Energy efficiency is far from being a new concern. However, energy audit obligations, ISO 50001 certification and the rising cost of energy associated with environmental considerations are pushing companies that were previously reluctant to take the plunge. Today, energy performance is a crucial issue in industrial competitiveness. Gaining productivity is all the more affordable when it comes to smart energy. Simple to implement, the Smart Energy It is simple to implement, but the basics remain the same: reducing energy losses, favouring renewable energies, optimising electricity management and energy efficiency, etc.
Faced with the prospect of gaining competitiveness through reduced expenses, the actors of the territory are increasingly adopting this ecological transition approach through smart energy.
What are the 3 main issues related to smart energy?
The central place that smart energy occupies today in the development plan of territories is explained by three main issues:
- Exploiting renewable energy
It is no secret that fossil fuels such as gas, coal and oil are running out. By promoting the use and storage of alternative energies, smart energy meets one of the fundamental challenges of the ecological transition.
- Reducing energy bills
Reducing energy consumption has never been easier. Thanks to the continuous and real time data feedback via sensors, it is possible to remotely manage the different energy systems.
Adapting the temperature of a room or managing your electricity network are savings that, when put together, allow for informed maintenance while reducing costs.
- Reducing the ecological footprint
New technologies do not necessarily mean not knowing how to respond to climate issues. The implementation of new means of mobility in the transport sector, such as electric vehicles, will help to reduce the carbon footprint of territories and reduce the impact on global warming.
Today, smart energy is a real opportunity to move towards a sustainable city.
Why is the IoT so important to effectively address smart energy issues?
The Internet of Things in the smart energy sector plays a leading role. It is its integration into the various energy systems that will make them more efficient, more intelligent and more citizen-centric.
Through its network of solutions and its data centralization platform, the IoT will enable all sectors to optimize energy consumption.
The process is simple: collect data through customized performance indicators set up in the different technologies used. Once the data has been collected, it will be analysed and translated so that it can be used to optimise energy efficiency.
IoT is therefore important to effectively address smart energy issues on three points:
Knowing your consumption better allows you to predict and anticipate it and to optimize your energy expenses.
In today’s highly competitive environment, energy efficiency is a crucial competitive issue. And the IoT is positioned as an essential means of development to achieve this.
2. The ecological transition
By investing in high-performance equipment, it is possible, for example, to apply innovative smart energy solutions, such as the smart grid for electricity, which will track down energy wastage and use renewable energies rather than fossil fuels such as coal or gas.
In this context of global warming, the French Agency for the Environment and Energy Management(ADEME) estimates that this type of process could save 20% of energy.
3. The users
The solutions implemented by the IoT through smart energy, such as data storage or service personalization, place the human being at the heart of these uses. Whether it is through bill reduction, new means of mobility such as electric vehicles, or the management of connected household equipment, the well-being of users is now a central part of the process.
The IoT is therefore an essential response to the challenges of smart energy and working towards a more sustainable city.