Increasing global environmental awareness and economic cost pressure are motivating companies to treat electrical energy as a valuable good and to promote efficient use. At the same time, the European Union has issued guidelines for increasing energy efficiency.
Increasing energy efficiency in industrial companies often requires a very complex analysis of the current situation. The estimated costs for this are today often so high that the enterprises refrain from it.
Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG (CBM) is therefore convinced of the idea of a simple and cost-effective load disaggregation for industrial companies.
In the predecessor project "NILM@I - NILM for industrial applications", we already investigated a possible solution for cost-effective analysis using Non-intrusive Load Monitoring (NILM) for the industrial sector. NILM enables a load disaggregation based on only one central power measurement. The project had shown that the use of NILM in industrial companies requires a higher accuracy and better applicability than is possible with classical NILM methods.
In NILMplus, we are now investigating a new approach to load disaggregation. Thanks to the combination of NILM algorithms with easy-to-install, low-cost current sensors, this new approach should provide the required accuracy with better applicability.
These current sensors should be able to be attached to a load's cable without having to disconnect it from the mains and thus provide information about on/off events and load jumps. We expect that this additional information will greatly improve the accuracy of the load breakdown.
NILMplus is intended to offer industrial companies cost-effective energy monitoring in accordance with ISO 50006. The aim is not only to address existing CBM customers, but also to convince many new customers worldwide thanks to the USP.