Energy-Monitoring System Helps Plants Meet Energy-Compliance Standards

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EnergyPAQ is a self-contained energy monitoring unit that provides visual data identifying how much and where energy is being used by various building loads and processes. It monitors and collects usage data from all energy types, including electricity, water, gas, compressed air and steam. After determining problem areas within a facility, EnergyPAQ allows users to implement a viable energy savings plan to reduce consumption and demand through a dynamic demand control/response solution.

The unit is pre-wired and also includes multiple data-logging options, wireless options, a web-based dashboard and cogeneration management. EnergyPAQ uses Mitsubishi Electric Automation’s Q Series rack PLC system as the basis for the energy monitoring modules. This system expands the basic platform, including the ability to connect to an Ethernet communications network. It also tracks data for up to five independent circuits, which are hard wired from current transformers that are clipped to the power cables.

Multiple additional circuits can also be connected to EnergyPAQ using a wireless mesh network. Critical data such as amps, volts, kW, kWh and power factor can be monitored and stored in non-volatile memory. This information can then be retrieved and imported into a spreadsheet or dedicated energy monitoring software, such as AX Energy.

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