Building Management. Schneider Electric

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In recent years there have been significant changes in the energy sector mainly motivated by electricity market liberalization and efforts to improve energy efficiency in facilities. One goal of these changes is to reduce electricity consumption, which has experienced a significant increase, which will continue in the future. Primarily responsible for this increase is the electricity consumption from buildings of the tertiary sector, which has increased exponentially due to increased demands on the thermal and visual comfort, safety, etc. which require a lot of electrical equipment. In addition, high consumption causes negative effects on the environment due to the increase in CO2 emissions, and other gases and pollutants particles. For this reason, governments are putting in place policies that encourage the energy saving and the efficient and rational use of energy, which translates into a cost savings in electricity bills.

In this situation, the electricity consumers should adopt strategies to improve the energy efficiency and to manage the power consumption of their equipment and facilities. An essential task before the management and decision-making is monitoring the electricity consumption. It is impossible to properly manage an electrical installation if no information is available about it. Therefore, it is necessary to measure, acquire, store, view and analyze all variables of electrical installation.

The Automatic and Manufacture Institute (IAF) through its platform, the Automatic Remote Laboratory, offers the full range of equipment and control systems of energy consumption of Schneider Electric for conducting trainings, practices, rehearsals and classroom or remote demonstrations, oriented to the energy efficiency.

SUPPRESS research group © from University of León designed and developed this system.


The types of equipment installed in this network are:

  • Electrical Meters: They are focused on billing, and obtain measurements of Voltage, Current, Power, Frequency, Power, THD, etc.
  • Network Analyzers: They are quality control equipments for electrical energy power that can be take electrical measurements to set them apart from electric meters. Some of these measurements are: Frequency fluctuations, Voltage fluctuations (slow), Voltage fluctuations (Fast), Blink ('Flicker'), Supply Voltage Unbalance, Harmonic Magnitude, Voltage Collapses ("DIPs"), Voltage interruptions (Short Term), Voltage interruptions (long), etc.
  • Modbus-TCP/IP gateways: They provide access to modbus networks from TCP / IP. These may be included within network analyzers and meters, or be external to them.
  • Circuit Breakers: Allows protecting electrical circuit elements on various factors such as short circuits, overloads, etc.
  • Residual-Current Devices (RCDs): Ensure safety in the electrical circuit by protecting the earth leakages.
  • Auxiliaries: Allows monitoring the circuit breakers and Residual-Current Devices status.
  • Connectors: Allows connecting Acti9 equipment (Schneider Electric) with a monitoring system that uses a Modbus communication network.

Fact Sheet

  • Networks Analyzers
    • CM4000 (Schneider Electric)
    • ION 7650 (Schneider Electric)
  • Electrical Meters
    • PM820 (Schneider Electric)
    • PM850 (Schneider Electric)
    • IEM 3110 (Schneider Electric)
    • IEM 2000T (Schneider Electric)
  • Gateways
    • EGX300 (Schneider Electric)
    • EGX100 (Schneider Electric)
  • Monitoring Equipment
    • iRIO (Schneider Electric)
  • Circuit Breakers
    • iC60N (Schneider Electric)
  • Residual-Current Devices (RCDs)
    • ilD (Schneider Electric)
  • Auxiliaries
    • Remote Control RCA iC60N (Schneider Electric)
    • iOF+SD24 (Schneider Electric)
  • Connectors
    • Smartlink (Schneider Electric)

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