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Energy consumption reduced and operation simplified with building controller retrofit

"Nowadays our customers place great importance on their automation investments being based on open technology and scalable solutions that impose no limits on them".

Stale Syversen,
Managing Director, SRO

By commissioning the redevelopment of an outdated building controller, it was possible for Nordea Bank of Norway, the owner of office buildings in Oslo, to drastically reduce their energy consumption. The open control solution, based on a Beckhoff Embedded PC and Bus Terminal I/O, has also proved to be an economic success just one year after the retrofit: Energy savings of more than 100,000 euros have virtually offset the investment costs.

While peripheral components, such as pumps, actuators, valves, encoders and sensors as well as high voltage distributors were retained from the existing system, the controller was replaced by a Beckhoff CX9000 Embedded PC equipped with Microsoft Embedded CE6. The approximately 2,000 data points distributed around the building are controlled by the Bus Terminals connected to the CX; connection takes place via an Ethernet network. “The energy consumption has been lowered by almost 20%, enabling the owner to record a profit of several hundred thousand euros even after just one year of operation,” stresses Thomas Thorstensen of ISS Facility Management.

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