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Case Studies Illuminate Energy Management System Savings

Case Studies Illuminate Energy Management System Savings By: William Opalka- Energy Manager Today

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The business value of energy management systems and strategies is displayed in a series of case studies from the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) Energy Management Working Group (EMWG).

The case studies consider the outcomes for several companies in Australia and the United States. In one case, the strategy revealed annual energy savings of about 10 percent. In another, the payback occurred in as little as four months.

The case study from the United States examines the costs and benefits of implementing ISO 50001 as part of the US Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program. The Nissan vehicle assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, implemented an energy management system that conforms to ISO 50001 and improved the plant’s energy performance by about 7.2 percent to obtain SEP certification. The system will save the facility $938,000 annually, enabling Nissan to recoup its $331,000 investment in just four months.

The case studies are the first in a series being published by GSEP, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, to promote energy management as an opportunity for organizations to significantly reduce energy use while maintaining or boosting productivity.

The industrial and commercial sectors jointly account for approximately 60 percent of global energy use. The Australian companies with their case studies include:

AngloGold Ashanti Australia’s crushing and milling operations save an estimated 50 gigajoules of energy annually;

Billiton Worsley Alumina’s advanced process management system is expected to pay for itself in seven months;

Simplot Australia introduced a program that aims to reduce plant energy intensity by 25 percent over a 10-year period; and

the University of Queensland expanded its energy metering system, which will lead to improved efficiency of its chillers to reduce energy usage by 20 percent.

REI Saves 93% on Data Center Energy with Evaporative Cooling

REI Saves 93% on Data Center Energy with Evaporative Cooling By: Linda Hardesty- Energy Manager Today

The system reduces the need for mechanical cooling nearly year-round, or about 8,672 hours annually.

In addition to rooftop cooling technology, the retrofit included upgraded backup battery banks, removal of old power distribution units, installation of floor brush barriers and curtain systems to contain cold air in critical areas, upgraded software to the backup power systems, and rewiring subfloor cabling to optimize airflow under the raised floor.

Because of the efficiencies gained, REI also reconfigured its redundant power supply.

REI’s data center, which houses servers and backup systems for computers, software systems, REI.com and point of sale for its 132 stores in 33 states, is saving enough with the retrofit to power six REI stores – 2.2 million kWh each year. Improved efficiencies also mean improved business resiliency and stability in the event of a regional power outage, says the company.

The project was completed in partnership with CLEAResult, an energy efficiency firm based in Austin, Texas, and Puget Sound Energy.

The retrofit was recognized by the Association of Energy Engineers as the Region V Energy Project of the Year for 2013.

Across its business, REI limits increases to its energy use through renewable resources, efficiency projects and self-generation investments such as solar technology. Last year, with overall company growth of 7.4 percent, REI’s total energy use was essentially flat despite adding five new stores.

 

Top 10 Smart Building Myths

Top 10 Smart Building Myths Article By: Energy Manager Today Staff

Property owners may understand the benefits of smart buildings, but often have misconceptions that they are a lot more expensive, are the same as green buildings, or that only new buildings can become smart and industrial facilities can not be made smart buildings. Jones Lang LaSalle’s smart building experts debunk these myths in an effort to explain that their benefits far outweigh their costs and smart buildings are applicable across all categories of buildings.

They list the top 10 myths surrounding smart buildings and clarify what is ground reality.

Myth #10: Smart building technologies are expensive — Not true, says JLL, since owners typically recoup investments within one or two years by achieving energy savings and other operational efficiencies.

Myth #9: Smart buildings are only about energy — Besides energy savings, smart building management systems can also detect when a piece of equipment is close to failure and alert facilities personnel to fix the problem. This can help extend machinery life and lower facility staff, operations and replacement costs, says JLL.  The systems can prevent full-scale building system failures—which JLL points, may be potentially embarrassing for a Superbowl stadium host, but will be life-threatening in a hospital or laboratory.

Myth #8: Smart buildings and green buildings are the same thing —While they may overlap in terms of some features, they’re actually different. Smart buildings maximize energy efficiency and ensure air quality, while a complete sustainability program includes strategies beyond building automation systems.

Myth #7: Industrial facilities or laboratories can’t become smart buildings — They can be built or retrofitted to become highly automated and smart, says JLL.

Myth #6: Smart buildings can only be new buildings — In actuality, some of the smartest buildings in the world are not new, but have demonstrated a return on investment in smart technologies. JLL cites the example of the Empire State Building, which has exceeded projected energy savings for the second consecutive year following an extensive phased retrofit that began in 2009.

Myth #5: Smart building technologies are not interoperable — It may have been the case in the past, when building automation equipment and controls were designed as proprietary systems. But today, with affordable technologies like wireless sensors, it’s possible to gather data from different systems produced by any manufacturer, says JLL.

Myth #4: Smart systems don’t make a building more attractive to tenants — Not true, says JLL. Anything that improves energy efficiency, reduces occupancy cost and boosts productivity is valuable to tenants. Tenants and their advisers increasingly expect smart building features such as zoned heating, ventilation and air conditioning, sophisticated equipment maintenance alert systems and advanced security systems.

Myth #3: Without a municipal smart grid, a building can’t really be smart —  It’s true that smart buildings get better functionality when supported by advanced electrical grids, but even without a smart grid, owners and investors can draw a wide range of benefits from smart buildings and a management system that can monitor entire property portfolios, according to JLL.

Myth #2: Smart buildings are complicated to operate  — In contrast to this widely held perception, when paired with a smart building management system, a smart building is often easier to operate and maintain than a building that lacks automated systems, since it can integrate work-order management applications,  incorporate equipment repair and maintenance data into performance analytics and pinpoint equipment issues to a degree not humanly possible.

Myth #1: Smart buildings are a no-brainer — This is not a myth, but very true says JLL.  As affordable new technologies are adopted, tenants are beginning to expect smart building features and owners and investors are beginning to see a return on investment.

To achieve a low carbon economy, an optimal solution would be to combine smart buildings with a smart grid, says Energy Manager Today columnist Jim McHale, in a post earlier this month. Carbon emissions can be reduced by interfacing smart buildings with the present “smart grid” and providing demand response and distributed energy capability through a combination of advanced buildings energy management systems (BEMS) and enterprise energy management systems (EEM), says McHale.

The Global Market for Building Energy Management Systems will Reach Over $23bn by 2017

The Global Market for Building Energy Management Systems will Reach Over $23bn by 2017, Predicts Memoori Research Article By: Businesswire.com

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In 2013, the total world sales of Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) will be $16.7 billion at an installed value and Memoori forecasts that it will grow to $23.14 billion by 2017. This represents a CAGR of approximately 8.4% over the 5-year period.

“The Market for Building Energy Management Systems & Enterprise Energy Management”

Energy savings remain the key driver for the BEMS & EEM markets. Global attention is on the efficient use of energy resources and reduction in CO2 emissions. With buildings accounting for around 40% of primary energy usage, savings here can make a significant impact.

The major multinational companies Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Schneider Electric, Siemens and UTC dominate the products business in most countries across the developed world. We estimate that between them they take as much as 70% of the world’s product business and they have held this position for 15 years through an active acquisition strategy.

The Smart Buildings technology landscape is getting more competitive by the day. This is good news for end users, as vendors are competing to bring the most productive and cost effective solutions to market. Industry heavyweights from IT and building automation are being joined by niche energy management software providers, in the race to deliver sophisticated energy management solutions for automating and transforming facilities in buildings.

About the Report

At 155 pages with 16 charts and tables, and for only $999 USD, “The Market for Building Energy Management Systems & Enterprise Energy Management” reviews the growing business of energy management in commercial buildings. You can learn more at the reports Website;http://www.memoori.com/portfolio/bems-market-2013-to-2017/

About Memoori Business Intelligence Ltd

Memoori is an independent market research and investment advisor. Our research helps companies create sound marketing and investment strategies for Security, Smart Grid, Smart Building and Lighting markets. For more information, visit http://memoori.com

 

Contacts

Memoori Business Intelligence Ltd
Jim McHale, Director
support@memoori.com
+44-207- 193-1004

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