Intelligent Efficiency: Innovations Reshaping the Energy Efficiency Market

Greentech Media announced their updated and expanded coverage on energy efficiency. Demand Energy sponsored the launch of this endeavor and their special report on “intelligent efficiency,” a new paradigm emerging in the market based on information awareness and data analytics.

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Some excerpts from the report:

4.3 Energy storage and on-site generated energy

On-site storage also continues to evolve as an interesting energy efficiency play in the built environment. Storage is typically seen as a grid-scale application to accommodate variable generation from renewable power plants; however, it is also commonly used for uninterruptible power supplies in commercial buildings and critical facilities. As thermal storage and chemical battery storage systems improve, these technologies are becoming a more popular component of energy management.


Figure 4-3: Demand Energy’s Intelligent Storage Platform

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For Demand Energy Networks, a storage integration company that operates on the building level, intelligence is the key to expanding the market. The startup deploys an intelligent energy management platform with an integrated energy storage system to smooth out load on-site. It currently uses lead acid batteries, although the company is technology-agnostic. The most innovative piece of the system is Demand Energy’s data analytics and software platform, which integrates with building controls and responds to changing conditions in real time. “When you get intelligence in the building, a lot of people are stunned about how much they can see,” says Shane Johnson, vice president of North American sales at Demand Energy. “Many of our customers don’t even have a building energy management system.”

The addition of a layer of intelligence is what sets these emerging storage capabilities apart. While a great deal of attention is paid to new battery chemistries, much of the innovation happening in storage is in the system integration. The focus on an intelligent architecture opens up new possibilities for integrating storage as part of demand response or straight energy efficiency projects. “We have a much broader definition of efficiency related to how you control and operate the systems in a building,” says Johnson. “It’s a combination of all those systems at the edge of the network and [the way they are] coming together.”

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