Optimum Energy and Tignis struck an exclusive multi-year agreement to provide a closed loop HVAC solution for smart buildings last week, according to a press release.
The companies say that integrating Tignis’ PAICe Monitor solution with Optimum’s control software solution will enable a wide range of smart building facilities to swiftly detect operational anomalies that increase energy consumption and carbon emissions.
Optimum says these facilities include semiconductor fabricators, pharmaceutical manufacturing sites, hospitals, and universities.
The PAICe Monitor solution ingests existing operational data and uses AI and machine learning to automatically identify anomalies that could result in operational variances in a customer’s process. Tignis says the solution can determine the most highly correlated interactions of system inputs and environmental variables, enabling teams to proactively address potential operational issues.
Optimum’s control software is designed to provide continuous system-level optimization of water-cooled chilled water plants, air handling units, boiler plates and other energy system equipment without the need for intervention from operators. Optimum says this system will act as a supervisor for customers’ HVAC building automation systems, noting that its technology can drive up to 50% improvement in energy and cost efficiencies.
The partnership comes at a time when facilities operators are looking to gather environmental data and reduce energy costs, both in physical buildings and in the processes they operate. The renewed focus on sustainability comes ahead of the climate-disclosure rules that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to release in October.. These rules are expected to require public companies to report carbon emissions and set action plans to reduce energy usage.
As a result, many technology companies have released new HVAC-related products to help facilities managers clean their air and improve the energy efficiency of these systems.
Last month, Schneider Electric launched a pair of demand-driven ventilation products aimed at saving 10% to 20% in HVAC energy costs. In May, Honeywell launched a Forge for Buildings product, which connects to building management systems, featuring expanded sustainability and energy management applications.