Moving from a Rule based FDD system to a AI based Chiller Optimization Platform – Case Study from a Large Commercial Complex in Toronto.
AI based Chiller optimization platform can create additional savings in Chilled water plant. However all chilled water plant does not have the necessary data infrastructure to implement these complex AI algorithms. It might not be a bad idea to start off first implementing a rule based Fault Detection and Diagnostics (FDD) system. This would allow them to gradually build a data infrastructure to implement complex and advanced optimization Algorithms. This would also allow Management to see the value of these Advanced Analytics platforms.
This paper shares the implementation experience of moving from a rule based Fault Detection and Diagnostics (FDD) system to a AI based chiller optimization platform in a mixed-use commercial facility in Toronto. Some of issues such Availability of training data for the AI model, presenting the business case to senior management, ensuring senior management commitment to implement the corrective action and finally implementation best practices are discussed.
Kaushik is a President of Reipower Inc,that provides Energy Management Services to Commercial and Industrial Clients. Reipower is also working towards developing an AI based platform for Advanced Fault detection and Analysis.
He is a CEM (Certified Energy Manager), BEP (Business Energy Professional), CEA (Certified Energy Auditor), CMVP (Certified Measurement and Verification Professional). He hold a Masters in Energy Management from NYIT (New York Institute of Technology, US)
He has over 15 years of International experience in Energy Management. He has carried out Energy audits, guided implementation including M&V for several types of projects in Data centres and Commercial Buildings and maximized savings. He has also worked with large Canadian Utilities such as Toronto Hydro and Enersource Corporation in Conservation and Demand side Management Programs .
Kaushik received honorable mention in a most recently completed term for “Most Savings by a Roving Energy Manager” and “Most In-service Savings by a Roving Energy Manager” at the Energy Managers of Ontario Excellence Awards held at the Energy Manager forum in Toronto (2015). He was also named the “Energy Engineer of the Year” for Canada region (2015) by Association of Energy Engineers Georgia, Atlanta USA.
He has published an AEE Book – Industrial Energy Management Strategies – Creating a Culture of Continuous Energy Improvement published by Fairmont press . He has also co-authored two other books on Energy Management, contributed articles to number of journals and made presentation in several IEEE International Conferences and World Energy Engineering Congress on Energy Management.