By Tom Noda
Wanting to differentiate itself from the rest of the pack, Japanese tech giant NEC Corporation has announced that it is applying a local approach for its latest energy efficiency solution.
Agnes Cervacio, president of NEC Philippines, said there is high demand for energy efficiency solutions in the Philippines as the country is investing heavily in smart grid and in advanced metering infrastructure.
“There is strong interest in the country for NEC’s Energy Management, Control (EMC) and storage solutions, especially in the utility, retail, and telecom sectors,” Cervacio said. “We look forward to helping companies benefit from our innovative energy solutions to lower their energy consumption.”
Mannish Kasliwal, director of regional business innovation and head of Smart Energy Business Incubation Center at NEC Asia Pacific, said what separates NEC from its competitors is the localization of its smart EMC solution that is designed to reduce total energy consumption of an enterprise by more than 10 percent and up to 35 percent for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) consumption.
“I personally think we can offer more savings, help customers save in their OPEX (operational expenditure),” Kasliwal said, noting NEC’s end-to-end solution offers a broad range of applications like office and building monitoring, data center, and retail outlet energy management as well as large scale specific deployments.
Kasliwal explained that NEC’s solution saves energy by optimizing air conditioning, lighting and equipment operations, including managing different sources of energy such as utility grid, diesel generators, renewable sources, and also battery systems like VLRA, Li-ion, among others.
Through sensors and power meters strategically placed within a facility, the NEC EMC gathers data via controllers utilizing intelligent control algorithms to maintain equipment performance while minimizing energy consumption.
NEC recently joined the two-day Smart Electricity World Philippines 2014 event held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
The confab is a yearly event meant to encourage sharing of best practices and implementation strategy to achieve enhanced energy efficiency in industries such as utilities, telecommunications, as well as other sectors.
Kasliwal led roundtable sessions on the first day of the event, which discussed the topic “Actualizing the Smart Grid.”