Evaluating Energy Management: How Supermarkets can Minimize Energy Consumption
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 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.
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.
The Virtual Battery Operation can be applied prior to when high energy demand peaks to avoid high energy penalties., The cost of the energy used to charge the battery is significantly lower than the cost of normal operation during the high energy cost period.
This principle can also be applied in reverse making use of a low-cost energy tariff period using energy when it is cheapest.