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Dynamic Energy Controls with Patented Forecasting

Energy Controller

Many companies are looking for ways that they can better control their energy usage. You may want to have more control over your energy expenditures or need a better system for controlling how and when to use energy. In these cases, you will need an energy controller that easily makes adjustments as needed. First, it's important to understand what this technology is and how it works.

What is an Energy Controller?

An energy controller or energy management control system is a computerized system. As the name suggests, it is used to control or regulate the energy consumption in abuilding. Ideally, the controller hardware and software will integrate with and work for a range of different types of energy. This might include generators, building management, energy storage solutions, solar, or wind.

This provides users with control over how and when energy is used while ensuring they have information regarding best practices for their home or business.

Benefits of Using Energy Controls

Many people and businesses are not accustomed to the use of energy controllers. They have been using the same systems for years and rely solely on the grid for their energy. This gives them far less freedom than they might realize and that it is not good for sustainability. Today, more and more companies are realizing the importance of having other energy options such as solar power. CleanSpark offers solar controllers for energy optimization and cost savings.

One of the biggest benefits is cost savings. When you have an energy controller system in place, it can allow a substantial reduction in utility costs. You will have control over how energy is being used, when it’s being used, etc. Quality systems like mPulse provide a range of data that analyzes your historical energy use, which could help you prepare for the future.

Quality energy controls can also help ensure that the environment is comfortable for employees, students or residents when used in a building. They can improve the overall performance of the facility and help to increase the return on investment. Getting started with the energy controllers might seem costly, but the cost savings will financially make sense in the long run.

Of course, not all energy controls are created equally. Some do not have the features and capabilities needed to work well for everyone. This could mean that you have less control than you realize or that it won’t integrate with the other tools already being used. It is important to find an energy controller that can integrate with the technology being used in the facility. It’s also important to check into the features and benefits that the energy controller can provide.

CleanSpark offers high-quality hardware and software that can help ensure you have all the control you need for your business or residence. Our solutions provide simple integration and use while making it possible to have the data and control that’s necessary. You can scale your energy controls system as needed to grow along with your business.

mPulse from CleanSpark

mPulse provides a distributed energy control resource management software solution that is brimming with features and benefits. One of the biggest benefits you will notice is that the system is technology-agnostic. It can work with a wide range of energy assets to help ensure the highest level of resiliency while providing the lowest-cost energy. Let’s take a closer look at some of the major benefits of the mPulse energy controller.

What Does Technology-Agnostic Mean?

Technology-agnostic simply means that the system can work with any sort of energy solution or technology the company might be using. mPulse leverages standard communication protocols and interfaces. Some of these include CAN, REST, DNP3, and Modbus RTU & TCP. Users will be happy to note that mPulse also supports a range of plug-and-play protocols. mPulse can participate in demand response programs that are using ADR 2.0.

This capability means that it should be possible to use mPulse with whatever systems you might be using and have in place already. It also means that if you were to later change the energy resources being used, the new energy resources would likely be able to work with mPulse as well.

Another one of the benefits of the software is that it provides a high level of cyber-physical security at all levels. Given the fact that cyber threats are so serious today, having a system that takes safety and security seriously is essential. Of course, there are plenty of other reasons to consider choosing mPulse.

Dynamic Monitoring

mPulse excels in dynamic monitoring, which is essential for a quality energy controller. It can monitor the conditions of the energy system or microgrid and respond quickly to ensure integrity is maintained. The monitoring can provide you with the information needed to determine how best to maximize your energy savings and ensure future energy availability.

When choosing an energy controller, do not overlook the importance of property dynamic monitoring. It can make a difference in terms of savings and the availability of energy. Without monitoring, you might not realize you are running out of stored energy and could be drawing more power from the grid during an expensive period.

A Modular Design

The energy system or microgrid setup will generally vary from one another based on a range of factors. In some cases, you will only need to have a simple setup that will be easy to control and use. Other times, the system might be more complex and require more moving parts to function properly. Regardless, mPulse software is an energy controller that can work well.

It features a modular design that can scale and evolve as your needs change over time. Although a business or residence might not currently have a need for a complex energy control system, this may be the case in the future. mPulse ensures that you can continue using the same controller as your needs grow. This means you and others working with the system will not have to worry about learning how to use and integrate a new system into the setup.

For the energy controls hardware, we use commercial off-the-shelf products that have been sourced from Tier 1, ISO 9000 vendors. These are quality pieces of hardware that allow for plug-and-play implementation. The hardware and software are made to be easily integrated for simple use. This can be a good solution for many types of energy systems, both large and small.

Forecasting Improvements

There are often abrupt changes that occur in renewable energy generation and facility power demands. There needs to be a good and simple means of handling these changes. mPulse can provide this level of control. Even better, the software provides patented forecasting, which can provide you with benefits when compared with scheduled control.

With scheduled control, you will find that your energy control is not as flexible, nimble or responsive as you might need. However, you can prioritize battery discharge for the highest value targets including capacity-based peak pricing. This provides a better understanding of when you need to conserve battery power. The system will make it easier to adjust the control algorithms on the fly when rates change as well.

Forecasting helps ensure you have the power you need when necessary while saving energy and adjusting to get the best possible rates.

More Great Features

In addition to the benefits mentioned above, mPulse from CleanSpark can provide a host of other benefits. It can help control energy conversion, use from the utility grid, energy storage, energy consumption and more. Here’s a handy list of what you can expect:

●      Utility interoperability – The system can work with a range of utilities, making it easy to create changes with energy usage as needed.

●      Legacy asset integration – The system can integrate with legacy assets that you might still be using.

●      Peak shaving – Leveling out peaks in electricity used by consumers. It helps to reduce the amount of energy that is being purchased during peak hours to help provide financial savings.

●      Real-time data visualization – The best way to have full control over the energy in a facility is by having easy-to-access and understandable data. MPulse provides you with the tools you need.

●      Integration with any energy asset or vendor – As mentioned, this technology from mPulse is agnostic so it can integrate with a wide range of assets and vendors without any issue.

●      Load following – Adjusting the power output as the demand for electricity changes throughout the day.

●      Load shifting – Load shifting refers to moving electricity consumption from one period to another. Shifting the load to a different time could provide greater cost savings.

●      Load leveling – This helps to ensure that energy is stored during low demand and that more power can be delivered during periods when there is higher demand.

●      Energy storage integration – Many companies are storing energy that's gathered from solar power. mPulse integrates control over the storage solution.

●      Islanding capability – Islanding refers to the ability of a distributed generator to continue to provide power even during a grid failure.

These are the best reasons to consider using mPulse as your energy controller. Even though there may be other options available for energy controllers, you should use a system that will provide you with all the features and benefits you need. Remember, you will also want to have a system that can grow along with your energy needs. Although you might not need to have access to all the features right now, it doesn’t mean that you won’t need them later.

Available mPulse Tiers from CleanSpark

You will have three tier options from which you can choose when you are getting started with the mPulse energy controller. These are divided into Lite, Pro and Max. The option that you choose will be based on what your needs are at the time. Fortunately, you will find that it’s easy to upgrade when your needs change. Let's examine what each of the tiers offer.

●      Lite – The Lite tier includes local monitoring and schedule control, featuring a local HMI interface. You can determine how and when you are using the power. In this tier, there is a fee to change the schedule.

●      Pro – The next tier up is called Pro. In addition to the features of the Lite Tier, this also includes alarms and alerts. There are several pre-configured alarms supported by the software. You can get the alerts through SMS or email. Additionally, you will have monthly reports and full cloud portal functionality with the Pro option. The automated monthly reports can provide you with a better understanding of your energy usage so you can make changes if needed. At this tier, you can change the schedule without paying an added fee.

●      Max – The Max tier includes all benefits of the other tiers. It also offers local economic optimization with no need to call CleanSpark if the utility rates change. Additional features include ad-hoc reporting, data exporting and heavier hardware.

To learn more about energy controllers and how to start using them, contact CleanSpark. You can get in touch with our team through the website or by calling 866-245-1722. We look forward to helping you determine the best solution for your needs.