SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Everactive, the category-defining batteryless Internet of Things (IoT) company, today announced it received Honorable Mention from the International District Energy Association (IDEA) Innovation Award 2021. The company was recognized for its real-time batteryless monitoring solution for steam trap management, through a project with the University of Virginia (UVA). The IDEA Innovation Award recognizes examples of technology, engineering and operational innovation within the district energy industry.
Everactive, working with UVA, conducted steam trap surveys over its 1,900 steam traps to locate and replace failed traps and reduce energy losses. UVA deployed 100 Everactive wireless and batteryless Steam Trap Monitor (STM) sensors to autonomously monitor and detect anomalies. Until Everative’s solution was in place, UVA would only conduct manual steam trap audits once a year.
“Our sensors detected 14 steam trap failures in real time, and had that detection occurred during UVA’s annual audit, based on the steam cost, the steam system pressure, and the steam trap orifice size, we can estimate a potential steam energy loss would have been of 19,923 MMBTUs with an energy cost of $126,013,” says Rafael Reyes, Director of Product Marketing at Everactive. “UVA was able to repair all 14 failed traps shortly after they were identified, resulting in a reduction of steam energy loss of 18,103 MMBTUs, a reduction of 953 tons of CO2 (equivalent to 107,186 gallons of gasoline consumed), and a reduction of $114,547 in energy cost.”
Reyes who also spoke at the IDEA 2021 conference adds, ”Combined, UVA saw a 90% reduction in steam energy loss, CO2 emissions and energy cost.” He stresses the importance of more industry-wide adoption of this technology because “this is a critical innovation for the industrial sector as the failure rate of steam traps in a large steam distribution system typically ranges from 5 to 25% depending on the level the traps are monitored and maintained.”
Since the deployment of Everactive’s STM sensors, UVA has reduced its operating cost by $28,147/year resulting in a return of investment (ROI) of 29%. UVA is planning to expand Everactive’s wireless batteryless monitoring technology beyond steam distribution and into terminal equipment as well as expanding into vibration monitoring with its Machine Health Monitor (MHM) solution.
In collaboration with its partners, Everactive delivers the most scalable and cost-effective digital transformation solutions. The company's proprietary low-power energy harvesting and wireless technology enables completely batteryless and always-on Internet of Things systems. Ruggedized for harsh industrial settings, Everactive Edge devices provide continuous insight into asset health across a range of equipment and throughout entire plants and facilities. The company has offices in Silicon Valley, Ann Arbor, and Charlottesville. For more information, please visit: www.everactive.com.