Schneider boosts building energy features

  • March 14, 2023
  • William Payne

Schneider Electric has introduced new integrations in its smart buildings platform to cut energy use and increase building sustainability. EcoStruxure Building Operation 2023, EcoStruxure Connected Room Solutions, and EcoStruxure Power Monitoring Expert now have enhanced and easier to implement features to reduce energy use and carbon emissions.

Non-critical power is integregated within the building management system, and PowerLogic power meter and energy data has become easily accessible in EcoStruxure Building Operation. Electric vehicle charging stations, EVlink Pro AC and EVlink Wallbox, and EcoStruxure EV Charging Expert data can be integrated with Building Operation and EcoStruxure Power Monitoring Expert. Charging stations can now be monitored and controlled in a single view with building and power systems. This allows onsite EV chargers’ energy consumption to be viewed and their impact on buildings’ load demand and power quality. Facility managers can limit or adjust power delivered to charging stations, such as when a building is operating off-grid.

EcoStruxure Building Operation 2023 provides access to large volumes of building data, making large-scale site expansions easier and more flexible.

Schneider has also launched EcoStruxure Edge Server, a stand-alone “containerised” version of building management system software, reducing hardware infrastructure costs. The Edge Server for Building Operation can be deployed faster than traditional building management system installations. The company claims it is also more resilient and secure for buildings with modern application hosting infrastructures.

Schneider has enhanced its EcoStruxure Connected Rooms Solutions with new extension products for room ventilation system insight and control. The new SpaceLogic RP-V for variable air volume (VAV) controller works with the SpaceLogic Insight-Sensor and Building Operation to control room environments based on anonymous real-time people count occupancy information. The company says Connected Room Solutions provide energy savings of up to 23 per cent through controlling HVAC and lighting based on occupancy.

“As 60 per cent of energy today is lost or wasted, a more electric and digital world is key to addressing climate and energy crises,” said Andre Marino, SVP Digital Buildings, Schneider Electric. “With a modernised building management solution like EcoStruxure Building Operation, systems within a building can be connected and digitalised, making energy more visible and helping reduce energy waste and the associated carbon emissions by up to 20 per cent. We are committed to helping customers improve operations with fewer resources to exceed their stakeholders’ expectations, attract and retain tenants, and enhance occupant experiences, whether buildings are new or retrofit.”