Four Steps to Implementing an Industrial Energy Management System
1. Build a strategy for data collection
EpiSensor provides the first ingredient – accurate, granular, real-time data that tells you where and when energy is being used. Data is collected by installing meters, and sub-meters on the main incoming supplies and large energy consumers.
This could be electricity monitors installed on HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) distribution boards, natural gas meters installed on boilers, or water meters installed on a production line.
The objective with this step is to achieve 80-90% ‘coverage’, in other words, that users have a real-time data showing where the majority of their energy is being used.
2. Transform your energy usage data into useful information
When the monitoring system is in place, the next task is to analyse and interpret the data, and transform it into useful information. This is typically done using a software tool, which imports the raw data and presents it to a user in a friendly, meaningful format.
Energy management software can be specialised or general purpose, basic or feature rich – EpiSensor’s Industrial IoT platform can export data to a wide variety of these software packages – see our Integrations section for more information.
It is important for this software to have the capability to import data from many sources. You may want to collect data relating to building occupancy, production levels, weather, and other factors that could influence energy usage to generate Key Performance Indicators.
3. Assign responsibility, analyse data
Turning information into meaningful reports requires knowledge of the facility and some expertise in energy management. This work can be done your in-house facilities or engineering teams, or outsourced to consultants.
The role of the energy manager is to interpret the information the energy management software is producing, combine this with knowledge of the organisation or process, set targets and gauge progress towards reaching them.
4. Interpret the results, and agree an action plan
When energy usage reports are available and responsibility has been assigned to an energy manager, a management process should be put in place to facilitate communication between departments and agree on an action plan that outlines the changes that will be made. Following this process can lead to an reduction in energy usage by up to 35%.