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WATER-SAVING RETROFIT KIT
Advanced Modern Technologies Corp: Quiet and water efficient, the company’s HYBRIDFLUSH Side Mount Automatic Retrofit Kit is intended for urinal and water closets. Easy to install because it requires no water shut-off, the HYBRIDFLUSH Side Mount unit adapts to Sloan, Zurn, and other brands of flushometers. The product is an all-metal unit, powered by four C-cell batteries, and includes an electrical and mechanical push button that keeps working when batteries are drained.
ENDLESS HOT WATER
Trutankless: Delivering endless hot water, the company’s commercial line of electric tankless water heaters is designed for facility types that count on reliable hot water for lots of functions, including restaurants, coffee shops, medical offices, salons, light manufacturing, and other retail. Built to last more than 20 years, the products save space and energy compared to a traditional water heater. The line features a proprietary software app that allows users to view real-time data on either a dashboard or via API to an existing point-of-sale system. Users can also monitor and adjust temperature settings, view up to three years of water usage data, and deploy service professionals if needed.
WATER MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
Banyan Water: The company’s blend of water management software and services track, analyze, optimize, and verify water use for large properties, including campuses, office buildings, and multifamily facilities. Banyan Water Intelligence tracks thousands of water-related data points, allowing facility managers to understand water use across a property like never before. The software can help detect hidden leaks, reduce outdoor water use, allow FMs to make informed decisions about water-saving investments, track historical water use, and budget and plan for water rate increases.
WATER FLOW MONITORING
Trident Network: Providing daily monitoring of water flow in cooling towers and evaporative condensers, WaterTrac can help manage a facility’s water consumption. The water efficiency system has the capability to provide excess usage emails, allowing FMs to respond quickly to unusual water use volumes due to common problems like stuck fill valves and broken floats. Water flow can exceed 20,000 gallons per day when a valve sticks open, according to the company, which means a waste of more than 500,000 gallons per month.
ENERGY STORAGE SOLUTION
Adara Power: Designed to support grid-tied, grid isolated in the event of grid failure, and off-grid configurations, the Adara Energy Storage System is an intelligent, stackable 8.6 kWh lithium-ion battery storage system for long lasting power management. Each system delivers more than 10 years of operation of dedicated peak shifting, back-up power, energy efficiency, as well as enables participation in emerging interactive energy exchanges. The system provides back-up power, self-consumption, minimum grid reliance, peak shifting to take excess solar energy produced during the day to night time, out-of-the-box integration to eliminate in field programming, and real-time monitoring and control through a cellular modem and web interface.
ALL-IN-ONE INTEGRATED SINK
Sloan: With an eye towards hygiene and efficiency, the AER-DEC Integrated Sink is a soap dispenser, faucet, hand dryer, and sink basin all designed to work in one touch-free system. The product is designed to facilitate a clean look throughout the washroom by eliminating soap dispensers and hand dryers on the walls and bringing them onto the deck. It features a Sloan Soap Dispenser, Sloan BASYS Faucet, and Sloan High Speed Hand Dryer on a patent-pending AirBasin specifically engineered to redirect air and water to eliminate backsplash and updraft.
ENERGY REPORTING APP
Automated Logic: Using dynamic color graphs, simple drop-down menus, and calendar control options, the EnergyReports application gives FMs the power to produce a wide variety of reports showing a building’s energy consumption and demand. A click of the mouse enables users to normalize consumption data, convert the data to cost or carbon dioxide emissions, and change engineering units on the fly. This gives facility managers a powerful tool to minimize energy consumption, maximize comfort, and achieve sustainable building operations.
ENERGY RECYCLING SYSTEM
Neutopia ecoSOLUTIONS: The company guarantees its Energy Recycling System, a combination of solutions to up-cycle the energy resources already in the building, can reduce electricity bills 20 to 50 percent. The offering makes use of the wasted energy on the electric grid, from gas lines, air pressure, heating/chilling, and even from walls in a building. The company offers plug-and-play installation within four hours and average payback periods are 3 to 5 years.
Northern Power Systems: A fully integrated energy storage system tailored to FM’s needs in terms of power and energy, the FP2000 FlexPhase power conversion system has a wide range of DC voltage optimization, able to be effective with flow, lithium, lead acid, and other chemical batteries, as well as storage options such as flywheels. The product provides utility grid support, including frequency regulation, VAR support/power quality, peak shaving/load shifting, sub-station resiliency, and renewable integration. It also provides behind-the-meter support, including demand management, time-of-use, back-up power, and critical load support.
Schindler: Improving building efficiency, the Schindler 7000 high-rise elevator uses permanent magnet motors and Power Factor 1 drives to reduce energy consumption by up to 35 percent compared to traditional elevator drives. The product also uses less heat than traditional drives. The product re-generates energy back into the building’s electrical system, and that power can be used for other building demands such as lighting, air conditioning, and plug loads. The product incorporates PORT Technology, an advanced destination-dispatching system for a new level of passenger communication and elevator utility.
KINETIC ENERGY STORAGE
Calnetix: The company’s Vycon Direct Connect (VDC) XE generates 300kW of power using patented flywheel technology. The system stores kinetic energy in the form of a rotating mass and is designed for high power, short discharge applications. The patented technology within the VDC system includes a high-speed motor generator, active magnetic bearings that are used to levitate and sustain the rotor during operation, and a control system that can provide information on the system performance. It is certified and tested by all major Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) manufacturers and is supported by a network of over 200 trained technicians on a continuous basis.
SMART ENERGY METERS
Honeywell: PowerSmart Plus Advanced Power Quality Energy Monitor combines both static metering and time-of-use functions. It is a Class 0.2 (± 0.2 percent accuracy) four quadrant, multi-function three-phase energy meter. Features embedded harmonic analyzer, voltage and current THD, current TDD and K-Factor, inter harmonics THD up to 50th order harmonic.
LG Electronics: The company’s flagship LG NeON 2 panels produce energy from both the front and back. By absorbing light from even the backside, the cells raise efficiency. This makes the cells particularly more efficient than conventional cells in mornings and evenings when the incident angle is lower. When micro cracks or finger electrode erosion happens by natural degradation of mechanisms in the outskirts of the solar cell, the product reduces down performance by blocking the electrical path due to the tight layout of wires.
MONITORING POWER DISTRIBUTION
Schneider Electric: A communication solution for asset management and energy monitoring in low voltage power distribution equipment, Smart Systems is designed to remove the complexity of connected electrical distribution devices and help FMs reduce downtime, manage energy use, and improve operational efficiency. The product takes advantage of the Internet of Things to enable a convergence of building systems including HVAC, lighting, and energy management systems into a centralized hub. This convergence has the potential to provide FMs with more intelligent building data, driving greater insight into the building operations.
SIMULATE POWER QUALITY
Schaffner EMC: Allowing users to model and simulate low-voltage, 3-phase network topologies, PQS3 is an update to the company’s Power Quality Simulation tool. The update includes more robust active filter simulation and engine power and accuracy enhancements. It features a refreshed GUI design featuring wiring by left-click, and delete by delete button functionality and enhanced sharing functionality — simply copy the URL link. Generator model included, customer-specific AC line chokes functionality now available, and 18-pulse autotransformer “Mitigator” included. The program simulates power, current and voltage at all network modes, and supports the proper selection of harmonic mitigation technologies.
MOBILE POWER MONITORING
ASCO Power Technologies: New capabilities for the ASCO 5170 Quad-Ethernet Module expand the type of information facility managers can access through mobile devices about on-site power systems. The 5170 Quad-Ethernet Module is a proactive connectivity interface for communicating information on real-time power monitoring, control, and historical insight of automatic transfer switches, engine-generators and their loads, and a utility power source. Open Modbus and SNMP capabilities provide the flexibility to aggregate and present raw data via the ASCO Critical Power Management System, a conventional building management system, a data center infrastructure management (DCIM) platform, or a network operations center.
Russelectric:With a 20 to 50 percent smaller footprint than earlier models, the Russelectric Medium-Voltage (5-15kV) Circuit Breaker-Type Automatic Transfer Switches and Bypass/Isolation Switches can be configured for open- or closed-transition transfer, with automatic or manually initiated operation. All switch functions are controlled by the RPTCS programmable microprocessor-based control system.
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