Whether you design, build, operate, or service office buildings, shopping centers, hospitals, data centers, or college campuses, you’re facing new challenges and opportunities.
There are 4 drivers behind the new energy paradigm:
Energy generation is being increasingly decentralized, with solar use on the rise.
As the drive toward reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions grows stronger, the buildings industry holds massive potential to reduce GHG emissions.
Digitization is beginning to touch every aspect of modern society. Intelligent devices are offering bright opportunities for greater efficiency, control, and value.
Global electricity consumption is on the rise.
Decentralization, decarbonization, and digitalization will help us manage this demand much better.
In the past, it was enough to have electrical components that work together to distribute power safely, reliably, and efficiently. But to tap into the full benefits of the new energy paradigm, we all need to take a quantum step in how power and facility performance is managed.
We need smarter tools that manage power reliability and optimize production and consumption.
We need systems that meet sustainability goals and comply with new standards, regulations, and codes.
We need infrastructure that ensures electrical components and systems are easy to implement and keeps people and property safe and secure from cyberattacks.
Though facility managers are well aware that building management systems (BMS) typically include automation capabilities, many may be less aware of the recent advances in power distribution system technology.
By embracing the latest advances in digitization, businesses can take advantage of:
Digitization with smart devices helps new or legacy facilities go beyond energy initiatives to optimize power reliability and maintenance.
“In the intelligent buildings market, the IoT is … the construct for actionable information. An infrastructure of devices for sensing, controlling, and communicating equipment and facility-use data is redefining the capabilities of intelligent building software. Actionable insights, meaningful opportunities — these ideas are the crux of value in digitization.”5
Advances in computational power, accuracy, integration, and communication have enabled a new era of IoT. A new breed of smart devices has emerged, including advanced energy and power quality meters, protection relays, and circuit breakers.
Smart devices have become more than actuators. Today, they can:
These advances give you a higher level of detail, allowing you to:
On the road to “zero net energy” facilities, the biggest game-changer is interconnectivity.8 With digitization enabling deep access to real-time and historical energy consumption and power conditions, connectivity is the next important part of the story.
Smart devices are at the center of the new trend in preconfigured smart panels. The newest devices offer a number of communication options, from parallel communication links for added resilience in critical applications, to onboard web servers that make recorded data accessible from web browsers.
The two biggest benefits of seamlessly connected smart devices are asset control and supervision and data insights.
The flexibility and extensibility of connected networks allow important energy assets to be supervised, including emerging distributed energy resources (DER).
For example, these systems can be more accurately metered and controlled to ensure they operate at peak efficiency:
Power infrastructure data can be collected and transformed into insights that help enable collaboration and, ultimately, optimize energy production and consumption.
Here’s how it works:
By integrating power and building management systems (BMS), data can be shared or embedded between systems and platforms. This helps put insights in context, while enabling teams to gain a wider vision from a single, unified interface.
With all of these new connections between smart devices, panels, systems, and the cloud, the threat of cyberattacks has become a growing concern both inside and outside of the buildings industry.
To ensure security, many manufacturers now follow a disciplined process that includes:
With a network of smart devices in place, as well as connectivity enabling data aggregation across a building or campus, facility teams are ready to take the next step toward operational efficiency.
But Bhavesh Patel of ASCO Power Technologies cautions that the result of having so many smart sensors is “big data” — putting the onus on facility managers to interpret and extract value.10
Leaders across all teams can get actionable insights and energy data tailored to their needs.
New energy applications can be used to:
Now more than ever, teams need insight and control over electrical power. Today, smarter power distribution systems have arrived.
Schneider Electric has been leading power distribution innovation for more than 50 years. And, once again, we are redefining power distribution to help you take full advantage of the new decentralized, decarbonized, and digitized energy paradigm.
EcoStruxure™ Power is our latest advancement — a digital, open architecture that makes it easy for our partners and customers to leverage the latest breakthroughs in power distribution to take reliability, safety, efficiency, sustainability, and connectivity to the next level.
Together, these innovations are unifying all aspects of power and energy management into a single, secure platform that’s accessible anywhere, anytime, for those who need it.
By driving active energy management with real-time usage optimization, stakeholders in buildings and smart districts are contributing to a flexible and sustainable grid ecosystem through demand-side energy integration.
Improve efficiency, occupant comfort, and productivity without increasing in-house staffing by using cloud-based services that support the entire building and power distribution life-cycle.
Schneider Electric provides partners and customers with full documentation, secure deployment instructions, security lifecycle services, and responsive assistance and support when incidents and vulnerabilities are reported.
EcoStruxure Power helps you make sure power is available, operational costs are optimized, and maintenance is performed on a predictive, preventive basis.
EcoStruxure Power gives you the peace of mind that power architectures are proven and interoperable, while making your job easier.