Emerson contributed to a massive turnaround at the plant by providing automation technologies and services to help deliver enough reliable, affordable electricity to power more than 500,000 homes. These improvements not only dramatically improved plant performance and production, but also turned the facility into one of the cleanest, most efficient coal-fired plants in the United States. Today the plant produces 15 percent fewer carbon dioxide emissions than the average U.S. coal-fired power plant.
Cruising to energy efficiency
Fuel is the single largest operating cost for Carnival Cruise Lines. Thanks to Emerson’s Therm-O-Disc power meter technology, Carnival Cruise Lines is now able to monitor diesel fuel consumption for each of its ships to improve energy efficiency. Therm-O-Disc power meters with WirelessHART® connectivity are installed on diesel engines for each of Carnival’s approximately 90 cruise ships which help measure engine output and ensure optimum performance for power generation. The monitoring solution is part of a broad efficiency initiative by Carnival, which according to Carnival resulted in 24 percent improvement in fuel efficiency and $2.5 billion in cost savings.
Serving up fresh food with a side of energy savings
Refrigeration is a major expense for most restaurants, but performance is critical to maintaining quality ingredients. When a North American restaurant chain sought to improve efficiency and reliability of its walk-in coolers, a field test of Emerson’s Copeland Scroll® compressors accounted for approximately 35 percent annual energy savings when compared to its legacy technology units. At the same time, built-in diagnostic equipment allowed for faster identification of potential concerns and maintenance needs, helping the chain to avoid potential outages.
Emerson tracks its impact on the environment in a number of ways, including measuring emissions into the atmosphere, water consumption and energy use associated with our manufacturing operations. View Emerson's 2015 Greenhouse Gas, Water and Energy Use.