Getting to Know Energy IoT the Blue Pillar Way Part 2: What is Energy Network-as-a-Service (ENaaS)?

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Jun 28, 2017 10:36:00 AM
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Last time we explored how Blue Pillar is revolutionizing the Energy IoT landscape. Today we’ll be diving into one of the quickest and most affordable ways to deploy an Energy IoT network – Blue Pillar’s Energy Network-as-a-Service (ENaaS). ENaaS is a low impact, “no-touch” way to connect Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) that sit behind the meter at large commercial buildings. Once connected, the end customer has real-time data and control of DERs that can feed higher level applications like DERMs or Demand Response platforms. Dispatch and data can be at your fingertips. This blog will explore how Blue Pillar got here and why this solution is poised to revolutionize the grid as the need for bi-directional control to DERs transforms energy for consumers and prosumers.

In the Information Age, industry-changing disruption is no longer an “if”, but a “when”. Over the past decade, a wide array of innovative disruptions redefined many facets of daily life, from travel to healthcare, communication to business. The same changes are rippling through the energy industry. With Energy IoT technolgy, we can revolutionize the way energy is monitored, used, and controlled. The groundbreaking innovation in the energy sector has been the ability to simplify the way “Energy Things®” (aka DERs) of varying makes and models can be connected to centralized, vendor-agnostic Energy IoT platforms for real-time data and control.

Millions of Energy Things consume, produce, monitor, or store electricity, powering our modern world. They’re the energy foundation of hospitals, data centers and universities. Large and small companies alike rely on Energy Things to maintain a robust flow of power to convert revenue generating services to profit, day in and day out. Without any real-time network to connect these Things, wasted power and outages are inevitable. To date the only way to monitor Energy Things in real-time required crews to travel from DER to DER and gather data manually (for those in the smart metering industry pre-AMI, this probably sounds all too familiar). In fact, facilities will waste 30% of their energy when assets cannot be remotely monitored or controlled. The result is wasted energy, higher carbon footprints and power outages that stall profit, interrupt cable and wireless access, and even put lives at risk.

As our energy infrastructure grows more complex, real-time control and visibility can keep us safe, reduce costs, and decrease environmental impact — all while driving productivity and profitability. When properly connected by an Energy IoT network, these Things can become more than lonely DERs unable to communicate. With automated connectivity, anything from generators, HVAC, fuel cells, solar panels, wind turbines, and other assets can be remotely accessed to unlock their full potential with real-time data and control.

Blue Pillar and our Aurora® Energy Network of Things® platform brings high-tech disruptive innovation to the energy sector, challenging the status quo with connectivity. Aurora is the only IoT platform that seamlessly integrates all your energy things under a single real-time, controls network. Whether an asset generates, stores, switches, consumes, or measures electricity, it can be connected through our Energy IoT network, providing unmatched energy data visibility and control. In addition, Aurora is vendor-agnostic, allowing for compatibility with different apps and protocols, as well as varied makes, vintages, and models of hardware. Businesses with multiple commercial facilities, energy providers with distributed generation, and software developers creating new energy apps need Blue Pillar. 

But what allows Blue Pillar to stand apart in the Energy IoT crowd is our Energy Network-as-a-Service (ENaaS) – a no-touch, behind-the-meter deployment that is revolutionizing the energy industry. Imagine having access to behind-the-meter DER data without every stepping foot behind the meter or having to pay for the hardware and upfront installation of an Energy IoT network? With ENaaS, Blue Pillar owns and maintains all hardware needed to enable the Energy IoT network (e.g. sensors, gateways, etc.). We provide Service Level Agreements around data reliability and network uptime. We take the “necessary evil” of having to build and deploy IoT networks off your plate and allow you to focus on the data that will drive your enterprise. That’s why we are one of the fastest growing and most awarded companies in the clean tech industry today.

For those in need of connecting large distributed DER fleets, ENaaS is the perfect choice to put you ahead of the Energy IoT curve – without accidentally finding yourself in the IoT business.

Learn more about how Aurora and ENaaS simplifies distributed energy generation and what sets it apart from other IoT solutions in this 2-minute video and be sure to look for our final installment in Part 3 of this blog series where we look at Aurora’s unique technical advantage.


Topics: Emergency Power Management, Resiliency, Sustainability, Energy IoT, Energy Transformation, DERs, Energy Network-as-a-Service