Why is BeeBryte interested in HVAC-R Systems? 

Efficient management of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC-R) systems is crucial for reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions in buildings. In shopping centers and factories, these systems can account for up to 80% of total energy consumption, highlighting the importance of adopting optimized solutions in response to climate emergency and the continuous rise in electricity prices. 

BeeBryte, a pioneer in optimizing HVAC-R systems, addresses this challenge by offering innovative solutions. By using advanced technology to adjust the parameters of thermal systems in real-time, BeeBryte maximizes energy efficiency, reduces the carbon footprint, and improves indoor air quality. 

In this article, you will discover why BeeBryte is interested in the heating and cooling systems of large commercial and industrial installations and how it contributes to the energy management of buildings. 

 

1. The importance of HVAC-R systems

2. Current challenges related to these systems

3. BeeBryte’s expertise in managing these equipment

4. The advantages of BeeBryte’s management solution for these installations

5. Case studies: successful examples

 

 

1. The importance of HVAC-R systems

  • What is an HVAC-R system? 

Currently, HVAC-R equipment, such as chillers, is managed by automated systems and/or a Building Management System (BMS). Their role is to produce and distribute heat or cold to maintain the temperature within desired limits. These automated systems have a determined operation and can only respond to internal and external conditions according to predefined instructions. 

  • Environmental Impact 

In Europe, buildings consume 42% of the total energy and are responsible for 36% of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems play a crucial role in overall energy consumption and efforts to reduce this consumption. These HVAC systems represent approximately 78% of energy consumption. 

 

2. Current challenges related to these systems

The increasing demand for energy, coupled with the continuous rise in electricity prices, underscores the urgency of better managing energy costs. It is necessary to reduce the carbon footprint while maintaining the operational quality of the equipment. 

Facing the growing challenges of air quality for the health, well-being, and productivity of occupants, the increased integration of outdoor air is widely recognized as the most effective strategy for improving indoor air quality and limiting the spread of viruses, such as COVID, which caused numerous employee absences between 2020-2022. 

However, this approach leads to a significant increase in the energy required for thermal installations, particularly for ventilation and cooling. This increase in energy, while beneficial for air quality, intensifies the amount consumed, highlighting the need to optimize systems for increased energy efficiency while maintaining a healthy indoor environment. 

 

3. BeeBryte’s expertise in managing these equipment

Under the leadership of Frédéric and Patrick, BeeBryte’s international team of engineers, thermal experts, data scientists, refrigeration specialists, and IoT & IT specialists have taken up the challenge of optimizing HVAC-R systems. This quest to harmonize energy consumption and performance has led to the creation of a predictive and automatic control service for HVAC-R equipment. A unique service that operates within the operational constraints of clients. All production, distribution, and emission equipment (new or old) are studied. 

To optimize these systems, two main approaches can be adopted. The first focuses on improving production efficiency, particularly chillers, which represent about 60% of energy consumption. The goal is to produce heat or cold in an opportune, efficient, and economical manner. 

The second approach targets distribution, which includes air handling units and other devices, accounting for the remaining 40% of energy consumption. Optimizing this type of equipment allows for additional savings by distributing the necessary heat or cold at the right time and place. 

 

Three strategies can be used to optimize these systems:

  • Reactive control: This approach adjusts operations in response to changes, such as weather variations, to meet fixed objectives.
  • Predictive control: This is the most innovative and promising method for achieving energy savings. By leveraging AI, this technique analyzes energy consumption trends and anticipates future conditions to adjust HVAC-R system operations.
  • Scheduled regulation: This method is based on a set of predefined rules, such as a schedule based on hours.

Additionally, BeeBryte integrates photovoltaic management into its HVAC-R expertise to optimize energy efficiency. This allows for dynamic consumption management based on solar production, shifting consumption peaks to times of maximum production. This approach offers the flexibility to switch between self-consumption and selling electricity. 

 

The Main Advantages are:

  • Cost reduction: By optimizing the use of solar energy.
  • Maximizing ROI: From photovoltaic installations.
  • Environmental sustainability: By reducing carbon emissions.

 

4. The advantages of BeeBryte’s management solution for these installations

 

  1. Improved Compliance with Operational Constraints and Comfort: Using prediction allows for advance adjustments to time delays caused by thermal inertia, ensuring better compliance with operational constraints and increased comfort.
  2. Increased Maintenance: Predictive control facilitates early detection of performance drifts and anomalies, reducing downtime and maintenance costs.
  3. No Disruption: BeeBryte’s solution ensures equipment control without any operational disruption.
  4. Automation: This technology provides dynamic and automatic regulation based on external temperature, internal temperature, and building activity, optimizing installations without requiring intervention from the client’s technical teams.
  5. Ease of demand – response energy management: BeeBryte offers an innovative solution allowing companies to participate in demand response programs, providing fixed compensation for availability and variable compensation when they effectively reduce their energy consumption. This mechanism aims to temporarily reduce energy use during peak demand, providing an available energy reserve for the grid. Applying these load shedding measures in industrial sites and commercial buildings, such as supermarkets and offices, requires rigorous organization and staff training to respond quickly to reduction signals without disrupting current operations. 

 

5. Case studies: successful examples

  • Research Center in Europe

BeeBryte has demonstrated the effectiveness of its solution in various commercial and industrial environments. For example, a globally renowned research center in sustainability and innovation in Europe managed to reduce its energy costs by 35% in 2023 through the implementation of BeeBryte’s intelligent control system. By analyzing real-time data and proactively adjusting HVAC-R parameters, the research center not only saved on energy bills but also improved air quality and employee productivity. 

 

  • Commercial Center in Asia

Another success story is that of an international logistics center in Asia where BeeBryte deployed several energy management optimizations on HVAC-R equipment to reduce humidity and energy consumption. By deploying our solution capable of anticipating weather variations and traffic fluctuations, the logistics center achieved energy savings of 33% in 2023. 

 

Conclusion 

BeeBryte establishes itself as an expert in Europe and Asia for optimizing heating and cooling systems in large commercial and industrial buildings. Faced with growing energy and climate challenges, BeeBryte’s services enable proactive and predictive management of HVAC-R systems, significantly reducing energy costs. 

In conclusion, BeeBryte addresses the current energy management challenges with its advanced technological solution, positioning large commercial and industrial installations at the forefront of energy efficiency and sustainability. Heating and cooling systems, particularly energy-intensive, represent a major opportunity for substantial savings. Our business model is based on sharing the savings generated, motivating us to optimize these complex systems. 

With our accumulated expertise over the years, we intelligently manage the production, distribution, and emission systems of cold while respecting temperature settings. To learn more about BeeBryte’s solutions and how they can transform your energy management, contact us today. 

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