03/02/2021

Energy Monitoring and Control

Energy Monitoring and Control

Easy as IoT

Refrigeration, HVAC, bakeries, lighting; they are all business-critical functions that draw substantial energy to meet the day-to-day demands of supermarket operations.  With so many assets and systems required to provide the full customer experience, for supermarkets, elevated energy consumption is often viewed as unavoidable.

Whether it’s limited time, limited technology or limited resources, fully understanding energy usage and implementing effective improvements has evaded many supermarkets.  So, what if energy usage could not only be measured but continually monitored? Not only managed but intelligently controlled? LoweConex IoT technology not only makes this possible but is transforming how supermarkets power their estate.

Demand Response Initiatives

Designed to reduce energy consumption, create cost savings and help retailers meet increasing sustainability targets, LoweConex demand response initiatives analyse asset energy demands and implement changes to asset running conditions that lower their energy requirements, reducing energy usage across your estate during high tariff periods.

Triad Avoidance

Combining real-time data with rule-based logic, LoweConex can be configured to push running condition changes live in line with triad periods.  Using triad avoidance recipes, LoweConex automatically implements system running changes to ensure minimal energy usage when higher tariff rates are in place.  Allowing supermarkets to circumvent spikes in energy costs and maintain increased consistency across operational costs throughout their estate, throughout the year.

Virtual Battery Principles

Use innovative IoT principles to unlock viable energy storage.  LoweConex can automatically deploy virtual battery principles that enable customers to store energy during off peak times to generate cost savings.  Creating an energy reserve that is then released while energy is sold at higher tariffs to avoid unnecessary running costs.  Particularly lucrative for supermarkets with high energy demands as a result of large freezer estates, the cost of energy used to charge the battery is significantly lower than the cost of normal operation during a high energy cost period.  These principles can also be applied in reverse, making use of a low-cost energy tariff, using energy when it is cheapest.

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Intelligent Remote Control

When it comes to implementing intelligent energy saving measures, LoweConex isn’t limited to demand response.  Utilizing intelligent remote control LoweConex further reduces energy consumption by implementing corrective improvements to asset running conditions estate wide.

Automatic Set-point standardisation

With LoweConex, not only do supermarket retailers reap the benefits of automation to automatically implement set-point changes estate wide but set-point standardisation is also a proven energy countermeasure that effectively decreases energy consumption.

For a retailer with 800+ stores, LoweConex implemented automatic set-point standardisation to decrease energy usage by 4.6kW per cabinet, per 24hours.  Generating an energy saving of £266.45 per cabinet, per year.

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Remote switch offs

LoweConex allows supermarkets to take advantage of units that hold non-temperature sensitive produce or systems that are only used during times of footfall.  Removing unnecessary running time to ensure cost effective asset management across your estate.

A large national retailer with an average store footprint of over 5,500 sq. ft. wanted to address their use of HVAC in-store to reduce unnecessary energy costs.  LoweConex implemented automatic HVAC shutdowns to match store opening and closing times, automatically shutting down HVAC units on store closure and restarting 1 hour before store opening.

In combination with automated intelligent set-point standardisation, these energy consumption countermeasures will save this retailer c.£1.8million in energy per year across their entire estate.

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A New Level of Control

Fully customisable with complex meta data structures, visual data displays, and rule-based and truth-based logic, with LoweConex supermarket retailers have access to automated energy countermeasures at their fingertips.  Harvesting c.100million data points every 60 seconds, LoweConex enables data-driven energy adjustments that produce real-time savings across your supermarket operations.

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