INDUSTRY NEWS: posted 23 November 2017

PRESS RELEASE:  United Kingdom - ebm-papst UK Ltd were euphoric to be presented with the prestigious “Partners in Facilities Technology” Award at the PFM (Premises & Facilities Management) Awards which were held in London earlier this month. 

The Award was presented for ebm-papst’s participation with the UBS Data Centre Energy Technology Project, partnering with both CBRE and Vertiv™.

The 2017 PFM Awards featured 17 categories.  There were record number of entries this year - with some categories receiving four times the number of entries than in previous years – and the Awards ceremony was hosted by TV and Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine.

Finalists were able to demonstrate how their partners have achieved their business, property and FM goals through Partnership, Innovation, Achievement and Sustainability.

James Cooper, Product Manager for ebm-papst UK said, “This partnership project was an excellent example of how retrofitting or upgrading from AC to EC technology can impact on energy, carbon and CO2 reduction. The UBS project was a hugely successful collaboration between the three organisations and a testament to the expertise and technical skills of the project management teams.”

ebm-papst, collaborated with CBRE and Vertiv™ to review energy efficiency at three of Global Banking Group UBS’s London-based data centres.  ebm-papst undertook an initial site survey to review the types of CRAC units being used and the potential solutions that were needed, along with an estimation of the payback period. The units that were in place before the project were chilled water with an optional switch to lower performance and utilised AC fan technology.  In order to improve efficiency, ebm-papst recommended upgrading the equipment with EC fan technology.  Based on the survey results a trial was then agreed on a single 10UC and 14UC CRAC unit to establish actual performance and energy savings. Data was logged before the upgrade and again once the trial units were converted from AC to EC.

Since completion, significant savings have been made:

  • Energy saving –10,657 MWh
  • Financial saving -£667,836
  • 2 saving – 5,229 tonnes

The Electronically Commutated (EC) fans from ebm-papst have continued to deliver energy savings, through increased reliability, resulting in a reduced maintenance burden for CBRE and UBS.  Read more here

The Partners in Facilities Technology Award recognised the growing importance of technology solutions that lead to greater business efficiency and technology solutions that gain business advantage.

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About ebm-papst:
The ebm-papst Group is the world's leading manufacturer of fans and motors. Since its foundation, the technology company has continuously set global market standards. Developments have ranged from electronically controlled EC fans, through aerodynamic improvements of fan blades, and on to the resource-conserving selection of materials, with sustainable materials being just one option.
In fiscal year 2015/16, the company achieved sales of almost €1.7 billion. ebm-papst employs approximately 13,000 people at 25 production sites (in Germany, China, the UnitedStates and elsewhere) and in 49 sales offices worldwide. Fans and motors from the global market leader can be found in many industries, including ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration, household appliances, heating, automobiles and drive engineering.
For more information about ebm-papst please visit their website www.ebmpapst.co.uk or contact:

Luke Tanner, Commercial & Marketing Co-Ordinator on +44 (0) 1245 456565 or by emailing luke.tanner@uk.ebmpapst.com

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