New technology tackles energy drift

Scientific Conservation's new SCIwatch software can reduce energy spending by 25% by constantly monitoring and adjusting building systems.

07/01/2009


Scientific Conservation Inc. officially released its SCIwatch software-as-a-service solution, according to a story on Reuters. Creators say the new technology, which is a first in Automated Continuous Commissioning, can cut 25% of annual energy spending by reducing energy drift in a building.

Energy drift in commercial buildings results in a 17% loss in energy efficiency every one to two years, says Scientific Conservation CEO David Wolins. The loss is usually detected during standard recommissioning every few years, which looks at performance and adjusts systems so they can function according to design. However, this loss in efficiency adds up and is detected and eliminated after the fact.

SCIwatch can address this problem by continuously collecting raw data from the building's energy management systems and automatically predicting, detecting, and diagnosing faults, as well as prioritizing their handling, according to Wolins.

Industry experts agree that this emerging technology can change the face of building energy management. Although the software was officially launched today, early adopters of the system since mid-2008 like NASA, Santa Clara County in California, and Neiman Marcus have published case studies on the company's site .

Read the full story.





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Intelligent, efficient PLC programming: Cost-saving programming languages are available now; Automation system upgrades; Help from the cloud; Improving flow control; System integration tips
Smarter machines require smarter systems; Fixing PID, part 3; Process safety; Hardware and software integration; Legalities: Integrated lean project delivery
Choosing controllers: PLCs, PACs, IPCs, DCS? What's best for your application?; Wireless trends; Design, integration; Manufacturing Day; Product Exclusive
PLCs, robots, and the quest for a single controller; how OEE is key to automation solutions.
This article collection contains several articles on improving the use of PID.
Learn how Industry 4.0 adds supply chain efficiency, optimizes pricing, improves quality, and more.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Special report: U.S. natural gas; LNG transport technologies evolve to meet market demand; Understanding new methane regulations; Predictive maintenance for gas pipeline compressors
Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again