Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Cloud devices monitor solar power and enterprise power consumption

Steve Rogerson
April 1, 2015
 
Taiwan-based Billion Electric has launched two intelligent cloud devices to monitor solar power generation and enterprise power consumption. BEsmart, a series of cloud-based system integrated with smart meter and internet smart gateway, is said to provide a systematic approach to optimise business RoI.
 
Echoing the prevailing movements of energy conservation and utility economic, Billion Electric said it spent years of research and multi-million investments to develop two cutting-edge cloud computing products – BEsmart Solar Cloud and Energy Cloud. They target worldwide service providers and system integrators to increase energy efficiency and asset management through cloud computing implementation.
 
Solar Cloud comprises a smart meter, internet smart gateway and intelligent cloud computing. The front-end electronic meter measures the power generated from solar inverters and transfers the data to a smart gateway via Zigbee, Power Line or 3G wireless. The internet gateway bridges seamless network communications between a Billion-provided back-end cloud computing platform assembling the status of solar power generation into an analytic report. Authorised administers can access the performance diagnosis of multiple solar systems and gain a unified control anywhere, anytime.
 
Energy Cloud serves as an auditing system to detect any aged machine and facility abnormality, and to prevent fatal electrical incidents through closely measuring energy consumption of each electrical appliance. It automatically sends out email alarms notifying abnormal electrical activities or when the usage has exceeded power configured capacity.
 
The system not only cuts out invisible power waste in daily business operation, but also ensures that all electricity is used at the right place, in the right time, for the right amount.
 
“Our clients come from a diverse background, ranging from commercial buildings, chain stores, hotels, factories and places with large, scattered energy usage,” said Jason Liao, deputy manager of Billion’s power and energy management division. “BEsmart Energy Cloud is proven to decrease power consumption by more than 40%. Billion provides the forefront energy management solutions that reduce carbon footprint by boosting energy efficiency. We welcome all distribution partnerships with energy service companies, solar installers, wholesaler, sales agents, system integrators and value-added service providers.”