California’s Vortex Brands Co. is preparing a pilot program in Detroit to improve electric consumption efficiency. The company will provide as a service multipurpose Phase Angle Synchronization (PAS) equipment to electric utilities nationwide.
The PAS technology is designed to address inefficient power consumption caused by electric motors. Exact facilities were not disclosed.
“We are pleased to announce that we are meeting with a group of energy experts next week that have mapped out 30 locations at large industrial facilities in Detroit that will serve as locations for a mass pilot installation,” says Todd Higley, CEO of Vortex. “This team will manage the installation and monitor the results closely once the units are in place. This team will also help to facilitate contracted revenue agreements based on overall results.
“We are also in negotiations with a joint venture partner who has exclusive technology focused on reducing the end-user energy requirements. Our PAS technology will serve as an enhancement to their offering. There are applications with their product that may be implemented as part of the Detroit project.”
Improving consumption efficiency will extend the life of the grid by protecting it from excessive wear and damage and improve grid reliability by reducing line congestion and increasing reserve margin while creating cost savings for the utility at no cost for the equipment.
Revenue is generated under a share-of-savings business model in which the utility shares the savings with Vortex on a monthly basis. PAS is designed to address industrial and commercial use applications in a scalable solution where most of wasted electricity occurs. It is also designed to reduce carbon footprints.