Vodafone has announced that its Energy Data Management solution (EDM) has seen an energy consumption and cost reduction of 29 percent on average during the solution’s Proof of Concept across all 200 sites that participated in the trial.
Vodafone set about finding ways to control the company’s own energy costs after witnessing spiraling utility bills. Initially, the company focused on using smart meters, however, Vodafone wanted to go much further; the company wanted to get a real-time granular understanding of the factors that influence energy consumption, and then use that information to manage the way to consume energy much more proactively.
Energy Data Management reports back over a wired or wireless network to the central management systems, which aggregate the data for real-time monitoring and long-term forecasting. This allows its users to make better decisions regarding the energy-efficiency policies, processes, and technology of their business, allowing organisations to ensure cost effective energy usage.
Eric Estrade, Principal Category Manager – Energy, Vodafone Group Supply Chain Management, states, “The beauty of Energy Data Management is that it is very easy to customise to each environment, taking feeds from a wide variety of sources. It means you can track exactly how and where you’re using energy across your whole estate. You can really start to learn how different site systems are contributing to the overall energy consumption. You can also use it to see how external factors such as weather and humidity are affecting usage.”
Vodafone has implemented the solution, which has lead to huge savings in 8 countries covering around 35,000 sites. It has also seen a number of benefits, including reduced maintenance costs.
To help understand the processes of reducing business energy consumption and cost, Vodafone recently published a white paper outlining the EDM data energy solution. The white paper can be viewed here.