The energy environment behind the meter is becoming increasingly complex. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the United States has more than 12 million distributed generation units, representing about one-sixth of the capacity of the nation’s existing centralized power plants. Navigant Research expects global DER capacity to grow up to five times faster than new central station generation over the next five years.
Distributed energy resources (DERs) are mushrooming, particularly in the commercial and industrial (C&I) sector. Consider this: Between 2011 and 2015, distributed generation in the U.S. C&I sector increased by 400 percent, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This growth represents a significant opportunity for energy and technology providers. Navigant Research says, “a new landscape is emerging in which a more sophisticated two-way grid of networked DERs is emerging which will pave the way for an Energy Cloud ecosystem valued at $1.3 trillion in new annual industry revenue by 2030.”
Imagine losing service to a fleet of cell phone towers because back-up generators did not start during a power outage. Unfortunately, this disastrous scenario is far from uncommon and the net loss to the provider is huge. It is estimated that 20-30% of generators fail when called on in an outage. This problem results in costly downtime, impacting customers and creating a PR nightmare. It also points out systems that are ill-equipped to manage critical infrastructure in crisis.
Announced today, Blue Pillar’s Aurora Energy Network-as-a-Service (ENaaS) is now powered by Microsoft Azure.
Is the Internet of Things (IoT) just an overhyped technology vision or can it practically improve businesses today? Can bringing IoT into a facility help it run more efficiently and reliably? What other positive business outcomes can IoT enable? Is it cybersecure? And, who is needed to help successfully deploy a Facility IoT strategy within an organization?
As a leading provider in the Energy IoT space, we get these questions a lot. Last week, in collaboration with Dell and Facility Executive, we put together a webinar to answer those questions and paint a clear picture of what IoT can do within your facility today. The complete one-hour webinar “Can IoT Live Up to the Hype Within Your Facility?” is available for audio playback and the presentation slides are available for download. This blog covers some of the highlights.
Working with companies that have numerous facilities throughout the United States, we often get asked the question, “How can I get better, high-level visibility into all of our energy usage throughout our entire corporate footprint?” The answer is something we call “Centralized Facility Management.” Blue Pillar has become one of the leaders of Centralized Facility Management because we start with a template-driven approach that unlocks the power of local connectivity across multiple sites through our Aurora® Energy Network of Things™ platform. The platform has been used to connect and collect information from all of the energy assets at local facilities and bring them to a central, single corporate interface for real-time monitoring and control of Energy Things in every building connected. To get started, check out these simple assessment questions to see if a Centralized Facilities Management approach is right for your organization.
Houston Methodist is one of the largest hospital systems in the world. They employ leading specialists in a variety of medical fields and are considered one of the most successful teaching hospitals in the U.S. Additionally, Houston Methodist contains some of the newest technology for life-science research.
From October 2015 to March 2016, Dell and Intel created a contest challenging IoT companies to “Connect What Matters” using the Dell Edge Gateway. Today, on the one year anniversary of their IoT division and Edge Gateway Series, Dell announced the winners of the contest that encouraged businesses large and small to submit game-changing IoT ideas. Blue Pillar emerged to place Silver in the overall competition from a field of over 1,000 other companies competing for $600,000 in prizes.
In this final in a five-part series exploring the disruptive trends impacting facility and energy management, we look to 2016 and beyond. We will explore how the elements of the first four posts come together to create an open collaboration between facilities, energy service providers and solutions providers, in order to achieve resiliency, efficiency and self-sufficiency.