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News from the Field | automation update INTECH MAY/JUNE 2019 9 production site. The technological centerpiece of the entire system in Luedenscheid is the scalable energy management system OPTI- MAX from the ABB Ability Energy Management Suite. OPTIMAX provides for the constant surveillance and optimal control of energy production, consumption, and storage, and operates largely autonomously. This learning system calculates the optimal energy flow on the basis of predictive data and compensates for deviations in real time. Aside from the energy management system and the photovol- taic system with inverters, the entire system brings together other ABB technologies that are digitally interconnected. These include smart switchgear for energy distribution, a battery energy stor- age system, and ABB charging points where staff and visitors can charge their electric vehicles free of charge. ■ 630 After a two-year design and construction phase, as part of its "Mission to Zero," ABB has opened its first CO 2 -neutral pro- duction site in Luedenscheid, Germany. As a visible sign of intent, the company is commissioning a so- lar power plant at its Busch-Jaeger subsidiary. The installed ABB technology will generate enough power on sunny days to cover 100 percent of the factory's power requirements. The site is pro- jected to save about 630 tons of CO 2 a year. The photovoltaic system, which measures 3,500 square me- ters and is installed over the car parks on the company premises, will deliver about 1,100 MWh of climate-neutral solar power a year—approximately the annual requirement of 3,360 private households. In combination with a cogeneration plant that oper- ates with double the energy efficiency of a coal-fired power plant, about 14 percent more energy can be generated than is needed at the site. The surplus power is fed into the public grid, contributing to the region's power supply with sustainably produced energy. To cover peaks in demand, additional green energy is sourced from MVV Energie AG, which guarantees 100 percent CO 2 -neutral production. MVV and ABB signed a partnership agreement in April that focused on shared solutions for the sustainable improvement of energy efficiency in industry, medium-sized companies, and "smart city" municipalities. Over half of ABB's worldwide revenues are generated by tech- nologies that help industry combat the causes of climate change, and many of those technologies have been used on this flagship Automation by the Numbers 537 At its annual Innova- tors' Meeting held this year in France, the Endress+Hauser Group claimed a company record of 537 patents granted in 2018. The company said it submitted 287 initial patents in 2018— another record. Endress+Hauser owns nearly 7,800 active intellectual property rights worldwide and cites its 309 inven- tion disclosures in 2018 as a sign of the company's ongoing innovation. Roughly one-third of the 2018 patent filings are related to the Industrial Internet of Things, digital communications, and instrument diagnostics, released under the motto #empow erthefield. Each invention undergoes a multistage internal evaluation process before sub- mission to the patent office, usually within four months. To handle the stream, in 2016 an internal patent department was created in the U.S. Four specialists in Greenwood, Ind., are responsible for protecting the tech- nical innovations, handling all pat- ent filings from the group companies located in the U.S., and handling up to 80 percent of the overseas filings. ■

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