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How Encycle helped a large clothing retailer and a pharmaceutical distribution company save thousands of dollars annually on HVAC energy while qualifying for significant utility incentives.
This case study profiles the energy challenges of two different customers, demonstrating the scalability and results of Encycle’s Swarm Logic® cloud- based technology across different types and sizes of distribution centers.
Customer One is a well-known, international clothing retailer with a 1.8 million-square-foot distribution warehouse. The massive location features 115 HVAC rooftop units (RTUs) having a combined 5,235 tons of cooling capacity, with Swarm Logic managing 5,759 kW in HVAC electric load.
Customer Two is a global wholesale pharmaceutical distribution company that has deployed Swarm Logic at two California distribution sites measuring 221,200 and 210,200 square feet. Together, these two sites feature 49 RTUs that have a combined 872 tons of cooling capacity, with Swarm Logic managing 961 kW in HVAC electric load.
Both customers were seeking to improve the control and efficiency of their HVAC systems while making progress toward their corporate sustainability goals. In addition, their facility operations teams wanted insight into individual RTU performance to help reduce downtime and improve operating efficiency. Finally, both customers wanted to take advantage of available demand response incentives and needed access to a technology solution that would simplify participation.
Swarm Logic® Solution
Encycle installed Swarm Logic technology at all three distribution centers profiled above. Integration was quick and seamless, enabling each building’s RTUs to operate as part of a networked system. This approach allows the RTUs to respond more efficiently to changing conditions such as outdoor temperature and building occupancy, thereby apportioning energy consumption more logically. Using Encycle’s Swarm PortalTM, both customers gained clear visibility into their HVAC energy use and savings in real time. Swarm Portal also provided valuable insights into the performance of each RTU in real time, enabling their facility operations teams to proactively address RTU scheduling and maintenance issues in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Operating invisibly in the background on a 24/7/365 basis, the scaleable Swarm Logic solution created a significant decrease in energy consumption and demand, maintained building comfort for employees, and helped ensure proper conditions for the pharmaceutical products. Customer One observed that Swarm Logic provided them with similar benefits as a building automation system such as scheduling and notifications, all at a fraction of the cost. Encycle’s solution also allowed these customers to enroll in California’s demand response (DR) programs, with Swarm Logic simplifying the operational processes for participation for the facility staff. With Encycle’s Swarm Portal, both customers had ready access to the information needed to report their corporate sustainability, saving their facility operations and sustainability teams hours of time.