Power Optimization Center

The importance of power monitoring is to help multinational companies, data center, and offices to maximize uptime, increase capacity and improve cost savings. As we often say in business, “you can’t manage what you don’t measure,” and power monitoring gives operators greater transparency into the energy usage and overall efficiency of their organization operations.

The main Goal of this project is to seize cost-saving opportunities and improve building performance with a proven solution.

Discover Phase

Reducing energy use and waste is now widely seen as being good for the bottom line, as well as good for the environment. However, executives typically do not have the information they need to make informed, proactive decisions about their building portfolio’s energy use.

Today’s business leaders are focused on just  their business goals and strategies. While energy reduction and corporate social responsibility measures are important to executives, often the data and energy information is often not available in a simple, easy-to-comprehend format.

Energy initiatives are too often one-time upgrades that are not monitored and measured properly over time. As a result, the benefits of these improvements are soon lost. The key in sustaining and reducing energy use can be enhanced by providing executives with the right information, to enable informed decisions that balance energy use with other objectives, such as building comfort and employee productivity.

Economic Success of an Organisation is linked with Environmental Responsibility

Reducing energy use is “green” for both the environment and business. Consider the following statistics:-

• The European Builders Confederation estimates that energy use in buildings is responsible for about 40% of final energy consumption in the E.U.
• The U.S. Green Buildings Council estimates that commercial office buildings use 20% more energy on average than necessary.

Fortunately, there are many ways to cut energy costs in business facilities. Efficiency strategies can be leveraged to schedule appropriate use of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment or best maximize the consumption of energy. Integrated building management systems can be utilized to limit the loss of energy and conserve electricity. Reducing energy use, as well as energy loss due to leakage and waste, can significantly reduce the cost of running a facility.

Study

Buildings are dynamic entities, with constantly changing needs and occupancy. One-time energy audits show only a snapshot of energy use, and monthly utility bills only act as a “rear-view mirror.” Busy operations staff may not have the time, tools, or training to analyze monthly/annual energy use and investigate or troubleshoot incidents, much less compile data into an easy-to-read format to share with business leaders.

Because of the complexities of energy use and its large economic impact, a growing number of firms are turning to remote energy monitoring to provide the technology and know-how to guide, measure, and help manage energy costs. Using a web-based system, remote energy monitoring automatically collects energy consumption data via smart meters, data loggers, and network controllers, or directly from an organization’s utility provider. Information is then compiled, organized, and provided in a concise format to show the building’s energy reporting, alarming, and monitoring, as well utility analysis for electricity, gas, heat, steam, oil.

Monitoring energy use can provide up-to-date information on energy use and carbon emissions so companies can identify energy conservation measures, adjust usage quickly, and reallocate savings where needed. Energy engineers can monitor a building’s energy efficiency and actively look for opportunities to further energy-saving opportunities.

 

In addition, energy alarms can be investigated and long-term trends analyzed to help sustain reduced energy consumption efforts.

When selecting an energy monitoring system, look for a system that provides the ability to report and analyze the data, as well as help the customer take action and improve performance. A variety of communication methods can provide the information that you need in the most cost-efficient way possible. These methods could include IP, autodial, and cellular connectivity. Your system should also be designed to send email alarms to key users if, for example, there is an excessive variation in demand, showing the difference in consumption and cost.

Customized reports are key to providing the right information to the right person at the right time. For example, the CEO may be concerned with total cost and carbon emissions, while the CFO may need to see costs compared to budget. The Facilities Manager would be most interested in load profiles, total consumption, and cost savings.

Solution

Power Optimization Center monitors real-time electricity usage and uses sensors, big data and analytics to tweak chiller and lighting systems of the organization to cut wastage on a daily basis.

Sensors are used to keep tabs on electricity consumption of massive chiller.  An analytics interface is needed to unify and crunch data from air-conditioners, lights, computing systems. The system is capable to execute commands like powering down energy wastage units.

StoryBoard

 

Interaction Design
Landing Screen: It displays the energy meter reading of the current day, current month & current year with related parameters. Current and previous values are displayed with forecasted energy target.

 

Energy Consumption Graph vs Previous Day.

 

Energy Consumption Table with related parameters

 

Energy Consumption of different branches along with sites which need special attention.

 

Difference Sites under a Branch.

 

Alert Management

 

Visual Design

Landing Screen. Black Color is used as background. This will reduce strain on eye & power consumption of the monitors in the Centre.

 

Consumption table with related parameters.

 

Energy reading of different Branches in an Organization. Sites which need attention are also displayed.

 

Power monitoring in different sites under a branch.

 

Result

With rising utility costs and shrinking operational budgets, it has become a vital necessity for organizations to reduce their energy bills. Instead of one-time energy improvements, companies need to focus on sustaining and improving energy use over time, and this requires continuous monitoring, analysis, and reporting of building performance.

Remote energy monitoring is a proven solution that uses technology to gather and report on a company’s energy data, combined with the expertise to advise and guide companies on how to take action, seize cost saving opportunities, and continually improve performance.

 

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