The E2e Project Awarded $5 Million Grant to Evaluate New Advanced Energy Monitoring System Designed to Save Industry Energy and Money
E2e, May 14, 2015. Image credit: Fernando50
The E2e Project has partnered with Lightapp Technologies to receive a $5 million research grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to conduct the largest demonstration and evaluation of an innovative energy monitoring system, focusing on industrial facilities. The project will provide industrial customers and policymakers empirical evidence about whether advanced energy monitoring is a cost-effective approach to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The grant was awarded as part of the CEC’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program, an ambitious effort to develop and demonstrate the next generation of energy technologies to address California’s clean energy goals.
Lightapp Technologies has developed a software-based, optimized energy management system for industrial facilities. This innovative approach to energy management relates electricity consumption within specific plant systems to these systems’ production outputs. Lightapp’s software combines data from shop-floor sensors, manufacturing software systems, and external data such as weather, and it creates reports that allow users to discover, analyze, and share data about how they consume energy—and, more importantly, how they might use it more efficiently. The reports also identify operational changes, repairs, and capital investments that would lower consumption.
For this project, E2e and Lightapp will test Lightapp’s energy-monitoring system in one hundred California industrial facilities. The project will focus on the facilities’ compressed air systems. Compressed air systems do everything from running bottling lines at breweries to powering tools in automotive factories, and they account for around 10 percent of the electricity used by manufacturers. In some plants, compressors use more electricity than any other kind of gear. If successful, the technology can be used throughout a facility to measure and help optimize energy consumption in every part of the manufacturing process.