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OPTIMIZED PERFORMANCE

ecoOpera Systems Inc.

Tel: 877-553-5751

What is ECOCEO

EcoCEO (Continuous Energy Optimizer) is a comprehensive Energy Management Information System (EMIS) for supporting and streamlining Energy Monitoring, Targeting and Reporting (MT&R), Measurement and Verification (M&V), Operations and Maintenance (O&M), Commissioning (Cx) and Recommissioning (RCx) and custom processes. Offered as a web-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or as a turn-key stand-alone system, EcoCEO provides unlimited scalability from stand-alone projects to worldwide building portfolios.

The development of EcoCEO was based on industry guidelines, produced through the Canadian and US federal government programs, outlining EMIS performance characteristics and capabilities.
These guidelines include:

  • “Energy Management Information Systems – Achieving Improved Energy Efficiency: A Handbook for Managers, Engineers and Operational Staff”, developed through Natural Resource Canada’s CIPEC (Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation);

  • “Energy Information Handbook – Applications for Energy-Efficient Building Operations”, published by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and supported through the US Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Program.

As a result, EcoCEO incorporates and expands upon industry-standard best practices based on comprehensive research.

 

CAPACITIES

The foundation of EcoCEO is a highly flexible data management and visualization, mathematical calculation and building automation communications system.
Specific EcoCEO applications are supported through the distinguishing features of the EcoCEO core services which include:

  • Availability as a web-based service or stand-alone turn-key solution;

  • Capability of collecting, storing and analyzing practically unlimited amounts of data (>200,000,000 discrete data points per building, per year);

  • Capability of handling thousands of sites around the world;

  • Continual functional updates without impacting existing functionality;

  • The use of standard building automation communication protocols such as BACnet, MODBUS, and LonWorks, to connect to central DDC systems and field devices such as smart meters and HVAC equipment controllers;

  • Modular, object-oriented design that allows for custom designed solutions tailored to client needs and unlimited expansion and elaboration;

  • Secure role-based and resource-based user access, including building operators, energy managers, and engineers;

  • Secure communication protocols for data collection and transfer;

  • Open architecture that supports virtually any energy management effort or alarm strategies;

  • Contains a standard Application Programming Interface (API) that allows advanced users to configure and define custom energy and performance models;

  • Diverse reporting methodologies including – run-time and historical performance summaries, performance and fault alerts, and user defined ad-hoc reports;

  • Capability of accessing third party information systems (e.g. weather stations) to collect energy consumption influencing factors such as ambient outdoor temperature, wind, and humidity; 

  • An extensive set of format and database drivers that provide seamless integration of information collected by third party energy management systems and loggers;

  • The latest in web browser and user interface techniques to produce interactive graphs and reports;

  • Data acquisition hosted on a network of computers located at the facilities, with cloud-based or local hosting options for EcoCEO applications;

  • System maintenance and control utilities responsible for the monitoring system health and integrity of data collection;

  • Data cleaning and interpolation methodologies for un-interrupted data time-series;

These features coalesce to provide highly flexible and scalable solutions, with an emphasis on buildings and facilities energy and operations management applications.

APPLICATIONS

 

From overall building portfolio performance tracking to detailed systems analysis, EcoCEO facilitates a variety of processes and roles within the Facilities and Energy Management industries.

Operations Managers – Utility Cost Control

As an Operations Manager, your key concern is the cost effective operation and maintenance of your building portfolio. Using EcoCEO, quickly summarize portfolio utility costs for a day, month, or year and track cost performance over time. Display and report on utility cost performance and cost savings and identify your high and low cost facilities. Investigate performance issues with building sub-systems by drilling down to system and plant performance summaries.

 

Utility Conservation Program Managers – Return-on-Investment

As a Program Manager of a Utility-sponsored incentive program for energy conservation, your key concern is verifying with minimal uncertainty the avoided energy and demand that results from your conservation program. Using EcoCEO, measure energy and demand savings for 10 buildings or 10,000, and use the result to determine your conservation program cost performance in $/kWh or $/kW. Sort through facilities by region, client, or building type and compare normalized energy consumption, emissions and utility costs.

 

Energy Managers – Energy and Emissions Tracking

As an Energy Manager of a portfolio of buildings and facilities, your key concern is the on-going reduction in energy consumption, energy cost, and energy-related emissions. Using EcoCEO, benchmark portfolio energy, cost and emissions performance against national averages and historical baselines. Accurately measure energy management program savings and compare and contrast facility trends and performance characteristics.

 

Building Operators – Equipment and Systems Performance Issues

As a Building Operator, your key concern is the trouble-free operation of equipment and systems and the comfort of building occupants. Using EcoCEO, identify underlying operational issues through complete historical archives of systems operations and flexible presentation tools. Browse through summary pages of systems and equipment inventories and use straightforward performance indicators to understand operational behaviour and characteristics.

 

Engineering Consultants – Optimization Opportunities and Design

As an engineering consultant providing energy management or retrofit design services, your key concern is the detailed understanding of building operations at a fine level of detail. Collect and analyze unlimited operational data for your purposes, and use standard and custom-defined performance metrics to assess conservation opportunities. Identify system peak loads and part-load curves to design appropriate and effective retrofit solutions.

 

EcoCEO is offered as specific standard applications tailored to specific needs and requirements (see the PRODUCTS section for more details), and also facilitates custom-designed solutions. The common elements of these applications that allow for advanced yet accessible energy and operations analysis include:

  • Real-time energy and operational monitoring and alerting;

  • Benchmarking against standards, historical performance or simulated conditions;

  • Breakdowns of utility consumption, costs and energy end-uses;

  • Statistical modelling for flexible benchmark creation;

  • Sortable inventories of buildings, utility services, meters, systems, plants, and equipment;

  • Graphical data presentations including trend-logs, control charts, scatter-plots, cumulative sums, histograms and bin data;

  • Whole building analytics including energy, cost, and emission intensities, and energy profiles;

  • Whole building analytics including energy, cost, and emission intensities, and energy profiles;

  • Systems analytics including efficiencies, run-times and operating condition summaries;

  • Performance forecasting and what-if analysis;

  • Custom reporting, modelling and module programming;

  • Integration with external data sources include energy models and weather stations;

 

BIG DATA

Big Data represents a new era in data processing. Eco Opera have recognized early the power of this new computing paradigm to further enhance capabilities of ecoCEO and analyze various sensor data to achieve breakthrough insights in energy management. 

Energy subsystems in every facility generate data on an unprecedented scale. The ability to manage the increasingly high volumes and high-velocity streaming sensor data is essential. The fundamental advantage of current big data architectures is the ability to efficiently process unstructured data.

Here are few examples on how are we at ecoOpera harnessing the power of Big Data:

  • Very common requirement from any provider of facility services is the ability to rank building from their portfolio based on energy efficiency and to monitor the changes in energy efficiency over time. Existing rating standards like HERS are not ubiquitous and rating process is very expensive. As part of ecoQuest we are utilizing cloud based Big Data processing to normalized buildings to adjust for seasonality, measurement scales and other factors that may skew the ranking and calculate energy efficiency factor.

  • Collected sensor data is very often error prone and Sensors drifting away from their set points very frequently increase the energy consumption of the building. Additionally sensor calibration is expensive proposition. It is very natural that the Big Data technologies are utilized for ecoCEO regression model generation - off-line processing of this huge amounts of sensor data in order to compare actual vs. optimal energy consumption for every building monitored by EMIS.

Ultimately, there is quite natural symbiosis of the big data processing capabilities on top of sensor data and the traditional on-line processing of the conventional EMIS.