Central plant optimization software offers energy savings

By District Energy posted 03-08-2019 13:17

  

Russell Hattingh, IT-Online

Summary

More than 35% of the power required to run a building is consumed in one place: the central chilled water plant. While there is value in connecting the building management system (BMS) to schedule plant run time, very little beats central plant optimisation (CPO) software for true energy savings – it optimises the performance of all components.

While CPO solutions have been available for some time, organisations are often assume that a BMS performs the same function so having both is an unnecessary duplication. While BMS’ can apply general rules, such as scheduling outputs according to occupancy levels, it’s CPO software with its ability to constantly and consistently maximise the efficiency and performance of the entire plant, taking into consideration all plant components, as well as unique variables, that is delivering true breakthrough benefits.

Why is CPO important in South Africa?

South African organisations must lower energy consumption to address the country’s twin challenges of insufficient energy capacity and rising costs. Budgets are under pressure but, at the same time, organisations are being compelled to reduce their carbon footprints.

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