1. Total Building Optimization in North America
Hitachi is developing Total Building Optimization as an energy efficiency solution for customers with large numbers of small to medium-sized facilities. Many companies, especially large corporations, have been looking in recent years to make energy savings as a way to cut costs and to take action on the global environment. Unfortunately, when these companies have a large number of small to medium-sized facilities and equipment scattered across a large country, the size of each facility is small when put against their high overall energy consumption and this acts as a drag on progress toward energy efficiency measures that have high cost-benefit barriers.
Drawing on technology and know-how in the use of modeling for equipment diagnosis and energy efficiency analysis for large numbers of small buildings, as well as energy efficiency solutions built up through collaborative creation with numerous customers, including large North American telecommunications companies, Hitachi is developing systems that use the Internet of Things (IoT) for the collection of information on energy use and for advanced control, and also systems for the centralized management of this information. As part of this, Hitachi has plans to launch services for North America in 2018 that include the use of optimal control for efficiency improvement and energy-efficient operation; the promotion of energy efficiency through measures that include remote anomaly detection, the early identification of deterioration, and more efficient maintenance work; and the optimization of operating costs.