Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Schneider enhances digital energy management

Steve Rogerson
December 11, 2018
Schneider Electric has made IoT-enabled enhancements to its EcoStruxure Power digital energy management architecture in response to demand for reduced carbon intensity, operational efficiency and business continuity.
The expanded EcoStruxure Power 2.0 now makes management of low and medium voltage power distribution and energy simpler for building, grid, industry and data centre users.
EcoStruxure Power leverages IoT and digital technologies, bringing together the French company's connected products, edge control software, apps, analytics and services. With open integration, real-time operations and analytics, the latest version delivers a complete digital experience for facilities teams to help optimise people and asset safety, and improve reliability and operational and energy efficiency.
The enhancements are designed to monitor, manage and protect end-users while delivering security, reliability, performance and compliance with industry standards.
Enhancements include the second generation of Wiser Energy, an integrated monitoring system that provides insights into homeowners' activity and energy use. Through a partnership with Sense, whose intelligent home energy technology interprets the power usage and activity of devices in the home, Wiser Energy provides real-time, easy-to-understand, actionable data to help homeowners make confident energy management decisions.
Homeowners can track the activities of individual devices in the home and set custom alerts to notify them when something turns on or off, or if anything unusual is happening. It can simplify daily, independent life for an aging population while providing peace of mind to loved ones and caretakers that electrical systems and appliances are working safely. It also has real-time solar monitoring capabilities.
The Easergy P3 system and arc flash protection relay is designed to protect both equipment and end users. This protection will trip a circuit-breaker when a fault is detected and is designed to save operational time and limit equipment damage with arc flash protection. The Easergy P3 is for medium-voltage equipment protection and control devices. It can make every stage of the project faster, from off-the-shelf product selection, to installation and configuration.
Schneider has also launched its Square D Brand Masterpact MTZ low voltage power circuit-breaker. The air circuit-breaker uses on-board communications and class one (less than 1% error) metering accuracy built into every circuit-breaker. It also allows wireless remote control of the circuit-breaker via Bluetooth LE keeping maintenance staff outside the arc flash zone during operation.
Part of the EcoStruxure Power platform, the Masterpact MTZ uses IoT enhanced digital capabilities. It includes wireless communication, customisable and downloadable applications, integrated analytics and advanced metering, and sensing technologies that address evolving industry needs.