Energy control system technologies have evolved from mechanical and pneumatic devices to computer-based systems and controllers over the past two decades. In particular, the current energy storage controls encompass electronic devices with communication and microprocessor capabilities and standard cabling communication protocols and use powerful, affordable microprocessors. If you want to invest in the best energy control system, this guide offers the features you can consider and the benefits of using them.
Features for Better Energy Storage Controls
Historical data can enable you to compare your current energy consumption with the past years so that you can visualize energy trends and determine any issues.
An energy control system should be equipped with automated billing capabilities to minimize the burden of reading your utilities.
Meter software integration
An energy control system has two parts: software (computer applications) and hardware (instruments and meters). Ideally, you will want the two components to interact seamlessly to minimize user involvement.
Other critical control features
An energy control system can offer you other controls such as load leveling, load following, and load shifting that ensure you best use your system.
- Load leveling will ensure that you store energy during low-demand seasons, and your system delivers more power during higher demands.
- The load enables you to adjust power output when power demands change during the day.
- Load shifting enables us to alter electricity consumption from one period to another when the cost is less.
- Peak shaving allows you to minimize the amount of energy produced during peak hours.
You can tie your energy storage system to a renewable energy system such as wind or solar, biomass and generator. Therefore, you will have a tool to minimize your energy demand costs and offer predictability against future utility changes. That will provide resiliency to your critical functions as you access the available incentives. Further, the system will address the issue of solar energy, especially the timing of the solar production that might mismatch with the energy consumption timing.
Sudden changes in facility power demands and energy generation need responsive and nimble energy controls. Therefore, you need to invest in energy control software with patented forecasting to help in energy storage integration, load leveling, load shifting, peak shaving, real-time data evaluation, interoperability of utility, and understanding when you should conserve the battery. Most importantly, you should minimize the environmental impacts of your company and have adequate energy to carry out your business processes effectively.