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How can you tackle energy waste?

Grainne McDonogh News & Updates

The costs of energy is usually after staff and raw materials and is the highest cost of operating a business. The majority of business owners and managers just accept what the cost is. We have carried out a detailed survey and found some very interesting results: Having a different approach to energy consumption and changing how we operate to reduce …

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Understanding Your Utility Bill: Natural Gas (Ireland only)

Liam Relihan News & Updates

Following on from my post on understanding your electricity bill, here we aim to improve your understanding of your Irish Natural Gas bills. The first step when comparing any bill is to check the billing period, as the number of billing days in each month vary having an effect on your bottom line, often you will find with gas bills …

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Benfords Law and Energy Data: The SQL

Martin Leenane News & Updates

I had some folks ask me what SQL query that I used to calculate the first digit frequency distribution in my previous post on Benfords Law. I copied it from this nice post on detecting fraud with Benfords Law. Note that if you have negative numbers or positive floating point numbers less than 1.0, you will get frequencies for the …

Nailing Compressed Air Waste

Grainne McDonogh News & Updates

In today’s cost driven, carbon conscious world, “waste” is one word that we know we must control. Rising costs have turned once wasteful companies around and have shown them a new path to controlling costs. In this short article we will look at how compressed air leaks can negatively impact us and what we can do to rectify them. Compressed …

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Motive Drives in Energy Management

Grainne McDonogh News & Updates

The first step in good energy management practice for motive drives is to carry out an organisational survey of your motor assets. This survey can then be used to develop a motor register identifying as many parameters regarding the motor/drive and process as possible including details like, drive type e.g. V-Belt, etc. This data can easily be built into any …

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Pretty Sparkline Charts with jQuery Sparklines

Liam Relihan News & Updates

Sparklines are the brainchild of Edward Tufte. They are those “intense, simple, wordlike graphics” that you sometimes find embedded in stock listings and such like. To help our installation team we have created a little application that runs on installer’s smart phones. This application is written in PHP and is designed to show live energy streamed from our Canary embedded …

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Leaky Bucket Algorithm

Liam Relihan News & Updates

Occasionally, we aim to publish something that has to do with how we implement our hardware and software solutions. Here is one of these “somethings”…. On one of our embedded devices there is the facility to automatically dispatch text messages in response to particular events. However, to protect against the possibility of the device sending out a storm of text …

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Why Ireland Needs to Get With Engagement…

Liam Relihan News & Updates

It’s due to become one of the major political hot potatoes over the next couple of years, but many people don’t yet realise that Ireland has signed up to massive carbon reductions by 2020. In the 2007 Government White Paper, Delivering a Sustainable Energy Future for Ireland, a target has been set for a 20% improvement in energy efficiency across …

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Thomond Park introduces green-energy analytics system

Grainne McDonogh News & Updates

Since 2009, Thomond Park has been working to reduce the environmental impact of managing the stadium by participating in an environmental project to conserve energy, waste and water. Part of this project involved the implementation of an energy analytics software solution in the stadium. The solution would allow management and staff to monitor the electricity use and make financial and …

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Dragonfly and the Implications for Irish Businesses

Liam Relihan News & Updates

Yesterday, Liam Relihan, the CTO of ResourceKraft, a Limerick-based supplier of energy management systems warned that Irish businesses and government institutions were vulnerable to an ever larger collection of cyber attackers. He stated that “the Building Management Systems (BMS) and SCADA systems that have been deployed by Irish businesses and government bodies present an increasing attack vector for would-be hackers. …