As reported by the Guardian in July of this year, battery storage, according to a cabinet minister, is on the cusp of triggering an “epochal transformation” in the UK that could make energy “clean, abundant and very cheap”. The government has pledged 246 million pounds of funding for battery research.

At TESVOLT (Germany), we have already pressed ahead with research in this area and have implemented the results.

Whether you are looking to cap your peak loads, increase your level of self-consumption, generate a profit by providing grid services or become completely self-sufficient, we have the right high-performance battery storage systems for your needs.

Thanks to our Active Battery Optimizer battery management system and Samsung SDI’s high-end lithium-ion cell technology, our megawatt storage systems have a service life of around 30 years and achieve up to 8,000 charge cycles.

In our experience, your investment pays for itself within nine to ten years (and some claim that it is possible to half this payback time if you make use of their aggregation services).

This means predictable costs for ample amounts of clean, relatively cheap energy for businesses for years to come.

Be the first to usher in the epochal transformation in the UK and come and talk to us at our stand at EMEX: Hall 3, Stand E59

Christian Went

OSLO, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Swedish energy utility Vattenfall has won a distribution networks operator licence from Britain’s energy regulator Ofgem and will start operating in the competitive UK market in 2018, Vattenfall said.

Vattenfall, one of the biggest wind energy producers in Britain with capacity nearing 1 gigawatt (GW), formed a unit to own and operate the networks to meet the licence requirements.

The company would not seek to link up with existing distributors but, like them, it has to be careful with its cost structure in the British market, Annika Viklund, senior vice president of Vattenfall distribution, told Reuters.

A potential price cap on the retail energy sector in Britain would challenge energy firms to innovate, Viklund said.

We are not concerned. I think it will sharpen competition,” she added.
The British government asked energy market regulator Ofgem this month to come up with a price cap on the retail energy sector that would last until 2020.

Having been awarded the licence to operate distribution networks, Vattenfall would now look at increasing its battery storage in Britain, spokesman Jason Ormiston said.

We are currently investigating other opportunities and developing an overall battery storage strategy for the UK,” he said.

One potential battery storage investment the firm is considering will be a 10 megawatt (MW) facility at the recently completed Ray wind farm in northern England.

Vattenfall is already building a 22 MW storage project at its Pen y Cymoedd onshore wind farm in Wales, which is scheduled to be operational in February 2018.

Vattenfall will be at EMEX 2017 – Come and meet us in the Networking area

Visit Lightsource Renewable Energy, Europe’s largest solar energy company, at this year’s Energy Management Exhibition, 22nd – 23rd November at Excel London.

Lightsource’s ground-breaking subsidy-free Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) model is changing the face of business energy, providing companies across many industries with renewable energy at a fixed price for up to 30 years.

Our proposal offers you cheaper electricity without capital expenditure. We offer a fully-funded renewable solution whereby solar electricity is delivered direct to your operations, and billed through a long-term PPA, with no disruption to your day-to-day business. Lightsource solutions are bespoke, tailored to the needs of the individual business – we offer both sleeved and private wire PPAs – our solar specialists will work closely with you to design and implement an energy solution that suits your needs.

As well as offering sleeved or private wire PPAs, Lightsource is now able to provide combined battery and solar solutions, allowing your business to use even more renewable electricity, cutting your costs even further.A Lightsource PPA gives you the chance to secure a percentage of your energy supply, to fix your unit price, and reduce your electricity costs by up to 25%.

On top of economic benefits, procuring solar electricity from Lightsource will also provide your business a source of locally generated truly additional unsubsidised renewable power making a real contribution to your organisation’s sustainability efforts.

EMEX is the perfect opportunity to speak to Lightsource about PPA and solar opportunities for your business – drop by to talk to one of our team, or get in touch to find a time for a one-to-one discussion.

Come and Lightsource, Stand G10

Many businesses have an enormous opportunity to both pollute less and save money by making quite straightforward ‘bread-and-butter’ changes. EMEX brings dynamic leaders together where they will inspire and enthuse many others to drive energy efficiency to the top of the business agenda in the UK.

Energy is a cost to most organisations that has grown as a proportion of overall expenditure in recent years. All energy consuming organisations need to manage energy consumption if they are to avoid the impact of price increases on the products or services they provide. In this context, the case for investing in energy efficiency has never been stronger and of course, the cheapest energy is the energy organisations don’t use.

There is considerable potential to make large energy cost and carbon emission savings through the installation of energy efficiency measures. The energy efficiency technologies that deliver these savings are readily available, tried and tested, and often repay their initial capital cost within just a few years.

Such improvements can provide significant long-term cash savings for organisations and reduced exposure to future changes in energy costs. Protecting the environment is also an important motivator for action, as well as improving energy efficiency as a way to increase competiveness and protect business reputation.

As with other types of project, top-level leadership remains the key to unlocking the resources to deliver projects and overcome barriers.

This summer, the EMA launched, in association with E.ON, one of the most comprehensive research projects to look at how energy efficiency is managed in British businesses. The research especially focused on any disconnect between operational teams and their board and how this might result in missed opportunity.

Our survey revealed that 88% of businesses now actively discuss and review energy efficiency. In over two-thirds of cases, this is managed by a specific operational department within the business that is normally within two or three levels of hierarchy from the board.

Over 70% of our respondents reported having quantitative targets and benchmarks and decision making processes that could approve projects within just 3 months in the majority of cases. The most popular projects being considered included implementing Metering and Monitoring Systems, Lighting Solutions, BEMS, HVAC, DSR and On-site Storage. However, the top five reasons for projects failing to take place are lack of funds, incentive or ROI, lack of CAPEX, inability to build a business case, organisational structure, corporate apathy

The report will be previewed at EMEX on Wednesday 22 November at 12:20-12:50 – ‘What is Driving Energy Efficiency in the UK?’ in the Water and Energy Strategy theatrewith Lord Redesdale, CEO, Energy Managers Association and Phil Gilbert, Director of Energy Solutions, E.ON leading a panel discussion for all attendees.

In addition to the technical expertise and data analysis, the role of the energy management team is fast evolving. Influencing and negotiation, communication and stakeholder engagement skills are becoming ever more important.

A series of seminars in the ‘Knowledge, Skills and Experiences‘ Theatre, will be providing attendees with knowledge and skills on how to build a robust business case for investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and gain buy-in from senior stakeholders.

Lord Rupert Redesdale, CEO of the Energy Managers Association (EMA), said that,

reducing energy demand is critical to reducing energy costs. Three distinctly silo’d functions have long been responsible for carbon and energy reduction in organisations. This trio of Sustainability, Facilities and Energy Management often achieve the same end-result of cost, carbon and utility reduction but via very different approaches.

I’m very excited that for the first time, EMEX is bringing together IEMA (The Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment), BIFM (the professional body for facilities management) and The EMA (The Energy Managers Association) communities under one roof during 2 days to share best practice and experiences, cross-polinate knowledge and ideas and drive the energy efficiency’s agenda to the top of UK’s businesses”

BIFM Chief Executive Linda Hausmanis added

BIFM is keen to take part in events such as EMEX where members can see and evaluate options in order to put in place the right solutions for their companies. BIFM members have to act as intelligent clients and this event will help them to enhance their knowledge of running successful contracts for energy management and sustainability”.

Taking place on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 November 2017 at ExCeL in London, EMEX is the must-attend energy management show that connects all energy users with leading experts, policy makers, suppliers and technical solutions with more than 130 exhibitors, 80 seminars across 5 topical theatres, and over 100 speakers.

With such diverse solutions, knowledge and expertise on offer, it is not surprising that thousands of small and medium businesses, as well as household names such as Coca-Cola, NHS, British Airways, Harrods, Hilton Worldwide, Boots, RBS, TATA, British Land, Ministry of Defence, AstraZeneca, Sodexo, Microsoft, Bellrock, BAE Systems, Co-Operative Group, Ofgem, Network Rail, MITIE, CBRE, Whitbread, Mitchells and Butlers, British Telecom, House of Fraser and many county and city councils are already confirmed to attend.

Dave Horton will chair a session on ‘How to Future-Proof Electric Charging Points’ at EMEX from 13:50-14:20 on 22 November in the Renewables, Supply and Storage theatre.

what are the drivers (pardon the pun) for the installation of public electric vehicle (EV) charging points and which comes first, the EVs or the charging network?

More than 60% of all current private EV owners have never charged their vehicles away from their homes – and they don’t see that changing in the near future. So why do we need a public charging network and what are likely to be the catalysts needed for change?

Range to drive network expansion

The why is reasonably simple and straightforward to answer. The more EVs there are and the greater their range, then the more likelihood of finding EV users who are willing to travel further afield for business or pleasure and need to charge their vehicle to get home again.

We also need to think about those drivers who don’t have access to a garage or drive, so can only charge at the street side. Then we have white van man, public transport and taxis, which are moving around our urban areas all day and need to charge on the go.

We should also consider businesses looking to accommodate their customers’ needs. Can they use EV charging to retain current and attract new customers? For example, I’ve discussed this very topic with budget retailers who are looking to install EV charging to bring a different type of customer to their stores.

New revenue stream for businesses

Some organisations also see the potential to create new revenue streams by offering parking with EV charging, especially in the public sector. The opportunity for businesses here is to attract customers through the convenience and necessity of charging, which improves their customer offer relative to their traditional competitors.

So to simplistically answer my initial question – why do we need a public charging network – the answer is for lots of reasons. But none of this answers the more difficult question “which comes first”?

Home charging set to continue

In my view, it will be the charging network for domestic and fleet vehicles that can charge at home. I’m talking about private cars, company cars and some company vans which are kept at the employees’ homes overnight.

The infrastructure requirements are reasonably simple. The data collection and reporting capability – depending on where and from who you buy your charging point – is already available. So many EV drivers won’t need to use public charging points.

Businesses with electric fleet or company cars that park at their sites during the day will need to look at installing EV charging for their staff, and potentially a few extra for their customers. However, these might not be available to the general public.

So, in my humble opinion, we’ll see a slow growth in installation of private (domestic and business) charging points. Then as numbers of EVs increase, we’ll see more demand for publically available points, unless forward thinking businesses have future proofed their customer offer by proactively installing in advance.

Hindering technological advances

However, a slow uptake does create some issues with technological advances in the charging arena. For instance, when will induction charging become commercially viable? We are already seeing BMW and other manufacturers designing cars that don’t need to be plugged in, just driven into an ‘induction’ parking bay to charge.

So do you buy and install the current big charging boxes with leads hanging around the place now, or wait on induction charging and have a nice pad you can just park your car over?

And what about hydrogen fuel cells? Will these become the go-to solution for longer distances, leaving EVs for the urban environment? If hydrogen does become the answer, then there’s no reason to install EV charging at many ‘petrol’ stations, when you’d potentially only need them on motorways or services close to major trunk roads.

Setting the standard for charging software 

There are also questions around charging software, data collection and reporting. What is the standard today, what will it be in the future, how can you charge someone else for using your charging post either at home, in the workplace or on the street?

The role of Demand Side Response products and how EVs or hydrogen vehicles will connect to the Grid in the future is another common area for queries. Will they be used for Frequency Response and will they be able to take a home or office off the grid during peak periods?

Ultimately, do you get today’s technology now – or wait until the new ‘better stuff’ is available?

Creating the right environment for investment

All these questions and considerations are valid – and potentially create infrastructure investment uncertainty while the car manufacturers are making increasingly positive noises. So what’s needed to start the ball rolling and get people investing and taking this seriously? I have an idea or two, some of which may not appeal to everyone. But here goes…

1. Make planning consent mandatory

Central government should legislate that every local authority and planning board MUST include a requirement to deliver the infrastructure needed for EV charging points in ALL new builds (domestic and commercial) and major refurbishment projects. This as a minimum will mean installing the required cabling, metering and distribution boards for a client to be able to invest in EV charging at greatly reduced costs. If the cables, the meter and the fuses are there, you just need to plug your charging point in (a bit simplistic but you get the gist).

2. Standardise protocols

I’m sure some will say this is already the case, while others will recognise that many charging point providers have their own software and data collection networks. Although many claim their equipment will talk to everyone else’s because it’s an open protocol, unfortunately I find this a bit hard to believe. I regularly see examples where problems getting one company’s software talking to another company’s hardware stops or delays investment.

3. A Data Collection Company using blockchain technology

 Again, in my humble opinion, we need to use the Smart metering model of centralising all data collected from charging posts using something like blockchain. Tens of thousands of interactions which are all the same and from which the customer (EV owner) can get all the data they need, then can buy their energy from the supplier they want, at the price they want and use any charging post they can plug into.

Education is the key

So, in summary, I think we in the EV charging world – alongside car manufacturers, energy suppliers, energy generators, grid and distribution companies – have a lot to do to educate customers and government about what is needed to make the monumental shift from fossil fuels in our vehicles to a distributed grid which includes electric and perhaps hydrogen vehicles.

It’s easy for someone to say we are banning all new petrol/diesel/LPG cars by 2040. But there is a lot of stuff to do before that vision becomes a reality, especially as those legislating for this won’t be in power when it actually happens. In fact, some of us probably won’t even be here when it happens!

We need to start today, legislating for the changes needed to get the infrastructure in place, the energy generation and storage in place and all the systems and software talking to each other. This is not complicated and we have already learnt so many lessons in the past from doing similar things (Smart metering being a perfect example) – so we should be able to get this right first time.

The vehicles will be built and sold, the infrastructure will be installed and the technology will keep changing and improving, so our job is to make it simple for everyone now and create a clear roadmap for the EV charging industry in the UK going forward.

So what comes first – EVs or charging networks? It’s probably not an either or – but more of a both. Alongside this, however, is another critical factor – and that’s education. This is key to creating a successful EV world for the future.

Author’s Profile:

Dave is working within nPower’s Business Solutions department looking at non-supply offerings and at processes and procedures needed to enable Energy + and Electric Vehicle products. The Energy Managers Association recognised Dave’s contribution to energy management by voting him their Energy Manager of the Year in December 2015.

By Dave Horton

The winners and highly commended will be announced by Lord Redesdale at a ceremony at EMEX on 22 November at 3.30 pm in the ‘Knowledge, Skills and Experience theatre.

The awards will include Energy Manager of the Year, Junior Energy Management Professional of the Year, Energy Management Team of the Year, Energy Management Consultancy Service of the Year, Energy Reduction Product of the Year, Water Efficient Product of the Year, The Most Inspiring Energy Reduction Project of the Year, Energy Reduction Project through Organisational Behaviour Change of the Year, EMA Member of the Year – nominated by the EMA

Each of the awards marks an impressive and important achievement, in contribution to reducing energy use and lowering the carbon emissions.

Lord Redesdale, CEO of the EMA and co-founder of EMEX said, “The quality and number of entries reflect the enormous amount of work and dedication in the sector to reduce energy use.

2017 Finalists include:

Energy and Technical Services Ltd, Next Control Systems, OnGen, eSight Energy, Compliance365, Energy Management LLP, STC Energy, HE Consulting s.r.o., The Behaviouralist, University of Aberdeen, Tesco, 29 Regiment – The Royal Logistic Corps, Hilton, Bourne Leisure Ltd, Royal Mail, Unite Students, Viridor, Huntingdonshire District Council, London Metropolitan University, Peterborough Environment City Trust, Vinci Plc, Vinci Facilities, Highland Council, Kelda Technology, GabiH2O

Lord Redesdale will chair a seminar session on the topic of ‘Balancing Mechanism Units: the Main Income Stream for Battery Storage’ at EMEX from 13:10–13:40 on 22 November in the ‘Renewables, Supply and Storage’ theatre.

In five years, most large buildings will have a battery on site. However, as an energy manager, the battery may not be either under your control or owned by your organisation. It also will be metered separately and charge and discharge without you even knowing about it.  

Very soon you could have batteries ranging from 100KW to 2MW on all your sites.  Why should this be exciting? Well the answer is that the battery will not only supply power in the event of a blackout, but will also earn you oodles of money.  At the moment, batteries, though they could be installed tomorrow, often fail to show a sufficient economic return to install.

This situation is about to change because of what batteries are used to achieve. Batteries up to now have been seen in two roles – emergency power and frequency response; the game changer is the use of batteries to level the national grid. Instead of big centralised power generation being built, imagine batteries based in thousands of sites such as hospitals, schools and office blocks, that could be used to reduce demand equivalent to a large power station. The value of this demand reduction at peak is immense and, with a few simple changes to the electricity code, could be realised through Balancing Mechanism Units (BMUs). So what is the problem and how will batteries address it?

There is already the power on the grid to charge the batteries but it will need careful management to allow charging off peak to discharge at peak. At present the grid works on a model that has changed little since the 1930’s. Enormous amounts of power are produced in big coal, nuclear and gas plants. The demands of the grid are met through excess generation. This is a simple, if enormously wasteful, process that worked when coal and gas was cheap, and carbon emissions ignored, but became a real problem when the UK retired a large part of the generating fleet without replacing base-load generation.

The UK now has a shortfall in generating capacity; we have been building a lot of renewable power, excellent for low carbon generation but unfortunately is often intermittent in nature. Here is where batteries come in. We generate to meet peak demand which means that due to inflexibility of power generation at off peak periods, really large amounts are wasted.  We could store that power in batteries at sites that could range from domestic to industrial.

The batteries would be managed remotely which means that an insignificant demand reduction can be scaled through all the batteries on the network to deliver impressive levels of demand reduction. Here is where the money comes in; the grid pays through the nose for carbon intensive diesel generation or spinning reserve to meet shortfalls in peak demand. Instead of generating more power why not pay the same amount for the same amount of reduction? Batteries sited in areas of grid stress could be paid more for demand reduction, which would give a fiscal reason to pick where the batteries are targeted.

Here is where you as an energy manager can turn batteries into a profit centre. Battery operators could pay you to site batteries in your buildings. The batteries would not impose any limits on how much energy you can draw at any time because if the battery is discharged you just go back to drawing from the grid. However, at peak periods the grid will pay a significant amount for BMUs – say from around £50 to a record £1,500 a MWh. You could purchase the batteries yourself or more likely rent your space to a third party for either lower energy bills or straight cash which would be an off-balance sheet solution.

The changes to make this happen are simple, instead of batteries being a behind the meter solution, the meters will be attached to the battery. This allows the discharge of the battery to be measured and earn BMUs. The caveat is that the batteries will only be allowed to discharge at site rather than exporting to grid. This is because any discharge can be guaranteed as demand reduction and it will cut down on the cost of upgrading the grid.

The mass roll out of batteries could be here in just six months, with some changes to the code. The market being driven by financial incentives rather than subsidies will mean that the 1MW battery on your site, rather than an exciting new gadget, will be so common it will become the ignored box, which is perhaps the definition of a quiet revolution.

The opening of the retail water market will be discussed at EMEX on Wednesday 22 November the ‘Water and Energy Strategy’ Theatre at:

More than six months have passed since businesses in England were given the freedom to shop around for a better water deal. Evan Joanette, Policy Manager at the water watchdog the Consumer Council for Water (CCWater), reflects on a steady start to the non-household retail water market.

Shifting landscape

Choice is not something you would immediately associate with the water industry in England and Wales, where regional monopolies have dominated the landscape since privatisation of the sector in 1989. But the opening of the non-household retail water market on 1 April 2017 marked the biggest shake-up of the industry for more than quarter of a century.

Over the past six months, businesses, charities and public sector organisations have been able to shop around for a different supplier of the retail water services, including billing, meter reading and account management. Around 20 retailers have been competing for their custom, the majority of which were associated with the existing water companies. New entrants have also come on board to try and carve out a niche. That number is likely to grow in the coming months with additional new entrants in the process of applying for a licence from the regulator.

Early switching

The first few months of competition has seen a slow but steady stream of customers dipping into the market, although the vast majority have stayed put. The latest figures published by marker operator, MOSL, suggest around 2 per cent of eligible supply points have switched retailer. The weekly rate of switching has hovered around 1,500 supply points. If that pace holds, we might expect up to four per cent of supply points to have moved to a new retailer by the end of the financial year.

Given that most businesses have at least two or more supply points, what this does not tell us is how many actual customers have made the switch. We also do not know how many have negotiated a better deal with their existing retailer.

Wait and see

Before the market opened, customers told us that their level of interest would depend on whether competition could deliver a clear benefit to their business. Customers wanted enough information to make an informed decision. But the biggest challenge has remained awareness of the market itself.

In July, we carried out a survey of small and medium-sized businesses which revealed only around 4 in 10 SMEs thought they could switch their water services. Many of those that were aware were unconvinced their business would benefit. They either felt they were already paying the right amount for their services, or simply did not feel there was enough on the table to motivate them to switch.

However, there is reason for encouragement too, with half of businesses telling us they would look to explore the market in the next six months. The challenge now for many retailers is convincing businesses they have something that can benefit them.

Improving service

While it might not always be possible to lure customers with big financial savings, the promise of a better service is still appealing to businesses. It is also an area we think many retailers can improve further.

As the watchdog, we are seeing more contact from businesses following the market opening. We expected this as the industry adjusted to the teething problems that competition and switching would inevitably bring. Over half of the complaints we have received from non-household customers since 1 April remain about billing and charges. Clarifying bills should be where retailers are most able to add value to customers and look to innovate.

To their credit, retailers are taking most issues on board and many of them have been working with us to try to ensure they are quickly rectified. We have already seen some of them improve their customer literature and put more resource into their contact centres. Retailers are keen to draw on the industry experience that CCWater has in identifying root causes of complaints and making pragmatic recommendations about how to improve practices and policies. They have also been willing to share good practice between them in industry meetings and forums.

Looking ahead

Over the coming months we want to see the market begin to take service levels beyond what they were before competition. Retailers need to deliver a better service for every customer, from SMEs right up to large multi-sites with higher water demands.

We will also look to see if water retailers are rising to the challenge of helping businesses improve water efficiency, which was a market objective. We know that for very large customers with high consumption, efficiency savings will translate into water bill savings (and energy savings too). But will we then see retailers reaching out to smaller customers in the same way?

CCWater is going to be talking to customers again, this time about their actual experiences in the market. We want to know just how easy or difficult it has been to switch or negotiate a better deal and whether customers are getting what they want and need from retailers.  We expect to publish the results of this research next spring.

Author’s Profile:

Evan is a Policy Manager at CCWater focusing on retail competition. He has 20 years of customer service experience in the private and public sectors. Evan started off managing CCWater’s consumer relations team, pressing water companies to resolve customer disputes. Since 2015, he has helped to shape the water market in England.

Thermal Storage will be discussed at EMEX on Thursday 23 November at 11:10-11:40 – ‘Utilising your Building Assets to Improve Indoor Climate and Reduce Energy Consumption’ with David Mason, Head of Sustainability at Skanska.

This new EMA Energy Managers’ guide has been designed with Ecopilot (UK) Ltd to offer some basic information and guidance on understanding thermal storage, how it works within buildings and what the common misperceptions are when accessing buildings’ thermal inertia.

An overview

The vast majority of buildings are thermally inert by nature. This means that a building’s framework has a self-regulating ability to maintain the correct temperature – but is this being utilised by the buildings’ managers?

Most control and regulating systems currently in use are set to instantly compensate for each temperature variation that occurs in a building. As a result, the installed systems are forced to work against the natural self-regulation, which leads to the waste of both cooling and heating capacity.

An example of this would be early in the day, following a night set back or system shutdown when the internal air temperature and external temperature are cooler. With a standard control strategy, the temperature measured by the return or extract air temperature sensor would increase the duty requirement of the supply air, modulating the heating valve to the heating coil open to reach the required space temperature set point.

During the course of the day, the outdoor temperature rises and therefore the external temperature influence on the building increases. The effect of this is that the temperature internally increases therefore the duty requirement of the heating to the supply air is reduced, eventually reaching equilibrium and the heating valve is closed. Should the external and internal temperature influences surpass the equilibrium point, the valve to the cooling coil would be modulated open to reach the set point of the space temperature.

The result of this would be that the building would have been heated and cooled within the space of one day, requiring energy input to both systems. With a more intelligent and long term control strategy taking into account the internal and external influences this could certainly be avoided.

Varieties of systems that optimise buildings with regard to a building’s natural thermal inertia are available on the market today. Measured reductions in energy consumption of 20–40% (from the 500+ installations already carried out) for heating and cooling of buildings are common after installation. Pay-off times for the systems normally appear to be approx. 2–5 years. The interesting thing is that these results are achieved by letting a building’s technical installations work with the laws of nature to store the free heat and cold that would otherwise have been “discarded”. If you manage properties with modern computerized BMS systems (no older than approx. 10 years), a system that works with a building’s inertia could be one of the most viable measures to install in the property that you manage.

Research in the field and barriers for take up in the past

As early as the 1970s, research results from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm showed the importance of adopting a holistic view and taking advantage of a building framework’s thermodynamic properties.

The basic idea involves utilising the heat, for example from machines and people, which is stored in the framework of the building. Actually, controls and regulating technology only need to observe the temperature curves and intervene when necessary. The secret was said to be the ability to do this in a controlled manner without negatively affecting the indoor climate.

Way forward – control strategy that takes account of the buildings’ thermal inertia

Download the full guide from the EMA website and learn how modern dynamic systems can be designed so that a building’s thermodynamics are best utilised, which results in reduced energy consumption and lower power peaks.

Visit Ecopilot at Stand C10.