SFC Energy: Simark Controls delivers follow-up order for fully integrated VFD Systems

  • Alberta Oil Producer placed a follow-up order for more of Simark’s successful, fully integrated Variable Frequency Drive Systems (VFDs).
  • Simark’s VFD systems help the oil producer to significantly reduce costs with unique installation and operations benefits.
  • Total order amount: CAD 0.5 million.

Simark Controls Ltd., a subsidiary of SFC Energy, leading provider of hybrid power solutions to the stationary and mobile power generation markets, has delivered another follow-up order for their fully integrated Variable Frequency Drive systems (VFDs) to an Alberta Oil Producer. The order amounts to CAD 0.5 million.

These VFD Systems operate electric submersible pumps (ESPs) used to artificially lift heavy oil from well-pads. The VFDs significantly reduce installation and operating costs. Additional benefits are improved pump uptimes, optimized pump operation and augmented oil production.

“We continue to adapt our Variable Frequency Drive solutions to suit the unique requirements of each one of our users”, says Mark Vandenbrink, Vice-President Drives & Motor Control of Simark Controls. “Oil & gas producers are looking for intelligent customized solutions to help them increase their performance, automate their operations, reduce their integration and operating costs, and facilitate their logistics. Our Simark systems portfolio is perfectly suited to meet all these demands.”

In addition, hybrid EFOY Pro fuel cell/solar solutions by Simark Controls feature attractive logistics and operations cost savings over conventional power supplies. They offer extremely long system autonomy for months on end – maintenance-free, fully automatic, independent of weather and season, and environmentally friendly.    

Additional information on SFC Energy’s off-grid power portfolio for oil & gas, clean energy & mobility, industry and security & safety at www.sfc.com. Additional information on Simark Controls at www.simarkcontrols.com.

About Simark Controls Ltd.

Simark Controls Ltd.www.simark.com, a company of SFC Energy AG, is a service oriented, value added sales company specializing in custom integrated and manufactured solutions of high quality instrumentation, automation, energy and power products. Simark provides instrumentation & measurement systems, power components & drives, security & surveillance equipment for the oil & gas industry and mining, forestry & community supply markets. The Company is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, with sales offices in Edmonton and Grand Prairie, Alberta, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Vancouver, British Columbia and Montreal, Quebec.

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SFC Energy: EFOY Pro fuel cells deliver reliable off-grid power to seismic monitoring stations

  • The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural (BGR) uses EFOY Pro fuel cells for ensuring 24/7 off-grid operation.
  • SFC partner Udomi delivers EFOY Pro fuel cells, accessories, fuel cartridges and modules for remote monitoring of the fuel cells.
  • Six months power autonomy without user intervention.

EFOY Pro fuel cells by SFC Energy AG (F3C:DE, ISIN: DE0007568578), a leading provider of hybrid power solutions to the stationary and mobile power generation markets, ensure reliable continuous operation of seismic monitoring systems of the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural (BGR) during a ten months construction phase.

The seismic systems are part of the German Experimental Seismic system (GERES) network, which BGR operates in the Bavarian Forest in Eastern Bavaria, Germany. GERES is one of 300 installations in a worldwide network, monitoring the compliance with the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). The systems monitor, localize and identify underground seismic waves created by earthquakes or explosions and report these measurements to the international headquarters in Vienna and the BGR German headquarters in Hanover.

During a ten months construction phase for extensive renewal of supply and data cables at the primary stations, ten temporary measuring stations are maintaining the GERES monitoring tasks.

To ensure 24/7 power supply to these off-grid stations, BGR uses EFOY Pro fuel cells by SFC Energy. The fuel cells are integrated into a weatherproof container together with the monitoring and communication equipment. EFOY Pros, accessories, fuel cartridges plus remote monitoring modules for the fuel cells were delivered by SFC partner udomi GmbH, Neuenstein, Germany, a renowned expert for industrial off-grid power solutions.

“Our customer BGR wanted a silent, reliable power supply to cover the construction phase of the GERES network. They also required six months of power autonomy, as the stations are difficult to access in snow,” says Udo Michelfelder, Managing Director of udomi GmbH. “EFOY Pro fuel cells deliver reliable, environmentally friendly power on demand, anytime, in any weather and season. Thanks to the high-energy density of the fuel, the fuel cells can autonomously operate the seismic systems for six months without requiring any user intervention. This high level of reliability is the reason why fuel cell power solutions by SFC Energy are used in a growing number of security and surveillance applications worldwide.“

Additional information on the SFC Energy’s off-grid power portfolio for defense, security & safety, oil & gas, wind, traffic management, environmental and telecommunications applications at www.sfc-defense.com, www.efoy-pro.com and at www.sfc.com

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Knorr-Bremse reaches agreement with employee representatives up to 2020


– Employees will receive a one-off payment of EUR 300 in April 2018 – A 5.0% pay rise will come into effect on July 1, 2018
– Two further 1.5% pay rises will come into effect on July 1, 2019 and July 1, 2020
– From 2019, in July Knorr-Bremse will pay an annual bonus of 12% of the monthly wage, depending on the commercial situation of the Company
– Attractive working time autonomy regulations will be introduced for white-collar workers

Knorr-Bremse and the employee representatives have negotiated an attractive agreement for the approximately 4,500 employees at almost all Group companies in Germany that are not covered by a collective agreement. The deal combines a financial component – comprising 10% more pay over the next three years – with flexible working time arrangements that take both employees’ interests and operational requirements into account. The agreement ensures that Knorr-Bremse’s employees will share in the Company’s success.

“In an age of ever-increasing globalization and digitalization, we need to focus more strongly on operational requirements and our employees’ interests. In direct negotiations with the employee representatives we have been able to deliver on this aim,” says Klaus Deller, Chairman of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG. As well as the financial aspects of the pay rise, the agreement also includes the introduction of flexible working time arrangements. “We firmly believe that working time autonomy for white-collar workers is in the best interests of our employees,” says Deller. Accordingly, from July 2018 all white-collar workers will be given the option of switching to a flexible model that gives them freedom to choose when they perform their work.

The agreement also allows employees to temporarily or permanently reduce or increase their regular working week, provided that this is compatible with operational requirements. Other measures include a one-time opportunity for employees to convert a pay rise into a reduction in their working week.

For an international player like the Knorr-Bremse Group, it is becoming more and more important to be able to respond flexibly to market requirements. According to Klaus Deller, this means that it is important “to find in-house solutions tailored to Knorr-Bremse’s particular situation. We must be capable of responding rapidly and flexibly to market opportunities in order to grow our business for everyone’s benefit. After all, you have to generate earnings before you can distribute them.” “Together we have reached an agreement that provides our employees in Germany with the security to plan ahead as far as 2020. We were also able to negotiate attractive rulings on flexible working time and even working time autonomy,” adds Michael Jell, an employee representative on the Supervisory Board of Knorr-Bremse AG.


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