Zen and Encycle Working Together for Smarter Energy Management
June 14, 2017
Swarm Logic® integration with Zen HQ adds intelligent energy management features to further curb building energy usage and benefit customer bottom lines
NEWPORT BEACH & SAN MARCOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Zen Ecosystems and Encycle today announced a partnership to bring Encycle’s Swarm Logic offering to the Zen HQ intelligent energy management platform. Zen HQ’s smart thermostats will leverage Swarm Logic energy optimization technology, which will further reduce customers’ electricity and maintenance costs by synchronizing and streamlining the operation of rooftop air handling units (RTUs) and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment.
Zen HQ enables organizations to cut electricity costs through robust controls for HVAC, demand response, lighting and energy consumption. Swarm Logic brings cloud-based enhanced demand management capabilities to the Zen HQ offering through additional control over power-hungry RTUs at the site level; it establishes a wireless network among RTUs that enables the units to communicate among themselves autonomously and efficiently respond to demand by spreading energy consumption more logically among individual units. Swarm Logic also measures the power consumption of each RTU, providing the intelligence needed to proactively pinpoint inefficiencies and allow building managers to cut maintenance costs and extend the life of building equipment.
The combined Zen HQ and Encycle solution set has been deployed thus far with two Zen HQ customers, National Stores and WSS, California-based retailers with a national presence. National Stores and WSS have already realized a 15-20 percent reduction in peak demand charges, on top of the 15-25 percent energy savings achieved by Zen HQ alone, demonstrating the synergy of the two technologies.
“Swarm Logic is a perfect cloud-based energy management complement to the Zen HQ offering,” said Robert Chiste, President and CEO, Encycle. “Integrating Zen HQ’s smart thermostats with our elegant cloud-based EASE™ (Energy as a Service by Encycle™) solution provides Zen HQ customers additional demand management benefits with ‘set and forget’ convenience that can help bring annual energy costs down 15-25 percent. In addition, there’s no need to install additional equipment on site. Energy saving has never been this easy or effective.”
Additional features of Zen HQ include:
- An integrated platform to view, control and schedule heating, cooling, lighting, and energy usage across single or multiple sites.
- Partial or full lockout controls that prevent on-site deviations from schedules.
- Demand response capabilities through OpenADR and utility certifications.
“Zen HQ has proven itself as a provider of unprecedented energy control and ROI for businesses of all sizes and footprints,” said James McPhail, CEO, Zen Ecosystems. “Zen’s success is largely due to our relentless focus on simplicity. By integrating Swarm Logic technology without disrupting customers, they’re able to further benefit from this ‘better together’ relationship that delivers even greater energy management features, and ultimately, cost savings.”
About Zen Ecosystems
Zen Ecosystems (Zen) provides intelligent energy management solutions to businesses and consumers. Zen HQ is an energy management system designed for the unique needs of businesses and utilities to provide insights and control over multisite commercial energy usage while delivering the fastest payback in the market. The Zen Thermostat is a beautiful, simple connected device for home and business that also enables multi system operators to enhance the customer experience. Learn more at http://zenecosystems.com/
Encycle Corp. is focused on helping commercial and industrial customers achieve dramatic improvements in the efficiency of their heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. The company’s multi-patented Swarm Logic® energy management technology is at the heart of the company’s solution set, leveraging the elegant simplicity of honey bee-inspired biomimicry to establish a wireless network among HVAC rooftop units (RTUs) that enables them to communicate among themselves autonomously.
A long and growing list of the world’s most-respected and sustainable companies depend on Swarm Logic to maximize energy efficiency, cut electricity costs, participate in demand response programs, reduce carbon emissions and reduce HVAC maintenance costs. Companies using the technology have reduced HVAC electricity costs by 15-25%, often with an ROI that’s less than a year. Encycle offices are in Toronto (Canada), San Marcos (California), and Taunton (UK). For more information, visit Encycle.com or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.