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Case Study: CCI Meets Demand Response Goals

Light Industrial Facility

CCI has had a heritage of innovation for over 50 years. Their claim to fame is DRAG® technology based severe service control valves, which have provided a quantum leap in efficiency and transformed for their industry. Originally founded in Rancho Santa Margarita, they are now operating globally in 15 different countries. Being an innovative technology company, CCI was aware of the existence of demand response (DR) programs and technologies. However, they struggled to find the right solution for their unique business needs. Their dedication to efficiency underscored the compatibility of Swarm Logic to achieve their energy goals.

Client Challenge
  1. A. Achieve energy bill savings through demand management without affecting customer experience
  2. B. Enable remote, decentralized load management for scheduling and consumption reduction
  3. C. Demand response participation with minimal impact on interior temperatures and humidity
Swarm Logic Solution
Swarm Installed: 2012

Encycle installed Swarm Energy Management controllers on 27 HVAC units at the manufacturing facility. After two initial weeks of gathering baseline data, the controllers were set to function in Demand Management mode. Swarm Energy Management controllers perform demand management intelligently by enabling electrical loads to communicate and coordinate with one another, thereby reducing the number of loads running at the same time.

The system’s patented Swarm Logic allowed for significant reductions in electrical demand while maintaining occupant comfort. The controllers also did this automatically, so they do not require any intervention from the facility employees. With Encycle’s guidance, the customer also enrolled their Rancho Santa Margarita facility in an AutoDR program. Now when there is a demand response event, the utility sends a signal for curtailment to the Swarm Energy Management system. The facility managers can simply set their controlled loads to DR mode with the click of a button rather than running around and adjusting the programmable thermostats when there is a call for curtailment. Finally, Swarm Energy Management allows the HVAC units to continue to provide some cooling during the events, so a comfortable work environment is maintained.

The Results

The system’s patented swarm logic meets demand response goals by allowing for significant reductions in electrical demand while maintaining occupant comfort. The controllers also did this automatically, so they do not require any intervention from the facility employees. With Encycle’s guidance, the customer also enrolled their Rancho Santa Margarita facility in an AutoDR program. Now when there is a demand response event, the utility sends a signal for curtailment to the Swarm Energy Management system. Now, the facility managers can simply set their controlled loads to DR mode with the click of a button rather than running around and adjusting the programmable thermostats when there is a call for curtailment. Finally, Swarm Energy Management allows the HVAC units to continue to provide some cooling during the events, so a comfortable work environment is maintained.

 

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