Retrofit : Volume 3 Issue 1 2014
28 • RETROFIT AUSTRALIA • VOLUME 3 NUMBER 1 2014 | Company Profile Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, recently announced the launch of Predictive Optimisation, a new offer that helps building owners and facilities managers reduce HVAC energy use by up to 25 per cent, which typically equates to six to 10 per cent of total building energy use. Predictive Optimisation is part of Schneider Electric's suite of advanced building life cycle services. These combine expertise from experienced energy management professionals with automated, continuous optimisation for peak building performance, improved NABERS ratings, energy savings and occupant comfort. Schneider Electric's Predictive Optimisation software continuously monitors real-time weather forecasts, energy prices, tariffs and demand response (DR) signals, then makes small automatic changes in HVAC operations to provide tangible energy savings without impacting occupant comfort. Predictive Optimisation software works by learning and collecting building data, then using the information to automatically create a thermal model. Proprietary algorithms calculate and respond to the best set points to optimise comfort and energy utilisation. Once the initial model is set, Predictive Optimisation continues to adapt to changes to uncover new opportunities for energy savings. The system also diagnoses and prioritises the most critical building management issues to help facilities managers quickly identify and remedy problems that are generating the largest amount of energy waste. The solution remotely leverages data from an existing building management system (BMS) or power monitoring system to self- optimise 24 hours a day across the building enterprise. 'New technologies employed by Predictive Optimisation allow much of the time-consuming operational and optimisation work in buildings to be done remotely and automatically, while under the purview of our expert engineers,' said Peter Morris, National Service Manager, Buildings Division of Schneider Electric Australia. 'Now building owners and managers, who are under increasing pressure to lower operating expenses, may maximise facility outcomes without capital expenditure while minimising additional staff and training needs. Performance objectives are met while enabling facilities teams to focus on other critical issues.' The Predictive Optimisation solution enhances the value of existing BMS, improves asset value, enhances efficiency and occupant comfort, and achieves positive return on investment for Schneider Electric customers across industries including healthcare, education, commercial offices, hotels, retail and life science. It is smart, grid-ready and provides performance measurement and verification (M&V) efficiency results for green building certification, including the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS). Schneider Electric is the only company to offer this advanced, predictive energy management software -- supported by expert monitoring and analysis -- that results in improved facilities. To learn more about Schneider Electric's new Predictive Optimisation offer and associated solutions, please contact a Schneider Electric services representative. About Schneider Electric As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities and Infrastructure, Industries and Machines Manufacturers, Non-residential Building, Data Centres and Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group's 140,000-plus employees achieved sales of 24 billion euros in 2012, through an active commitment to help individuals and organisations make the most of their energy. www.schneider-electric.com Schneider Electric launches Predictive Optimisation solution for optimal energy efficiency in buildings New technology-driven, cloud-based service works remotely to reduce building energy costs up to 25 per cent while maintaining occupant comfort.
Volume 3 Issue 2 2014
Volume 2 Issue 3 2013-2014