Depending on where you are and what you do, you could be paying between $5-$10/sf in energy cost. This energy cost is made up of a complicated mix of rates for energy, delivery, demand, and tariffs as well as costs for differing energy and fuel streams. BEP Analytics has a powerful and customizable engine for analyzing the real time cost of your various energy streams. Particularly if you have a mix of energy assets, like a CHP plant, or steam and electrically driven chillers, BEP Analytics can prove you real-time insights into the optimal way to balance your energy assets.
Physical plant, mechanical plant or industrial plant (and where context is given, often just “Plant”) refers to the infrastructure used to convert fuels to useful work: chilled water, steam, hot water, electricity, etc. The dynamics of the Plant are a complicated mix of component performance, system performance, and market rates. Understanding how these systems work is what we do best. Empowering our process with sophisticated predictive analytics and real time monitoring is what we want to do for you.
Your electrical demand is an opportunity, not a liability. The grid is changing and the way we think of and value electrical energy demand is too. The electrical grid is just as a dynamic market place as the stock market, with a complicated mix of regulated and de-regulated economics impacting the total cost of energy. Turn your assets into a profit center by participating in demand response and ancillary services markets. Cut your electricity bill substantially by deciding when and how to shift your building’s load. These decisions can only be made when you understand both the cost and opportunity of doing so. We combine our understanding of facilities, systems and markets with powerful machine learning analytics to deliver you the insights needed to maximize the value of your demand.
You’ve implemented an energy conservation project, now what? Do you feel certain that it will result in lasting energy savings? What happens if energy costs change? Are you certain that there was even any energy savings to begin with? Do you have to wait 1 year to know the answer? With our ability to integrate limitless independent variables into our statistical analysis we can analyze the whole year (TMY) performance of a system with as little data as is possible, predict the re-occurring savings, and give you a model that allows you to continually monitor the project’s performance throughout its life, analyze the efficacy of the measure with dynamics energy rates and act based on real economic performance.
Building energy benchmarking is a powerful tool for identifying system performance improvement opportunities, but often requires months or even a year’s worth of data to be useful. What is the performance of my building systems NOW? How does this relate to its past performance or other system performance? These answers depend on a number of factors: weather, time of day, occupancy profile, holiday schedule, or any number of coincident system parameters can dictate why the system is performing the way it is. We are able to generate accurate predictions of your building energy consumption, give you the context for that benchmark number to know if the building systems are performing as expected, alert you if they are not, quantify the opportunity.
Analytics without action does you no good. Hopefully you have the infrastructure in place to act on opportunity, but if not we can help. We can provide turn-key solutions to for your automation need. From making programming changes to your existing DDC, PLC, or DCS to supplementing, upgrading or replacing the controls system, we can provide a custom solution that meets your need. Provide hardware where it counts, not where it will be just another device to maintain. We design, procure, manage, install, commission, remotely monitor and continuously improve your assets.
We NEED data to do what we do. Why is installing new points to your existing control system so expensive? Because your incumbent controls system has a monopoly on your system data. The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing this. We are leveraging Moore’s Law to drive down the cost of information. Data doesn’t have to be expensive. Quality information is useless unless it is presented with actionable context. Time and time again we see that the hardware cost for high quality, industrial grade instrumentation is not the most expensive part of sub-metering, integration into the controls system is. Cut out the expensive part and go straight to the analytic engine with our IoT. We can install instrumentation for sub-metering, flow, temperature, pressure, conductivity, you name it for much less than conventional controls integration, and give you the useful analytics to boot.
Building Direct Digital Control Systems (“DDC” systems also referred to as BAS, BMS, EMS, and many other acronyms) are rife with issues affecting indoor comfort, energy efficiency, and overall performance. All too often we find that the underlying reason for the poor building performance is poor programing practices from the installing controls contractor. The controls programmer often fails to understand the basics of system mechanics and psychrometrics. Simple changes to the programming of your DDC can yield substantial results, improving space comfort control and reducing energy consumption. We can work with Siemens, JCI, Schneider, ALC, Honeywell, Alerton and other systems to improve how they perform.
Chilled water production accounts for 20-40% of your campus’ annual energy cost and typically represents one of the single biggest opportunities for improvement. Subtle changes in the control parameters of your chillers, pumps and cooling towers can reduce your plant’s energy by over 30%. We have worked with and optimized chilled water systems ranging from 70,000 Ton interconnected campus system, down to 500 Ton stand-alone plants. What we do best is understand the way chilled water plants work and develop “open” optimization sequences of operations (SoOs) that operators can understand. Often the biggest improvement opportunities come from correcting bad installations, miss-matched flows/pressures, etc. The relationship between performances of chilled water plant components is not rocket science and can be simplified and incorporated into best practice sequences. We then take the time to train the operators so that they understand exactly how the system works. Putting your site’s critical infrastructure under the control of a “black-box” optimization tool, hidden from your review is giving up a lot of control. Optimized ways to control your assets should not be someone else’s intellectual property.