DOE’s ANL Installs Power Measurement ION EEM System

August 29, 2005 by Jeff Shepard

The Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), a US Department of Energy (DOE) science and engineering research laboratory operated by the University of Chicago, is equipping its 1,500-acre research facilities with with an ION® enterprise energy management (EEM) system from Power Measurement Ltd. (Victoria, BC, Canada) to help control energy-related costs and improve reliability.

The new EEM system uses a network of advanced energy meters installed at all power substations, mains, and feeders to monitor the electricity supplied to Argonne's specialized research facilities, such as the Advanced Photon Source and the Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System. The ION 7600 and ION 7350 meters collect data on power quality, energy consumption, and breaker status throughout the distribution system, and provide the information to a centrally located workstation equipped with Power Measurement's ION Enterprise® energy management software.

From this web-enabled interface, Argonne's Plant Facilities and Services Division and its Utility Systems Department continuously track energy usage by facility, and can quickly identify any potentially disruptive power quality conditions that, if left unchecked, could otherwise result in equipment damage, downtime, and costly interruptions to power-sensitive research projects. With this framework in place, Argonne next plans to further enhance the facility's operational effectiveness by using the new system to allocate costs by process.