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Panoramic Power Energy Management Solution Overview

Delivered Solution

Panoramic Power’s Enterprise Energy Management Platform is a non-intrusive, scalable, device level energy management solution that combines self-powered, wireless sensor technology with a cloud based analytics platform. The solution generates alerts and reports in real-time, providing detailed analysis of energy consumption at the asset level. With granular, load-level real-time energy data, enterprises can optimize their infrastructure and behavior and realize significant savings on energy and operational costs.

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Data Integration and Acquisition

There are several ways for the system to accumulate information:

  • Data can be imported from other systems, meters and files
  • Data can be read in by file imports and API calls.
  • Open API and out-of-the-box adapters enable integration with third-party applications such as BMS, billing systems and controllers
  • Direct communicating devices are based on a proprietary technology using self powered CT/Meter sensors in one transmitting using 915 MHz (unlicensed frequency) to a collector that pushes the data via cell to the cloud database.

Data type support

Although system is primarily geared to electricity, the system will support other utility types and various operational parameters as part of the reporting and alarming process. The company also has a power meter which enables the metering of power, voltage, current, power factor and power quality measurement data.

Visuals

Dashboard

The dashboard provides a detailed snapshot of the energy consumption at single or multiple sites. The dashboard displays the total historical, current and projected energy consumption over the entire monitored sites. It also provides managers with a quick-glance view of energy consumption breakdown and provides energy and facility managers with detailed energy and operational information. Dashboards are updated based on the frequency of data coming in the system. There are some basic dashboard applications for review and optional tailored dashboard that can be provided upon request. Some standard dashboards (maps and performance screens) allow for stepping down and up the metering assets. Tailored dashboards can be provided for specific applications.

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Reports

Standard Reporting

Consumption – Allow users to view consumption data per specific site and specific circuits over time and correlate it with ambient or outside temperature.
Heat Map – Display energy usage as a “heat” intensity map, enhancing user’s abilities to instantly detect exceptional energy consumption.
Data Normalization – Normalize energy consumption by weather and other site specific parameters to compare efficiencies between sites and systems. [In addition normalization can be done by the Panoramic Power Index and to other industry standards.

The solution includes canned reports based on best practices, as well as customized reports that can be provided for specific applications.

Actionable alarms and anomalies

Users can easily create sophisticated, rules-based events and alerts in order to automate and improve everyday processes. Events and alerts can be triggered by energy pattern, status and/or threshold changes. Multiple types of predefined alerts can be triggered when a threshold change, or a combination of threshold and temperature changes, is met. Alerts can be sent to customers via, SMS, Emails or HTTP post notifications.

Platform

SaaS platform operating across tablets and phones as well.

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Licensing

SaaS – Pricing is based on hardware and an annual subscription to software. Pricing varies based on number and type of sensors purchased, as well as by the number of sites utilizing the solution

Optional Services

Deployment Services

  • Onsite hardware deployment
  • System configuration and validation
  • Training
  • Actionable alerts and automated report settings

Reporting Services

  • Proactive data monitoring, identifying actionable insights
  • Detailed analyst reports
  • Tailored reports and dashboards utilizing our business intelligence platform

Pros

  • With proprietary hardware and configuration simplicity, initial installation and uptime is very quick and cost effective.
  • Solid visuals and presentation

Cons

  • Direct read of meters using only Panoramic meter sensors for electricity. Therefore non-electric energy parameters must rely on 3rd party technologies to provide the data.
  • Does not support any open protocols such as BACNET, Modbus and Zigbee.

Cypress Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat Overview

The worldwide, patent pending Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat (WPT) delivers DDC-like functionality at a fraction of the time and cost of existing legacy systems. The WPT is installed without the need to change out pneumatic pipes, run wires, replace actuators or disturb tenants. It is not necessary to upgrade entire building at one time; installers may selectively retrofit individual thermostats for incremental benefits.

Cypress Envirosystems (Cypress) delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress’ offerings include the PSoC® programmable system-on-chip, USB controllers and general-purpose programmable clocks and memories. Cypress also offers wired and wireless connectivity technologies ranging from its CyFi™ Low-Power RF solution, to West Bridge® and EZ-USB® FX2LP controllers that enhance connectivity and performance in multimedia handsets. Cypress serves numerous markets including consumer, computation, data communications, automotive and industrial.

Conventional retrofits of pneumatic controls to DDC typically cost over $2,500 per zone and causes significant disruption to building tenants. The long investment payback (usually four to seven years) and the need to wait for tenants to vacate mean that most legacy buildings never upgrade despite compelling energy and productivity savings.
 

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The new Cypress WPT accomplishes the same retrofit in less than 20 minutes, for less than 20% of the cost of conventional DDC. This means that retrofits can be performed right away, even while a building is fully occupied, and achieve payback periods of about one year. These are key advantages for stimulus funding eligibility.

The WPT is directly compatible with the majority of legacy pneumatic thermostats from Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Robertshaw, and Siemens. It can seamlessly integrate with modern building automation systems from virtually all major vendors via BACnet/IP. Numerous 3rd party systems integrators have successfully implemented the BACnet link including Emcor, ACCO, Johnson Controls, Siemens, RSD-Total Control, Wolf Mechanical, Syserco and others.

In addition, the system has completed compatibility testing with utility Auto-Demand Response systems, developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, and is being used by California utilities to shed electrical load during peak consumption periods.

According to Dan Ginn, General Manager of RSD-Total Controls, a distributor and installer for the WPT, “In today’s challenging business environment, this technology can be a savior to help us implement projects that are otherwise economically unfeasible.”

“The Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat will help unlock an enormous reservoir of potential energy savings from legacy facilities, including older federal buildings,” said Bien Irace, Senior Vice President of Business Development for Cypress Envirosystems.

Strengths:

  • Integrates into current BMS platforms with standard protocols
  • Installation time is minimal; Building shutdown not required
  • Makes utility programs such as DR more viable

Weaknesses:

  • Functionality is only as viable as the pneumatic system it is being connected with.

DENT Instruments Metering Overview

DENT Instruments supplies a wide range of metering solutions ranging from portable meters and loggers for M&V projects, single meters for three-phase loads, multi-circuit meters for high density three or single-phase loads and a SMARTlogger for monitoring and gathering data for projects. Along with meters, DENT provides a family of CT (Current Transformers) including split-core, clamp-on and Rogowski coil “rope” CTs (RoCoil™).

Common key functionality

  • BACNET and Modbus support for permanent metering systems (PowerScout meters) that communicate with existing BMS systems
  • .333v inputs in the ELITEpro & PowerScout meters
  • Software available to support installation of the meter

Temporary measurement tool

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The ELITEpro XC is a complete solution for pinpointing electric usage and recording building performance metrics. It is capable of measuring, storing, and analyzing electrical consumption data which is derived from the voltage and current inputs. The ELITEpro XC uses direct connections to each phase of the voltage and various interchangeable CT options such as split-core current transformers, or flexible RōCoils (for large loads or large cables and buss bars) to monitor current on each phase.

Single-Point Submeter

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  • Over 50 measured parameters for energy measurement
  • USB Port for quick and easy setup and diagnostics
  • Optional Display Quickly scroll through real-time values and perform diagnostics
  • Serial and Ethernet on the Same Unit – All Ethernet units (PS3037-E-X) are equipped with both RS-485 and RJ-45 connections standard
  • DIN Rail Mounting for compact installs
  • Revenue-Grade Performance ANSI C12.20-2010 qualified Class 0.2
  • Single or 3-phase energy and power meter for submetering applications
  • Full range of Split-Core or RoCoil™ Rogowski-style current transformers
  • Patented PhaseChek™ LED indicators ensure correct CT placement & orientation during installation
  • Line-Powered 80-600 VAC phase-to-phase power supply, (Use on 120/240V, 208/120V, 480/277V, or 580/335V, 380/220 volt services),50/60 Hz
  • Switchable between industry-standard Modbus Communications and BACnet Protocol
  • Features one digital output port
  • Data updates occur every 0.5 seconds
  • UL and CE Mark

 Multi-Circuit Submeter

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  • Over 50 measured parameters for energy measurement, monitoring and diagnostics. Monitors voltage, current, power, energy, and many other electrical parameters on single and three-phase  systems
  • 24 channels for multi-circuit monitoring
  • Single or 3-phase energy and power meter for submetering applications
  • Mix-and-match a full range of Split-Core or RoCoil™ Rogowski-style current transformers
  • Patented PhaseChek™ LED indicators ensure correct CT placement & orientation during installation
  • Line-Powered; 80-600V Phase-Phase Power Supply (Use on 120/240V, 208/120V, 480/277V, or 580/335V, 380/220 volt services), 50 or 60 Hz
  • Selectable industry-standard Modbus and BACnet Communications
  • Data updates occur every 1 second
  • UL
  • CE Mark (PS24 Serial only)

Smart Logger

SMARTloggers

 

The SMARTlogger series of instruments are designed to monitor the on-off status and total time of use data. SMARTloggers provide the operating schedule for energy-consuming devices or systems. Models are available for lighting systems, motor loads, or virtually any electric load generating at least .25 amps. Professional installation is not required to use these small, robust loggers.

Family of Current Transformers

Split core
High Performance Mini Hinged CTs
High Performance Midi Hinged CTs
Standard Split Cores
High Accuracy Split Cores
Ranges: 20A & 50A
Ranges: 100A & 200A
Ranges: 50A, 100A, 200A, 400A, 600A, 1000A
Ranges: 5A &15A
Rogowski coils (Rope)
RoCoil™
RoCoil mV™
RoCoil TCA-5™
Lengths: 16″, 24″, 36″, and 72″
Lengths: 16″, 24″, 36″ and 72″
Flexible CTs with a 5A Output
(use with any length RōCoil™ CT)
Clamp on
High-Performance 150A Clamp-On
1000A Clamp-On

Performance summary

Strengths:

  • High resolution 5 amp slit core CT that converts the 5 amp to .333mv input (despite no 5 amp input meter) which allows easy adaption to the older 5 amp configuration meter installations in the field
  • Multiple solutions for customers to choose from
  • Configuration software for easy setups; Preconfigured using a USB input
  • Line powered equipment. No auxiliary power required. (Does not apply to the SMARTloggers, which are battery powered – user-changeable coin-cell battery)
  • Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity options for temporary metering (ELITEpro XC)

Weaknesses:

  • Limited to .333v CT inputs
  • May be buying meters (with no CTs) that may never be implemented, but will still be available for future use. Ex: Requirement to meter 5 three phase panels and having 8 in the box
  • No harmonic measurement capability
  • PowerScout series: local display is optional on the standalone meter and not available on the multi-circuit meter. Note: Data can be locally displayed via Bluetooth to phone application or using DENT software to the meter USB connection

Triacta Power Multi-Circuit Electric Meter Reviews

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Triacta provides a line of multi-circuit meters that allow for metering in a high density location where multiple loads need to be monitored. Multi-circuit metering provides a smaller meter footprint, simpler install procedures and lower costs.

Across the line key functionality

  • Meter elements that can be configured for meters 1,2 (network) or 3-conductor circuits.
  • Fast installation for new construction or retrofits
  • Measures Wh delivered & received, VARh delivered & received, VAh, Vrms and Irms
  • Data logging: Non-volatile flash memory unaffected by power outages, stores up to 2.4 years of interval data
  • MODBUS® TCP and BACnet®/IP protocols for building automation integration
  • Built-in DHCP or static IP configuration
  • Uses high-speed internet, 100BASE-T Ethernet standard
  • Using advanced IP-based communications, PowerHawk meters transmit data over existing wireless, phone, or high-speed Internet connections without the cost of a dedicated service. There’s no need to purchase or maintain additional computers or meter reading equipment.
  • Triacta-hosted, cloud-based reporting and metermanagement software is include with all purchases
  • Supports summation metering by grouping CT’s by phase together
  • Realtime (instantaneous) data via BACNET or Modbus
  • Built using industry standard protocols and come complete with remotely upgradable firmware — making them a future-proof solution that will perform for years to come. Reliable, full-featured and fully networkable. They can be quickly installed for both new construction and retrofits.
Triacta Metering

Triacta meters transform properties into Intelligent Buildings — bridging the energy information gap by making data visible to all stakeholders. With Triacta meters in place, Energy management data that was once only available within facilities management is now also accessible by anyone with the need to know via Internet Protocol and IT systems

Revenue Grade Meters

Revenue Grade Meters

The PowerHawk 6000 series of smart meters and monitors combines revenue-grade electrical submetering with advanced communications technology — complying with all regulatory electric safety and communications requirements and meeting stringent ANSI 0.5 Accuracy Class standards. Plus it has been independently certified to ANSI 0.2 accuracy class standards when deployed with 80mA or 100mA CT’s.

PowerHawk 6X03 Multi-point Meter 

The PowerHawk® 6X03 is designed to meter or monitor branch offices, remote loads, and other low density applications. The 6X03 provides six meter elements that can be configured for 1, 2 (network) and 3-conductor circuits.

PowerHawk 6X12 High Density Meter

The PowerHawk® 6X12 is designed to meter or monitor multi-tenant office buildings, medium-sized retail, industrial, or institutional buildings, multi-tenant residential buildings, and other high density applications. The 6X12 provides twenty-four meter elements that can be configured for 1, 2 (network) and 3-conductor circuits.

PowerHawk 6X20 High Density Meter

The PowerHawk® 6320 is also designed to meter or monitor high density applications but with has more meter elements available for configuration. The 6320 provides fifty meter elements.

Energy Management Meters

Multi Circuit Meters

Triacta’s Energy Management Meters (PowerHawk® 4000 Series) are designed to meter or monitor remote loads, multi-tenant buildings, retail and institutional spaces, or any application that needs to integrate with building automation systems.

PowerHawk 4X06 Multi-point Meter

The PowerHawk® 4X06 is designed to meter or monitor branch offices, remote loads, and other low density applications that need to integrate with building automation systems. The 4X06 provides six meter elements that can be configured for 1, 2 (network) and 3-conductor circuits.

PowerHawk 4X24 High Density Meter

The PowerHawk® 4X24 is a high density energy management meter designed for multi-tenant buildings, medium-sized retail and institutional spaces, or any high density applications that need to integrate with building automation systems. The PowerHawk 4X24 meter provides twenty-four meter elements that can be configured for 1, 2 (network) and 3-conductor circuits.

Performance Summary

Strengths:

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  • ANSI C12.20 Class 0.2 certified (6000 Series). Scheduled for NYPSC acceptance for tenant billing applications summer of 2015.This will be of great value for the property management in installation and operations.
  • Supports up to 24 single pole circuits 12 residential tenants or 8 3-phase loads
  • Lab certified for revenue grade.
  • BACnet certified which will allow for standard BMS integration
  • Remote / IP configurable which minimizes the need for revisits on support.
  • DHCP capable on a customer network
  • Remotely upgradeable firmware
  • Multiple selections in current measurement sensors. 80 and 100 ma, 5 amp and .333mv inputs.

Weaknesses:

  • 1 minute data must be supported with an external appliance. This would apply if being used in a Demand Response market.
  • May be buying more meters than needed for an application. Ex: If there are only 10 loads to monitor I would be buying meters but not CT’s that I would need for the job.
  • Requires PT with 480V Delta configuration (No neutral present)
  • Ordering can be confusing if the sites is not properly vetted and surveyed to make sure the correct package is ordered. Need to be aware of the primarily voltages supported and types of CT’s to use ( 5A, 80ma, 100ma or .333mv) Triacta will support the establishing of equipment needed based on single-line schematics and panels.
  • No basic THD measurements