Building Management Systems can Help Bolster Energy Efficiency in Warehouses


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While energy efficiency is a concept normally associated to either residential or commercial and educational spaces, the truth of the matter is that significant energy savings can also be achieved in the industrial sector, especially warehouses and storage facilities.

These represent a huge potential for energy efficiency and this article highlights some great opportunities for reducing the energy bills. Typical industrial or warehouse facilities can have some of the below elements that consume energy.

  • High Mast Lighting
  • Interior lighting (in offices and aisles)
  • Air Conditioning systems (serving office spaces and machine rooms)
  • Lighting on conveyor belts or equipment
  • Motors and Pumps

Air conditioning solutions are some of the higher consumers of energy. They are present not only in office spaces of the facility but also in parts of substations. Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) used to operate the various Motors in the facility and VFD controls are installed in separate rooms other than the panel rooms of the substations as they require air conditioned space. These air conditioning units often operate 24×7 and also have standby air-conditioning units due to the criticality of the equipment.

In many situations these “Drive Rooms” are overcooled beyond the required 24°C, thereby consuming more energy. A centralized AC control can be installed to encompass the control of all split units across the property. These centralized AC control systems which operate multiple split ACs can also monitor the room temperatures to turn them ON/OFF more effectively, allow for switching between the working and standby units as per schedules, allow centralized status monitoring and control, run the units as per schedule and control the set temperatures centrally.

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