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Schneider moves into the dedicated HVAC drives market

23 March 2011

Schneider Electric has bolstered its leading energy management portfolio with a new drive targeted at HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) applications. Part of the Altivar variable speed drives range, the ATV212 is specifically engineered for building HVAC systems, which are estimated to account for 50% of all energy consumed within this sector.

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 with most VSDs, thanks 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 available in either IP21 or IP55 protected formats, 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 systems without the need for additional hardware.

 
The ATV212 has been developed with safety in mind, and features a fire mode function for smoke extraction motor applications. A damper control function also ensures that the motor does not start when dampers are incorrectly positioned.
 
The new ATV212 is a user-friendly drive, with a universal graphic keypad option offering a plain English text display for easier set-up and fault diagnosis. Other useful features include Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity through Schneider Electric’s SoMove software suite, enabling remote configuration and control.
 


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