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SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC Launches HVAC Dedicated Drive

Schneider Electric, the global specialists in energy management, is expanding its range of Altivar Variable Speed Drives (VSDs) with the introduction of the ATV212 specifically engineered for building HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) applications.

With 50 per cent of all energy used for HVAC operation in a typical building, the new ATV212 helps organisations to address the energy consumption of dedicated pumps and fans, improving the performance of the system. The new device features energy adaptation technology which optimises energy usage within the process by monitoring the flux in the motor and adjusting its output to meet precise needs for maximum energy efficiency. It also generates 30 per cent less harmonics compared to most VSDs due to its C-less power technology, reducing power inefficiencies.

The ATV212 is available from 0.75kW up to 75 kW for 380 – 480V three phase systems and 0.75kW to 30kW for 200 – 240V three phase systems. The drive is IP21or IP55 rated, helping to provide protection against dust and moisture ingress and features a motor noise reduction function making it suitable for use with pumps and fans located in occupied rooms or public areas.

Offering open communications, the ATV212 is embedded with Modbus, BacNET, Apogee and Metasys allowing easy connection to most Building Management System (BMS) without the need for additional hardware.

Schneider Electric has developed the ATV212 with safety in mind featuring a fire mode function for motors used for smoke extraction applications. In addition a damper control function ensures the motor does not start when dampers are not in the correct position.

The new ATV212 is also more user-friendly with a universal graphic keypad option which offers a plain English text display making set-up and fault diagnosis easier with its simple-to-use structured menu. This also makes the device fully compatible with other solutions in Schneider Electric’s VSD offer.

Management benefits include Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity through Schneider Electric’s SoMove software suite, enabling remote configuration and control.

Paul Pryor, Schneider Electric’s drives product manager, says: “In the development of the ATV212 we have looked to integrate more functions dedicated to HVAC applications, which will offer flexibility, safety, openness and user-friendly features. Working on the principle of variable torque within pumps and fans, our latest variable speed drive helps commercial users to address their energy consumption needs for motors used in fluid applications, helping them to maximise energy and cost savings.”

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