Energy Procurement: Challenges and Opportunities
Energy procurement looks obvious whenever there are upgrades in companies. Although energy requirements and usage are constant in a well established business, the actual load can vary depending on the needs of the entire system, sometimes as much as a factor of four.
Real Causes of Energy Costs
Production is probably the major component of power consumption and, by extension, the company budget. A number of issues drive up power consumption in this area, such as increased power consumption as more manufacturing units, servers and storage devices are deployed, increased heating and cooling density where the products are limited to racks in a small space, irregular heat load in various units caused due to the poor planning of heat management whenever the topology of the business changes and increasing power costs across the nation.
When engineers design energy supply for a global company or any business that needs it in abundance for all their devices and equipments, they build it based on the maximum configuration and load requirements. It’s cheaper for the manufacturer to use the same power supply in all their equipments, but unfortunately, the business has to pay for power inefficiency. Further, the planet pays a big price, because of the carbon emissions spent to inefficiently power those devices. Thankfully, many environmental conscious companies are making effort to offer different energy supply configurations so that one can choose the right size for the job a particular device is going to serve, which in turn can lower the costs significantly, considering the life factor of the device .
Procuring Energy From Nature
A lot of money can be saved if the companies are able to put Mother Nature to work for them. In a lot of country, the changing weather provides the businesses with an opportunity to enhance their energy procurement system by using the natural energy to get things done. But it is not as simple as opening a window to let the energy flow within the building. To do so, the company needs to employ special economizers for cooling, sensors and other equipments for regulating heat. Finding the latest and greatest in this technology is certainly a useful tactic in reducing the costs. And some good practices such as optimized airflow, raised floors for equal energy distribution and good energy management system in conjuction with design, can equate to more efficiency and thenby help minimize the costs without having to buy the newest product.