It’s challenging to minimize energy costs in central plants without compromising reliable service. Every hour of every day, plant engineers could consider hundreds of possible factors to maximize energy efficiency: equipment combinations and set points, ever-changing loads, weather, utility prices and more. The number of decisions an operator could make is staggering.
Johnson Controls has introduced the next generation of Central Plant Optimization (CPO) software, which uses up-to-the-minute data to help operators make smart decisions for both design and operations. This scalable software looks forward over a seven-day time horizon to optimize cooling, heating and power generation in a holistic way. It reviews a myriad of ever-changing inputs every 15 minutes and updates dispatch decisions to minimize utility costs and maximize potential utility program revenues where they are available. Those inputs include:
- Adaptive equipment performance models
- Seven-day weather forecasts
- Power load predictions based on historical data
- Real time utility pricing
- Calendars and maintenance schedules