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Eaton praised for working towards a clean energy future

Eaton praised for working towards a clean energy future

 March 19, 2020

For the second year in a row, progressive employer Eaton has made it onto the Carbon Clean200 list compiled by non-profit As You Sow.

The list identifies businesses which are leading the way to a clean energy future by ranking the largest publicly listed companies by their total clean energy revenues.

See how Eaton helps get more green power on the grid:

Products with purpose

Eaton knows its customers want to conserve resources and reduce their carbon footprint. And it knows that many countries have committed to ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 percent by 2050. Around the world, Eaton is helping to make this happen.

Cleaner, more dependable power

Eaton's products help to increase the amount of green power on the grid, as well as the efficient flow and use of that power. Its solutions help to reduce pollutants in the air we breathe and greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. Eaton manufactures a variety of components for utility-scale renewable power generation, including proportional valves used in hydropower dams, wind turbines and concentrated solar power systems. Its microgrid technology optimizes energy resiliency and independence by integrating electrical power from multiple distributed generation sources, including generators, solar, wind and energy storage. 

Solutions for wind and solar

  • Efficient liquid cooling: more manufacturers are utilizing liquid cooling because it transfers heat far more efficiently than air, thus helping to ensure the safe and effective operation of system components at stable temperatures. Eaton's aluminum flat face couplings are designed for high vibration and heat environments, such as the electrical component cabinets in wind turbines and solar plants. 
  • Hydraulic pitch control optimizes renewable production: in wind turbine applications, Eaton power units, along with control valves and hydraulic cylinders, optimize the pitch angle of turbine blades, and thereby power production, while limiting loads on the turbine structure. Its hydraulic disc and caliper brakes bring the turbine to a safe and complete stop. The company's hydraulic valve and hose technology are used at large concentrated solar power plants to angle solar panels to track the sun. 

Moving toward sustainable mobility

Eaton's eMobility business is producing technologies for electric, hybrid and fuel cell commercial vehicles. Whether it’s a long-haul truck traversing the highway, a delivery vehicle making frequent stops or a bus moving commuters across a busy metropolis, Eaton is developing new technologies that improve efficiency and safety—without sacrificing performance. At the same time, the company remains dedicated to reducing tailpipe emissions, such as nitrous oxide, and decreasing vehicles' fuel consumption.

Electrification of transportation

Eaton designs components that help electric vehicles be more efficient, with longer battery life and range. As voltage rates increase in EVs, the company's power protection components help make them safer. And Eaton makes EVs more intelligent by connecting with systems and providing data that help original equipment manufacturers both improve overall vehicle power balance and communicate with end-users, notifying them of what’s going on with their vehicle.

More efficient combustion engines

Eaton's products make internal combustion engines more efficient. Examples include the diesel cylinder deactivation and variable valve actuation technologies. Both technologies can be used to reduce fuel consumption between 5 and 25 percent. Another technology is the TVS EGR pump, which is designed to save fuel while meeting new global emission regulations. Eaton's joint venture with Cummins, Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies, has developed the Procision dual-clutch transmission, an efficient design that delivers up to eight percent better fuel economy than a competitive torque converter automatic transmission. 

Agricultural productivity and clean water

Eaton's products and solutions enable machinery to boost agricultural productivity, increase harvest equipment efficiency and improve crop yield. Eaton also makes self-cleaning and mechanically cleaned filters to remove sediment and other suspended solids commonly found in surface and ground water. Water quality agencies and industry rely on these filters, helping them meet their watershed protection obligations and protect public health.

Using IoT technologies, Eaton's hydraulic solutions reduce fuel use by 10 to 15 percent in sugarcane harvesters while enhancing productivity and lowering operating costs. The harvesters leverage onboard software that allows the machine to take input commands, interpret data from sensors and respond quickly. Data analytics provide real-time vehicle control and performance, helping to improve equipment availability, reduce yield loss and optimize harvesting efficiency.

Eaton's handprint tool

Eaton's collaboration with the MIT Sustainability and Health Initiative for Net Positive Enterprise (SHINE) saw the development of an initial handprint tool to calculate the reduction in carbon emissions from new products that Eaton's customers use compared to existing products for the same purpose. 

The most accurate way of quantifying the positive impact of Eaton's products on decarbonization is by conducting a comparative life cycle assessment for each of our innovative new products against an alternative, taking into account the specific application and usage scenario for each product sold. The handprint calculator simplifies assumptions and generic data for some life cycle phases, while increasing context-specific data in the use phase, providing an increased fidelity.

The calculator also acts as a first-screening tool for identifying improvement opportunities, discovering areas for deeper investigation where more accurate modeling is needed and helping create awareness around life cycle thinking for our product development engineers. The output from the tool will help Eaton measure and steer its innovation portfolio toward being net positive on carbon. 

Sustainability & Health Initiative

Eaton became a partner in the Sustainability & Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE).

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