Chiller-plant energy use slashed by 60%

New software slashes energy use in central chilled water plants

Magdy Mekky, Johnson Controls VP and MD for the Middle East.
Magdy Mekky, Johnson Controls VP and MD for the Middle East.

Johnson Controls has announced a new technology offering to help reduce energy consumption in central chilled water plants in buildings by up to 60%.

Integral to achieving these savings is new system-level automation software that enables persistent optimum performance and energy savings in central plants in both new construction and existing buildings.

The technology is available for all types of buildings, including residential, commercial, mixed-use, hospitality, airports, hospitals and educational facilities.

Depending on climate, region and equipment configurations, a central chilled water plant can consume more than 30% of the power required to run a building.

To achieve peak efficiency performance, a facility’s central plant equipment and independent components can now be designed and operated as a single integrated system with Johnson Controls Central Plant Optimisation (CPO) software.

“Building owners and operators have the biggest opportunity to realise savings where the facility consumes the most energy, namely the central chilled water plant,” said Magdy Mekky, Johnson Controls VP and MD for the Middle East.

“A holistic approach to plant design and operations is necessary to drive efficiencies that minimise operating costs, reduce environmental impact and lead to a better return on investment,” added Mekky.

Traditionally, energy efficiency in the HVAC industry has been driven by the capabilities of individual components. CPO offers a holistic systems approach with the potential to achieve and sustain ongoing savings throughout the entire lifecycle of an HVAC system.

CPO 10 and CPO 30 feature innovative control technologies that are designed to provide system performance improvements based on real-time building loads. When incorporated with a modern building automation system and efficient HVAC equipment, CPO software solutions can help a chilled-water plant system achieve maximum energy savings.

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