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OptimumEDGE™ Makes HVAC Energy Efficiency Easy and Affordable


Optimum Energy’s new software module brings state-of-the art HVAC optimization
to smaller commercial facilities

Optimum Energy’s new OptimumEDGE™ product is a patented, quick-start HVAC optimization solution that shaves energy use by 13 percent on average—and cuts water use as well—without affecting building operations or occupant comfort.

OptimumEDGE gives commercial building operators affordable access to patented technology in OptimumLOOP™, Optimum Energy’s advanced chiller-plant optimization solution for large commercial facilities. OptimumEDGE is engineered for buildings that have up to three chillers with a combined cooling capacity of 400 to 2,000 tons.

Top controls integrators Entech Sales & Service, Flutec LP, Sunbelt Controls and Wunderlich-Malec are partnering with Optimum Energy as charter resellers to deliver and install OptimumEDGE.

“We’re excited to make our true optimization technology available to a large category of facilities that have not been able to achieve maximum efficiency because products designed for larger facilities just didn’t make sense for them,” said Ben Erpelding, Optimum Energy’s chief technology officer. “OptimumEDGE is an opportunity for small to midsize healthcare facilities, office buildings and other commercial sites to save resources and money—painlessly.”

OptimumEDGE uses relational control algorithms to optimize chiller system components in relation to one another in response to real-time building loads and changing ambient and occupancy conditions. Most conventional control technologies optimize components individually to fixed set points—which results in some savings but does not achieve peak efficiency.

Benefits go beyond energy and water savings. OptimumEDGE extends equipment life by operating chillers, pumps, cooling towers and the other mechanical chiller plant components more efficiently. It also prevents performance drift and provides valuable insights into plant operations. And facilities that install OptimumEDGE can earn LEED and Energy Star points.

Additionally, OptimumEDGE software runs on a JACE® 8000 controller that operates with Niagara 4, the latest version of Niagara Framework®, which ensures optimal security and performance.

The solution is available exclusively from controls integrators certified by Optimum Energy as authorized resellers.

About Optimum Energy

Optimum Energy (http://optimumenergyco.com/) enables campuses, healthcare facilities, pharmaceutical plants, data centers and other commercial buildings to cut energy costs and meet sustainability goals by optimizing HVAC systems, the largest consumer of energy in buildings. The company’s cloud-based OptiCx™ Platform and its associated modules reduce an HVAC system’s energy usage and resulting costs by 20 to 50 percent (30 percent is typical). The technology also reduces water use in chiller plants, tracks and reports on savings, provides detailed insights into building system operations, and efficiently scales across entire building portfolios. Optimum Energy technology has enabled current customers to save about 500 million kilowatt hours of electricity, reduce carbon emissions by nearly 290,000 metric tons and save over 100 million gallons of water.


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