SEATTLE — Optimum Energy has released OptimumEDGE™, a patented, quick-start HVAC optimization solution designed to shave chiller plant energy use by 13 percent on average — and cut water use as well — without affecting building operations or occupant comfort, said the company.

OptimumEDGE gives commercial building operators affordable access to patented technology in OptimumLOOP™, the company’s advanced chiller plant optimization solution for large commercial facilities. OptimumEDGE is engineered for buildings that have up to three chillers with a combined cooling capacity of 400 to 2,000 tons.

“We’re excited to make our true optimization technology available to a large category of facilities that have not been able to achieve maximum efficiency because products designed for larger facilities just didn’t make sense for them,” said Ben Erpelding, Optimum Energy’s chief technology officer. “OptimumEDGE is an opportunity for small to midsize office buildings, health care facilities, and other commercial sites to save resources and money — painlessly.”

Top controls integrators Entech Sales and Service, Flutec LP, Sunbelt Controls, and Wunderlich-Malec are partnering with Optimum Energy as charter resellers to deliver and install OptimumEDGE.

“OptimumEDGE complements our model of providing our clients with software-based technology for energy savings that fits their sustainability and other green initiatives,” said Brandon Harlan, service and technology manager for Sunbelt Controls. “And Optimum Energy is well known in the industry for its patented technology that maximizes energy reduction in chilled water plants.”

OptimumEDGE uses relational control algorithms to optimize chiller system components in relation to one another in response to real-time building loads and changing ambient and occupancy conditions. Most conventional control technologies optimize components individually to fixed set points, which results in some savings but does not achieve peak efficiency.

The company said that benefits go beyond energy and water savings. OptimumEDGE prevents performance drift and provides insights into plant operations. It also provides anywhere, anytime access to operational data via Optimum Energy’s secure, cloud-hosted OptiCx™ platform. And facilities that install OptimumEDGE can earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Energy Star points.

OptimumEDGE software runs on a JACE® 8000 controller that operates with Niagara 4, the latest version of Niagara Framework®, to ensure optimal security and performance.

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Publication date: 10/4/2016

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