This year's ASHRAE expo in Las Vegas includes more than a dozen EnOcean Alliance members showcasing the latest energy harvesting, wireless solutions for HVAC applications. EnOcean Alliance, located at booth N5042, is a consortium of 170 companies primarily serving the building sector. They will be hosting solutions developed by Verve Living Systems, Leviton, Echoflex, Illumra, Kieback & Peter, EnOcean and Titus. Several other EnOcean Alliance members will be displaying their products at the exposition, including: Distech Controls, Can2Go, Functional Devices, LonMark International, BACnet International, Reliable Controls and Spartan Peripheral Devices.
For many years, traditional wired bus systems for building automation, like BACnet or LonMark, for example, have been the norm. Recently, however, wireless systems have been growing in popularity since the arrival of energy harvesting, battery-less components, like those now incorporated into roughly 700 interoperable products from EnOcean Alliance member companies. The fact is that an optimal solution requires both wired and wireless, each implemented where most effective.
Wireless, battery-less and thus maintenance free-devices, offer considerable advantages; including improved flexibility, enhanced occupant comfort, reduced energy consumption and are particularly vital with respect to retrofits. Furthermore, products from EnOcean Alliance members are open and interoperable, meaning they seamlessly integrate with any existing building system, and with each other. These advantages allow better installation possibilities for both residential and commercial applications. It also fosters convenience, accessibility and timely changes made as needed. The addition of wireless technology ultimately results in a complete solution.
Interoperability among the products developed by members of the EnOcean Alliance is driven by EnOcean Equipment Profiles (EEP). This EnOcean Alliance standard, which enables the interoperability of equipment manufactured by different vendors, was defined to bind devices and data communication, but was restricted to unidirectional sensor communication. The EEP Standard 2.1, ratified in January of 2011, includes new profiles, including bidirectional energy harvesting-based communication. This new specification is simply meant as an enhancement to the original EnOcean Alliance standard released in 2009, ensuring 100 percent compatibility.
The EEP Standard 2.1 can be downloaded here:
Here is a snapshot of the solutions you will see at EnOcean Alliance booth #5042:
- Leviton— showing their complete line of energy management products including its LevNet RF self-powered wireless solutions for lighting and HVAC control.
- EnOcean — showcasing multiple wireless solutions that seamlessly plug-into existing BAS plus its new thermo energy harvesting technology.
- Verve Living Systems - demonstrating residential wireless solutions that include premium features at cost parity to wired systems.
- Echoflex Solutions — releasing Intelligent Relay Controller. Relay offers great functionality, including international voltages and frequencies.
- Illumra — demonstrating its new wireless light and door/window sensors
- Titus - introducing EOS, the first solar-powered, energy harvesting diffuser.
About the EnOcean Alliance
Leading companies worldwide from the building sector collected to form the EnOcean Alliance, with the aim of promoting and establishing innovative automation solutions for sustainable buildings - and so to make buildings more energy-efficient, more flexible and lower in cost. The core technology of the Alliance is the energy harvesting wireless technology for flexibly positioned and service-free sensor solutions. The EnOcean Alliance aims to standardize and internationalize energy harvesting wireless technology, and is dedicated to creating interoperability between the products of OEM partners. More than 170 companies currently belong to the EnOcean Alliance. The headquarters of the non-profit organization is located in San Ramon, California.
For more information visit www.enocean-alliance.org
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