New Powerlink EM Lighting Control System from Schneider Electric Incorporates Smart Metering Technology.
Schneider Electric announced the addition of the Powerlink EM system to its Schneider Electric Powerlink G3 intelligent lighting control product family portfolio. The Powerlink EM system combines individual branch circuit remote control and metering functions in a single lighting panelboard enclosure to ensure users are able to instantly verify the performance of the control system by energy savings by circuit, zone, space, panel or complete lighting system. Furthermore, the Powerlink EM system provides historical trends that can be used to reveal opportunities for additional energy improvements and generates reports to allocate costs according to actual energy used. Smart metering is accomplished using the PowerLogic Branch Circuit Power Meter (BCPM), which is a full featured multi-branch circuit power meter that provides low-current monitoring.
The Schneider Electric Powerlink G3 intelligent lighting control systems reduce electrical energy consumption associated with lighting and other loads by automatically switching loads off during non-occupied periods. In addition, Powerlink G3 systems are often used to reduce the peak demand by switching unnecessary lights off in response to an automated demand response signal or when high time-of-day energy tariffs occur. Additionally, the Powerlink EM system incorporates the same features found in the Powerlink 3000 level system including an integral scheduling functionality for operating individual brand circuit according to a daily schedule, full connectivity to building automation systems via BACnet and Modbus communications, and an embedded web server that allows instant access to the system operation and configuration.
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