The smart energy landscape is a sophisticated combination of ICT, electricity networks and alternate energy sources that optimizes the energy utilization by exchanging real-time information of electricity usage with the end user and by integrating alternate energy sources balancing supply and demand during peak hours.
The smart energy implementation can aid consumers not only save huge amount of OPEX but also managing the carbon levels.
In a Smart Energy Society, NEC offers wide range of solutions - Energy Management & Control System (EMC), Energy Storage System (ESS) and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)/ Smart Grid across smart energy ecosystem and foresees requirement of deploying such solutions for Retail, Telecom carriers, Industries, Utilities, Data Centres and Building/Malls.
Retail and Malls - For buildings dedicated to retail sales and services (including convenient stores), cooling, refrigeration and lighting consumes more than half of total electricity usage. If this energy usage can be monitored and controlled using automated measures, it would help retailers to bring down their energy OPEX significantly. The integration of the alternate energy source, like a battery or even a solar PV in future, with the main grid shall enable the retailers to use the stored energy during the peak hours when energy is being traded at high tariff
Telecom Carriers - The base stations typically requires to maintain 20 - 22 degC temperature to keep all the network equipments running efficiently. Thus, In Asia, telecom operators maintain those temperature levels by using air conditioning at their base stations. If this energy usage can be monitored and controlled using automated measures, it would help telecom operators cut down energy OPEX by significant percentage.
In Asian countries, the off-grid challenges makes the energy consumption cost much higher due to additional usage of diesel generators. The emergence of renewable energy source like solar panels integrated with the alternate energy source like a battery and a monitoring and controlling of energy from all these sources shall be the most desired solutions telecom operators may be looking at
Utilities and Buildings - In Asian countries, Air conditioning is widely used due to existence of hot and humid conditions. In such climate most of the energy is consumed by air conditioning, ventilation and lighting. If we integrate the alternate energy source and energy management & control system with the main grid, it would help the building owner to monitor and control the energy usage at any given point of time. This could aid the owner to not only save cost but also make the facility green and environment friendly
In all the above verticals, remote monitoring of all the sites (BTS shelter, retail store, buildings, etc.) from a central site gives additional control and cost benefits to the owner. Also more frequent updates like - energy profiling reports including analysis of energy consumption, peak demand, power quality and carbon footprint can be seen. Meter Data Management (MDM) also enables central management of meter data collection, validation, tariffs, billing, and pre-paid credit balances
Energy Storage Systems (ESS)