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Chameleon Energy Management™ Utilizes WattNode® Plus Energy Meter and Accu-CT™ Current Transformer for Accurate, Affordable Energy Control
BOULDER, Colo. — April 26, 2012 — Continental Control Systems today announced that Small Box Energy™ has adopted its electric power metering solutions to bring energy savings to small box retail environments. The company has integrated Continental Control Systems' WattNode® Plus energy meter and the Accu-CT™ revenue-grade current transformers into its comprehensive Chameleon energy management solution used by small box retail stores, convenience stores, and quick service, fast casual, and casual dining restaurants.
Chameleon energy management solution adapts to meet the specific needs
of small box retailers and restaurant operators. Some operators require
more data and others appreciate the set-it-and-forget-it control
capacity. Energy management solutions can range from metering only to
fully integrated platforms controlling HVAC, lighting, kitchen
equipment, refrigeration, and temperature monitoring. By optimizing
high energy demand equipment and minimizing unnecessary energy use, a
Chameleon user can realize energy reductions of 5 to 20 percent. The
system's remote access, side-by-side location comparison capability,
and customized reporting empower organizations operating multiple
locations to better understand their energy usage.
Chameleon makes remote monitoring a reality, allowing quick service
restaurants to easily measure/record production and storage parameters,
including energy consumption, temperatures, water/gas counters, and
digital inputs/outputs, as well as measuring analog currents/voltages.
This real-time data can be used either locally or in the central
systems of distributed operational information. The electric power
consumption data provided by Chameleon is monetized and published
graphically through an easy-to-use, Web-based dashboard, allowing Small
Box Energy's customers instant feedback on their current spending. This
immediacy with simple, meaningful data improves energy management,
reduces consumption, and decreases monthly utility bills.
"This partnership with Continental Control Systems brings a number of
benefits to Chameleon users," said Robert Gerdes, general manager of
Small Box Energy. "WattNode Plus' comprehensive selection of data
points makes it a truly compelling and fully encompassing solution. The
Accu-CT current transformer provides an extremely high level of
accuracy at an exceptional price point. All of this adds up to support
our primary goal — providing energy management at the best possible
value for our customers."
The WattNode Plus is a networked, multifunction AC power meter for use
on single and three-phase services at voltages up to 600 Vac and
currents to 6000 A. The meter communicates over a twisted-pair network
using Echelon's LonTalk® protocol. The WattNode Plus provides 27
electric power-related measurements including power (kW), energy
consumption (kWh), voltage, current, power factor (PF), frequency,
demand, peak demand, and time of peak demand.
With linearity better than 0.5% over the range of 1% to 120% of the rated current, the Accu-CT split-core current transformer complies with the accuracy requirements of ANSI C57.13 class 1.2 and class 0.6 for tenant submetering and billing. Its low-voltage output (333 mVac at rated current) makes for easy installation without shorting blocks. The innovative design enables quick and easy installation, even with gloved hands.
"Chameleon is an innovative solution that brings real energy savings to
a market that has largely been overlooked," said Cynthia A. Boyd,
director of sales at Continental Control Systems. "We are thrilled to
be working with such a well-respected and experienced group of people
at Small Box Energy, and proud that they chose our WattNode Plus and
Accu-CT to deliver adaptable, affordable benefits to customers in this
Small Box Energy will be exhibiting and illustrating additional energy
saving innovations at the upcoming National Restaurant Association
(NRA) Show 2012, May 5-8 in Chicago. This show is an icon for the
industry, drawing over 58,000 industry professionals from the US and
more than 100 countries worldwide. Small Box Energy will be
highlighting Chameleon energy management within the Franke Foodservice
Systems booth. Together, Franke and Small Box Energy are supporting
this industry to integrate kitchen equipment into their energy
management strategy, in order to increase energy savings and cut
unnecessary utility expense.
About Small Box Energy
Small Box Energy was created to meet the energy management needs of an underserved sector — small box retail businesses, restaurants and convenience stores. By optimizing control of high-energy-demand equipment, substantial energy savings can be uncovered within these retail/restaurant customers' day-to-day operations. With over two decades of experience in supporting the building automation industry coupled with nearly five years of developing integrated kitchen energy management solutions for one of the largest fast food chains, Small Box Energy is becoming known as the small box retail and restaurant energy management solution leader — and more importantly for providing energy-saving solutions that substantially cut their customer's monthly utility expense. For more information visit www.smallboxenergy.com
About Continental Control Systems
Founded in 1995, Colorado-based Continental Control Systems specializes in electric power metering and monitoring equipment for the measurement of energy and power production and consumption. The company's solutions are designed to provide kW and kWh information in a variety of communication protocols including BACnet, MODBUS, LONWorks and Pulse outputs. Applications for the WattNode® meter include building automation, LEED certification, tenant submetering, performance verification/evaluation/diagnostics, and energy management. All Continental Control Systems products are listed by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. with a Dual Safety Certification for use in both the United States and Canada (cUL). For more information visit www.ccontrolsys.com
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