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With a combination of sensors and controls installed on facility equipment and systems, organizations use the TBO platform to gain visibility into the health of their facilities, including energy use, occupancy, security, and more. Once data from sensors is collected, reports are created to identify specific issues and opportunities for additional savings. For example, companies can use this information to better manage lighting, HVAC, network assets, energy backup and storage. They can also utilize onsite energy generation using solar, wind or gas-powered generators as well as apply advanced algorithms to optimize energy use across these components.
Most of the facilities built in the past century were not designed with energy conservation or sustainability in mind. As a result, companies that own these buildings and factories must contend with inefficient energy footprints and increasing energy requirements. But with Hitachi Energy and Environmental Efficiency, these same organizations can leverage innovative technologies at these aging buildings and factories to drive more efficient use of energy. Along with significant energy savings, this solution enables predictive maintenance to prevent unplanned downtime, get more life from existing equipment and even reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the process.
Hitachi Energy and Environmental Efficiency solution delivers increased visibility into facility operations that provide insights into how occupants are using the various building spaces. For example, the solution shows how current workspace configurations are supporting energy savings – and whether lighting, heating and cooling are being used efficiently or are even required. As part of the solution, organizations can direct building occupants to preferred work zones, take advantage of scheduling to drive energy savings and even support emergency management through automated alerts.
The pressure to optimize energy use in buildings and factories is growing – both to improve the bottom line and deliver a sustainability-friendly message that customers and shareholders warm to. On top of this, with regulations and market demands expected to drive energy prices higher, these concerns are top-of-mind for many executives. The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects energy prices will rise 17% by 20402, which places companies with inefficient facilities at a huge disadvantage. On the other hand, organizations that optimize their facilities to create a more sustainable environment will lower operational costs and win customers in the process.
Examples like this highlight the collaboration between Hitachi, our customers and partners to co-create energy solutions that are benefiting U.S. society. Through total building optimization, Hitachi can help any multi-facility organization achieve greater efficiency and contribute to a more sustainable future.
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1 Energy.gov. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/about-commercial-buildings-integration-program.
2 U.S. Energy Information Administration. International Energy Outlook 2016. https://www.eia.gov/outlooks/ieo/more_overview.php.