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    Reducing power consumption by nearly 70%

    The upgrade of the freeway tunnel ventilation system delivers strong business and environmental benefits by significantly improving energy efficiency and reducing noise levels.

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    EcoStruxure Plant & Machine

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    EastLink: Customer Story Key Figures

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    • Green earth icon Carbon footprint reduced by 9,000 tons a year
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      EastLink achieves 70% energy savings and significant reduction in noise levels with their EcoStruxure upgrade.

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    The Challenge

    10-year old EastLink freeway tunnels run beneath the environmentally sensitive Mullum Mullum Valley. As such, ventilation of vehicle emissions in the area requires special attention. EastLink wanted to:

    • Improve the ventilation system in the freeway tunnels to increase energy efficiency
    • Reduce noise levels from the ventilation stacks
    • Reduce unnecessary wear and tear on the components
    • Minimize disruption to traffic during the upgrade
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    The Solution

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    Edge Control: Modicon M580 PLCs, AVEVA’s Citect SCADA*
    Connected Products: Altivar Process drives

    • Energy audit that identified areas for significant savings

    • EcoStruxure Plant & Machine solution integrated with AVEVA industrial software that brings together automation, connectivity, and software for real-time control and visibility of EastLink’s on-demand ventilation system

    * The Schneider Electric industrial software business and AVEVA have merged to trade as AVEVA Group plc, a UK listed company. The Schneider Electric and Life is On trademarks are owned by Schneider Electric and are being licensed to AVEVA by Schneider Electric.
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    The Results

    • Energy consumption has been reduced by almost 70%
    • The carbon footprint has been reduced by 9,000 tons per year
    • The audible noise from ventilation stacks has been halved, as confirmed by noise measurements, improving the quality of life for local residents
    • The EcoStruxure Plant & Machine upgrade helped EastLink earn the highest 5-star GRESB sustainability rating 
    • The solution has created the first on-demand tunnel ventilation system in Australia and one of only a few in the world
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    “The outcome exceeded our expectations, which meant reduced power consumption, reduced carbon footprint, reduced noise emissions, and the ability to go into the future without any adaptations to the system.”

    Ian Oxworth, Project Director, EastLink