The Energy Cube
The energy cube is a multi dimensional view of a facility’s energy performance profile. This profile is composed of large amounts of data, which we store and manage using Big Data concepts in multiple data stores and warehouses.
The data acquired is categorized into:
- Historical production and energy data
- Utility pricing data
- Environment/geo data
- Baseline/benchmark data
Historical data provides a history of grid and self generation energy use, load demand, as compared to unit production. This data is needed to understand energy use, peak demand and consumption trends in relationship to your business processes of making, moving or storing products.
The cost of this energy and demand is a product of your utility tariff rate. Since utility pricing changes over time, we need to ensure that your energy cost reduction program compensates for rising energy cost. The facility location, building type, square footage, type of equipment and its legacy, will all impact the baseline calculation and the benchmark performance evaluation.
The energy cube provides an energy performance view to our clients who are large energy users. They are water districts, factories, and large distribution centers, with massive energy bills.
They have tackled the easy stuff; the building envelope, lighting, HVAC and refrigeration. But energy remains a major source of expense for their business. For many of our clients, it’s the second largest expense after labor.
So they continue to search for ways to reduce energy cost. But after the easy stuff, the next layer of possible energy solutions can be very costly. You really need to understand the facility energy performance profile with the ability to drill through the energy cube to get the economic feasibility right and determine the best energy solution.