|Dr. Alex Mardapittas, managing director EMS receiving the Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Innovation of the Year Award for Powerstar MAX from Nick Clegg, deputy prime minister and Jon Culshaw comedian.|
Powerstar MAX, which is specifically designed for sites with high levels of voltage fluctuation and volatility, won the prestigious award ahead of entries from fellow finalists Q8 Oils and Premier Farnell.
In addition to the energy savings, carbon reduction, phase balancing, harmonic filtration and transient protection offered by EMS’s standard Powerstar system, the Powerstar MAX offers electronic-dynamic optimisation to ensure the optimum voltage is always supplied to a site.
Additional features include, the capability to change the voltage remotely at any time, constant voltage output - regardless of the incoming voltage - no moving parts, which means no maintenance costs, protection against voltage spikes, independent three phase control - to provide voltage phase balancing - and an intelligent interface to track product and site performance in real time.
Manufactured in the UK, all the components for the system are sourced in the UK. Powerstar MAX is also the only voltage optimisation system in the world to be granted a patent on its design.
The new technology does not supersede the original Powerstar system but offers an alternative solution to businesses whose site characteristics are unsuited to fixed voltage optimisation.
Powerstar MAX can help companies save up to 26.1% on electricity consumption, as the dynamic new solution features advanced technology to automatically adjust voltage output and maintain it at the optimum level. This makes Powerstar MAX ideal for sites with critical equipment, such as hospitals or data centres, and sites which suffer from an unstable supply.
In such cases businesses can achieve up to 50% more savings through the electronic Powerstar MAX system than any standard fixed voltage optimisation solution.
With worsening power quality issues nationwide and the average power supplied by the National Grid exceeding the recommended operating voltages - for much of the plant, as well as machinery and equipment used - the launch of Powerstar MAX is particularly relevant in
the UK as it optimises the voltage in line with the characteristics and loading of each specific site through electronic-dynamic variable reduction.
EMS is the UK’s most experienced manufacturer of voltage optimisation systems, having already successfully installed solutions for Whitbread, Asda, the NHS, Transport for London, Holiday Inn and Mothercare, amongst others.
Alex Mardapittas, managing director at EMS commented, “As a Yorkshire based company, we are delighted to have won the Innovation Award at the Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards. Powerstar MAX represents the next generation of voltage optimisation systems. Not only does it provide companies with a quick, easy to install solution for reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, but our acclaimed, project led approach ensures that the optimum solution is always installed for every customer.”
Powerstar MAX® is the registered trademark of EMSc (UK) Ltd.
Can save up to 26.1% of electricity consumption.
Is fully designed and manufactured in the UK. All Powerstar components, including even minor items such as the paint, are sourced from UK manufacturers. The Powerstar design and any associated software are designed by EMSc UK Limited.
Requires no maintenance and has a 15 year warranty.
Is an approved energy savings system and may qualify for an interest-free Energy Efficiency Loan from the Carbon Trust.
Comes with guaranteed savings.
Will improve the life expectancy of electrical equipment.
Will improve the power quality (reduce harmonics and improve the power factor).
Has the highest efficiency and provides better savings than any other voltage optimisation system sold in the UK. This has been proven in independent tests (on the same load and same voltage reduction), head to head with similar competitive systems. In these tests Powerstar achieved:
Significantly higher energy savings (up to 13% more)
Reduced harmonics by 88% more than competitive systems
Running significantly cooler than competitive systems. (While Powerstar operated at normal ambient temperatures, competitive systems were operating at nearly 70°C).
The EMS team has over 150 years combined experience in designing and manufacturing special transformers and the Powerstar design is a direct result of this experience.
2010 - Winners of the Yorkshire Forward Innovator/10: Innovation in Action Award
2006 - Winners of the CARE4AIR AWARD
2006 & 2004 SMART Award for Innovation