FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How can SenseNode increase energy efficiency?

Industry executives say better energy efficiency is critical to their businesses and will become even more critical in the next two decades. Around 77 percent of manufacturers say that energy efficiency will be a critical success factor for manufacturers’ profitability in the next 20 years.

SenseNode delivers an easy to use EMS system for measuring and analysing energy consumption, including live trends with energy pattern warnings and statistics on a detailed level to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

The system is designed to efficiently and easily give access to snapshots, trends and key figures for the entire facility, both on a general and on a detailed level. Our EMS solution analyses different consumption variations to coordinate various controls (such as only turning on lights in the parts of the plant where people are), etc. An open portal SenseNode EMS solution allows companies to coordinate their systems so they get a clear overview of energy use to easily optimise energy consumption.

What role does SenseNode play in creating a sustainable manufacturing solution?

Growing numbers of companies are seeing energy efficiency as a key part of their efforts to promote sustainability. Thirty-five percent of respondents say sustainability is a key factor influencing their investment in energy efficiency—up from 26 percent two years ago.

SenseNode provides any subcontractor to larger companies with a simple and fast solution that meets their customers’ demands for sustainable manufacturing and traceability. We meet those requirements using the fastest and easiest installation and deployment. This is made possible with both the wireless sensors and meters, together with wireless 4G communication to cloud services and with easy access to the selected Key Performance Indicators (KPI). The solution can be connected to any browser, smartphone or tablet on the market.

What is the financial case for investing in energy efficiency?

More and more firms are investing in efficient lighting, heating, and air conditioning—but the proportion that are investing in efficient plants and equipment remains static. Just 39 percent of respondents have invested in efficient equipment in the past three years, versus 40 percent in 2011.

A SenseNode customer will recoup the cost of the system in a short time (18 months at most) and create a more secure and stabile manufacturing operation. The SenseNode EMS solution solves this by detecting if there is an abnormal amount of energy used through energy sequence monitoring. Our customers can also save costs if their production system is stable, and charge their clients for the actual energy cost of producing and delivering the goods.

What are Sweden’s plans for energy efficiency regulation?

Regulatory pressure on industry will further intensify in the coming years. Numerous countries plan energy efficiency regulation to promote better practices and technologies in industry. Fifty-seven percent of survey respondents say that energy efficiency regulation is stringent, up from 40 percent in 2011. Still, 64 percent of executives describe regulation as a benefit rather than a burden.

 Sweden has introduced a five-year climate and energy plan that includes incentives for SMEs (medium-sized enterprises) to manage and analyse their energy consumption and to procure energy efficient technologies. Including the statement of requirements for local governments to half their energy consumption by 2020, we are working actively with Helsingborg City to develop energy efficiency in their industrial areas using a SenseNode EMS solution.

What improvements and information can a SenseNode solution deliver?

Innovations in process design and execution will also promote better energy efficiency in the future. Manufacturing processes are likely to become more energy efficient as process execution improves. These improvements may be driven by technologies such as intelligent, networked pumps and compressors; improved operational software and applications; and cloud-based super-computing capabilities that enable real-time modelling and control of energy use.

SenseNode delivers the future of energy efficiency technology to industries and municipalities with the help of intelligent wireless networks for monitoring and control. We deliver the most cost-effective energy solutions on the market, where installation of wiring is redundant and monitoring of all energy data is provide through cloud services and easily accessible via mobile applications and web services. Our system solution provides a detailed energy information monitoring and control by e.g. unit, sales orders or product. The SenseNode system is based on the global open standard for efficient communication within buildings.

How does SenseNode fit into an energy efficient future driven by software?

The key to improved energy efficiency will increasingly lie in software rather than in hardware. As advances in technology allow better management of equipment and processes, the challenge for industry will be to develop analytics capabilities to interpret data and report performance. Over time, it is likely that improvements in energy efficiency will be driven more by software and apps, and less by equipment and plant.

A SenseNode EMS solution includes solutions to easily install an intelligent wireless network of sensors and power management controllers for continuous measurement and monitor of energy flows within industrial process engineering. We deliver cloud services and the capabilities required, together with access and control from any web browser or mobile wireless device on the market.

What is SenseNode’s vision? 

The Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that industry can save $3.3 trillion in energy bills by 2035 by implementing manufacturing process control and Energy Management Systems (EMS) in facilities.

SenseNode aims to be the world’s leading supplier of EMS solution by 2020, with more than 1000 installed EMS systems worldwide and net sales of €49M. 

How can SenseNode save my company energy cost?

The SenseNode Energy Management System measures both peak power and average power consumptions from an array of wireless sensors. The results from these measurements are used as a baseline in the energy improvement dialogue with the local power plant to enable correct tariff billing for the additional cost of peak power.

Our EMS controlling solutions provide the possibility to distribute energy per the needs and availability. We make it easy to monitor energy information on a detailed and on an overall level through our easy-to-use mobile and web application – creating awareness of the cost of energy. We have a proven track record of improving distribution power transformation stations from an average efficiency of 65% to 87%.

What is SenseNode’s working procedure for each project? How long does it take to establish the sensor network for each project, or for different market segments or customer types? 

Our working procedure when interacting with new customers consists of the first initial contact where we describe our EMS solutions and share updates from our deployed installations in real-time data. Then we review the task at hand and their energy improvement goals. Next steps consist of a quotation of a turnkey EMS solution together with a system description customised to the customer’s requirements.

How can I follow the monitoring results and achieve energy efficiency?

The monitoring of real-time energy consumption and historic data is easily viewed on any smartphone, tablet or browser

 What type of industry is the most suitable target?

All customers are equally important due to that we have the flexibility to measure and control energy consumption in any machine or device.

How can SenseNode increase energy efficiency?

Industry executives say better energy efficiency is critical to their businesses and will become even more critical in the next two decades. Around 77 percent of manufacturers say that energy efficiency will be a critical success factor for manufacturers’ profitability in the next 20 years.

SenseNode delivers an easy to use EMS system for measuring and analysing energy consumption, including live trends with energy pattern warnings and statistics on a detailed level to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

 

What are SenseNode’s competitive advantages over other cloud energy analysis systems?

SenseNode has only 10% of the installation time of other solutions thanks to our innovative wireless sensors. You can add and remove sensors from the network when needed. Our application solution works on any browser or smartphone on the market. Our solution is a fraction of the price compared to Schneider EcoXtrure. We can show you and your company much more in a live demonstration or give you access to our EMS data during a visit.

What are your key competitive advantages over other real time monitoring systems.

Wireless sensors, measurement devices and controllers. A quick & flexible installations process. And the fact that the system covers large and remote areas.

The system is based on encrypted secure bidirectional wireless communication with fast, automated responses through sensor technology to allow for continuous process optimization.

We deliver and enable intelligent equipment networking with cloud computing capacity and the flexibility to quickly adapt our user interface to our customers’ needs.

Am I correct in understanding that you achieve the savings through real time
monitoring and balancing the energy consumption and supply?

Correct. We use the technology to allow for continuous process optimization and reduction of energy costs.

SENSENODE IN SHORT

The SenseNode solution is true Smart Energy Tracking Technology (SETT). This tracking technology gives you an up-to-the-second overview of where and how you are using energy. And by knowing exactly when and where you are using the most energy, you can take the necessary steps to reduce energy usage. Creating a better, more sustainable future for your business – and the planet.

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