Energy monitoring and management

Building Management System (BMS) Automation

BMS System

In order to gather as much information as possible about the energy consumption in the company and, consequently, reduce associated costs, it is worthwhile to implement a tailor-made system. We are talking about a BMS system – an energy consumption and production management platform that aids in optimizing plant operations. The system also serves for monitoring them.

The BMS system can monitor energy through integration with technological processes, as well as with systems such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning, hot water, lighting control, ice water generation, and greywater recovery.

The mentioned system integrates machines and devices within a single network, allowing precise control over those responsible for the highest energy consumption. This enables better process management within a single building or an entire complex, ultimately leading to energy cost reduction by up to 30%. Such results would not be achievable without controlling the system based on quantitative data on energy consumption and production by each device within the system.

The implementation of a BMS system yields quick results due to its ability to make immediate adjustments. However, before deciding to implement the system, it’s important to consider that determining the total cost of the comprehensive system can be a challenging process. The implementation of a BMS system is preceded by cost estimation, gathering information from the company about technological requirements, as well as expectations and plans for future facility development. Additionally, projects for such systems are neither inexpensive nor simple.

BMS systems should be treated as an investment that will pay off through lower energy bills. This is because the costs of implementing these systems are directly related to the savings they will generate in the future.

At Energy Trend, we will analyze the possibilities and potential for implementing a BMS system in your company and propose its financing.

How does a BMS system work?

BMS (Building Management System) automation is a modern building automation system that enables the monitoring and management of all devices and systems operating in a building and its surroundings, ensuring their convenient and efficient utilization. Such systems can be used in private homes (known as Smart Homes), offices, manufacturing facilities, and various other types of businesses. Connecting industrial equipment to it provides extraordinary possibilities for cooperation between individual devices or systems and such management that allows for the reduction of energy consumption, for example, by increasing the energy efficiency of production lines.

Individual devices connected to the BMS system communicate with each other using various technologies such as wireless, optical fiber, traditional, twisted pair, or coaxial cables. Control through the BMS system can be done manually, automatically, or with partial human involvement. This can be achieved using computers, wall-mounted touch panels, buttons and switches, as well as web applications. The automation is programmed to control devices either in a time-based manner or based on parameters (using motion sensors, temperature sensors, etc.). The system also allows for the simultaneous control of all devices or selected elements, which can be individual devices or groups of devices. An interesting option is the creation of so-called operating scenarios, which allow previously programmed modes of operation to be activated easily and quickly.

Heating Substation Automation

BMS systems, due to their complexity as extensive networks of devices, can be a significant investment. A more budget-friendly approach is to gradually introduce smaller solutions one at a time, such as implementing automation in heating substations, which can noticeably reduce energy costs.

What is the automation of heating substations? Automation of heating substations, through data analysis, reduces the amount of heat consumed. How does it work? An automated system lowers the temperature of the heat transfer fluid and adjusts the network parameters to regulate or cut off the flow of heat to buildings or zones, but only those where there is no current demand for heat.

The system collects data that enable operations such as changing network parameters or completely turning it off. These pieces of information include current and forecasted weather conditions, indoor climatic conditions, the physical properties of the building, its location, human behavior, as well as individual user settings such as working hours for employees in a specific area. Heat can also be controlled using qualitative and production-related data.

At Energy Trend, we provide a comprehensive analysis of the profitability of implementing automation in heating substations. We also offer financing solutions for such investments, including the acquisition of White Certificates.

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