OptiCx Platform Module To Improve HVAC Efficiency


According to Optimum Energy, commercial buildings and campuses can save energy use of HVAC systems from 20 to 40 percent by using the company’s new OptimumAIR module for the OptiCx optimization platform. This platform has made its official debut at the IDEA Campus Energy 2016 Conference.

OptimumAIR necessarily adjusts the airflow from the direct digital control (DDC) variable air volume (VAV) systems to use the least amount of chilled water, fan power, and heating energy possible while satisfying humidity, airflow requirements, and building temperature.

This platform also gives continuous system-level optimization as opposed to the traditional controllers that retain static temperatures and pressures or optimize based on “worst case” zones. It functions by making use of patented demand-based relational control algorithms to read the precise airflow that is needed for building comfort and naturally regulates energy exchange throughout the chiller plant, air-handling unit (AHU), and boiler plant systems in real time.

Ben Erpelding, the CTO of Optimum Energy said, “Our first customers are seeing the OptiCx Platform with OptimumAIR make a substantial contribution to achieving campus and corporate sustainability goals. OptimumAIR really amps up our customers; ability to cut energy and water use dramatically, saving resources and money.

The cloud-based OptiCx Platform maximizes all aspects of enterprise-grade HVAC that included air-handling systems, boiler plants, and water plants. The modular approach of the platform lets the users assess one system at a time – in a building or across far-flung facilities – with the confidence that every new module will work with the others to boost energy savings.

This new platform also gives advanced machine learning and diagnostic capabilities. The system knows how chillers functions I various operating conditions and equipment combinations and analyzes the most efficient chiller run order with the Dynamic Sequencing option. The Predictive Free Cooling option has real-time weather data to enable free cooling periods and the Real-Time Dynamic Commissioning identifies performance issues and suggests fixes which enable technicians to perform just-in-time maintenance remotely.

As written on its website, Optimum Energy software and engineering expertise aid its customers to reduce energy use in heating and cooling systems, which are the largest consumer of energy in buildings. The company’s software is used in hospitals, data centers, universities, and commercial office buildings.