Electrospeed Advantage Variable Speed Drive

Increase ESP uptime, reliability while automatically managing performance

The Baker Hughes Electrospeed Advantage™ variable speed drive (VSD) increases up time and reliability of your electrical submersible pumping (ESP) system. This drive’s control system software reduces power and downtime costs while optimizing production. Engineers from Baker Hughes designed the Electrospeed Advantage drive to solve the most common daily ESP problems including: gas locking, difficulty starting, power consumption, and power sags.

Backed by 30 years of VSD innovation for the oil and gas industry, the Electrospeed Advantage drive is offered as part of the next generation of ESP control products.

Software to solve recurring ESP problems

Intelligent production software within the drive offers specific solutions to recurring ESP problems:

  • MaxRate™ software clears gas lock situations and manages draw down for reduced negative impact on production zones. This allows the well to produce longer, increasing ESP system up time and reliability.
  • MaxStart™ software delivers best-in-class starting capabilities.
  • Real-time cable compensation calculates the appropriate surface voltage (at the output of the VSD) based on changing loads, dynamically. This ensures that proper motor voltage is applied at all times for the most efficient operation.
  • Back-spin detection and re-start accurately monitors torque and generated frequency. This lets the drive sense a back-spinning pump and re-start the system when torque levels are safe. With this patented software, wells are on line faster, increasing production.
  • Power monitoring. With optional current transformers (CT’s) and potential transformers (PT’s), the drive now includes power monitoring functions such as instantaneous kW, power factor, efficiency, and kW-hours. These features help the user monitor the energy used in producing fluids to optimize expenses.

The foundation of the Electrospeed Advantage drive’s functionality is Real-Time Torque Command (RTTC), which delivers the exact amount of torque required at the right time. Torque is calculated in real time, enabling precise control in the presence of varying loads. The capability to load modular, built-for-purpose, production-assisting software improves ESP system performance.

Based on our proven Electrospeed 3 VSD, this drive optimizes your ESP operations and boosts system reliability.

The Electrospeed Advantage VSD’s plug-and-play compatibility with downhole sensors enables a holistic view of downhole and surface conditions. Baker Hughes AMBIT™ monitoring and automation service seamlessly connects to deliver data from the wellsite for a powerful decision-making tool in your office.


  • ESPs, PCPs, and surface pumps
  • Geothermal, SAGD, and other elevated-temperature applications
  • Arctic, tropical, and desert conditions
  • Shale plays with challenging production profiles

MaxRate Software for Electrospeed Advantage VSD

MaxRate™ software works with the Electrospeed Advantage™ variable speed drive to deliver specific solutions for recurring ESP problems, including gas slugs and gas locking.

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