ABB publishes new Energy Efficiency handbook for fossil-fueled power plants

ABB Press Release - December 8, 2009
ABB publishes new Energy Efficiency handbook
for fossil-fueled power plants
Manual focuses on energy efficiency, increased plant output and emission reduction
Las Vegas, Nevada, December 8, 2009 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group,
has published a 360-page manual entitled Energy Efficient Design of Auxiliary Systems in Fossil-Fuel
Power Plants. It targets the power generation sector and highlights technologies that increase energy
efficiency and plant output while reducing the CO2 emissions that are a byproduct.
About 70 percent of the world’s power plants use fossil fuels like coal, natural gas or oil to generate
electrical power. Increased global awareness of greenhouse gas emissions and the climate change
challenge make the new manual a timely reference book.
Auxiliary systems form a major part of a power plant’s operations and include power consuming
applications like pumps, fans, motors, drives, and electrical balance of plant, as well as instrumentation,
control and optimization systems. These systems typically consume between seven and 15 percent of the
power generated by a fossil-fuel power plant.
The manual is comprised of design and engineering guidelines to improve energy efficiency in each part
of a facility, both in new and existing plants. Several case studies are also provided and an entire module
is devoted to costs, benefits and estimated return on investment for the various technologies.
“This manual draws on ABB’s century-long track record and experience, which is reflected in our
extensive global installed base in the power generation sector,” said Franz-Josef Mengede, head of
ABB’s global Power Generation business. “We need to take a holistic approach to energy efficiency, plant
productivity and emission reduction. This manual focuses on design, engineering and technology to
facilitate such an approach.”
For copies of this manual, contact an ABB account manager or the Marketing Department for ABB Power
Generation in North America at:
The announcement was made today at PowerGen International 2009, a major power generation
conference held this week in Las Vegas.
ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry
customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies
operates in around 100 countries and employs about 120,000 people. The company's North American
operations, headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, employ about 15,000 people in 20 manufacturing and
other major facilities.