The Quasar team has configured and implemented an energy management system for Argosy, one of New Zealand’s leading listed property companies. The energy management system provides energy consumption and efficiency data across Argosy's commercial property portfolio and is being rolled out across Argosy’s properties in stages with the first stage recently being handed over.
“We have a large number of buildings in our portfolio with several already certified and others in the process of becoming NABERSNZ and Green Star rated,” said Saatyesh Bhana, Head of Sustainability at Argosy. “As a result, we needed a system that would allow us to easily view the relevant data for each building in our portfolio. Quasar’s consolidated portal system was a perfect solution for us”.
The energy management system, comprising Schneider Electric EcoStruxure Power Monitoring Expert software and PowerLogic meters, was configured to Argosy’s requirements and provides for future properties to easily be added. The near real-time information is available to view via a suite of rich dashboards and comprehensive reports that categorise consumption data into a range of measures including whole building versus tenant versus base building, location, and property type. In addition, the energy information is normalised into per square metre and per workstation to allow efficiencies to be compared across the portfolio.
“Argosy’s initial focus is tracking electricity usage across the office portfolio, and we can now view and compare this data for several of our office buildings. To support our sustainability ratings Argosy is also adding meters for water and other commodities, as well as carbon reporting. Quasar’s system can also provide power quality reporting in the future if required,” said Saatyesh.
“In order for Argosy to set energy reduction targets for its buildings we needed to know how much total energy we were using. Partnering with Quasar has allowed us to measure that energy usage and know where we are using it. The system goes further to monitor and advise of abnormal usage to allow maintenance teams to investigate and rectify issues in an efficient manner”.
Quasar are pleased to announce that the two latest ION meters from Schneider Electric have now gained certification to be used within New Zealand in revenue metering installations.
The PM8000 series is an intermediate Power Quality & Revenue meter ideal for building incomers, critical feeders or anywhere that the power of ION technology is desired.
It's companion for the utility market is the ION7400 series, based on the same platform, and with additional features making it ideal for substation feeder or distribution transformer installations.
Both of these meters now are certified against EIPC 2010 COP 10.4 and approved for use metering and recording of electrical revenue data.
Read what Schneider had to say about Quasar in their recent publication of Schneider News.
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today announced a new addition to the StruxureWare software suite with the launch of StruxureWare Power Monitoring Expert for integrated energy and electrical distribution power management.
ION7550/ION7650 high end revenue and power quality meter meters are certified by KEMA to meet the IEC 61850 specifications.
The new ION8650 advanced revenue & power quality meter was recently awarded ‘Electricity Industry Participation Code 2010, Schedule 10.1, Code of Practice 10.4’ compliance with this certification, these meters are now ready to be sold into Revenue compliant installations within New Zealand.
Used to monitor electric energy provider networks, service entrances and substations, PowerLogic ION8650 meters are ideal for independent power producers and co-generation applications that need to accurately measure energy bidirectionally in both generation and stand-by modes. These meters give utilities the tools to manage complex energy supply contracts that include commitments to power quality. Integrate them with our ION Enterprise™ operations software or other energy management and SCADA systems through multiple communication channels and protocols, including our PrimeRead MDM solutions as well as Itron MV-90 and Stark RT.
Arneil Dalope - Application Engineer
Arneil joins the team from his most recent role as Solutions Engineer (Energy Efficiency) at Schneider Electric Philippines. He has a wealth of experience in power metering and energy management systems and audits. Prior to this Arneil was with Meralco Energy and First Electro Dynamics in the Philippines. Arneil holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Mapua Institute of Technology (Philippines) and gained the qualification of Master Electrician from the Professional Regulatory Commission (Philippines).