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Portuguese Schools Cut Energy Use by 25 Percent. Cisco, Schneider Electric and Verdiem deliver unified energy management across lighting, HVAC, and ICT infractructures.

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Parque Escolar EPE

  1. 1. Customer Case StudyPortuguese Schools Cut Energy Use by25 Percent Executive Summary Cisco, Schneider Electric, and Verdiem • Customer Name: Parque Escolar EPE - Portuguese Public Company deliver unified energy management • Industry: Education across lighting, HVAC, and ICT • Location: Lisbon, Portugal • Number of Employees: 3600 infrastructures. students and staff Challenge Challenge The Ministry of Education and Science in Portugal oversees public schools across the • Control and monitor energy country and counts “improving the quality of student learning” and “strengthening the consumption from all new working conditions, resources, and autonomy of schools” among its principal goals. One equipment installed of the ways that the Ministry pursues its mission is with the help of Parque Escolar, a • Better coordinate energy public company formed in 2007 to help implement an infrastructure modernization plan for management activities between public high schools nationwide. The company is charged with renovating school buildings, schools and maintenance and central administrative office creating an efficient and effective facility management system, and helping enable better integration of schools with the community. • Raise community energy efficiency awareness and encourage “green” As part of these renovations, Portuguese schools benefitted from structural and infra- behaviors structural improvements, namely the addition of heating, air conditioning, and ventilation Solution systems (HVAC). A state-of-the-art technology infrastructure, including an integrated • Schneider Electric-Verdiem- wired-wireless Cisco network, was also deployed at over 1000 public high schools Cisco EnergyWise partnership for nationwide. Despite the use of energy-saving designs and materials, several newly centralized energy management renovated schools showed a significant increase in energy usage (in some cases, power solution bills doubled or tripled) as compared to pre-renovation numbers. This increase was • Help enable integration with local found to be not only due to school enlargement but also to the introduction of new renewable energy production and systems, in particular HVAC and also, to some extent, an increase in information and with smartgrid communications technology (ICT) equipment such as PCs, interactive boards, IP phones, • Display and use real-time energy and networking devices. data as educational tool at schools to promote conservation1 © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information.
  2. 2. To identify and test cost-effective resolutions to the problem, Parque Escolar joined the Executive Summary (continued) Connected Urban Development (CUD) initiative. This Cisco commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative consists of a set of partnerships with cities worldwide on the use of ICT Results to promote innovative practices for reducing carbon emissions, while fostering economic • Achieved 25 percent energy growth and improving the quality of life. reduction on ICT devices • Optimized energy use by HVAC and With the CUD Lisbon project, Parque Escolar partnered with Cisco, Schneider Electric, lighting systems cut costs Verdiem, and the local electric utility EDP-Energias de Portugal to explore innovative • Developed greater awareness to solutions for a follow-on energy reduction program to reduce operating costs while help change energy use behaviors maintaining a safe and comfortable learning environment. Three Lisbon high schools, within community Fonseca Benevides, D.Dinis, and Rainha D. Amélia, were chosen for pilot projects. Each school serves nearly 1000 students and employs about 200 faculty and staff. The ten buildings at the schools comprise over 71,000 square feet of classroom, office, and public spaces. Solution Cisco, Schneider Electric, and Verdiem consolidated all relevant sources of energy consumption via a single, unified IP network-based approach, helping enable real- time energy monitoring and management. The solution integrates Cisco EnergyWise™“This Cisco-Schneider technology with Schneider Electric EcoStruxure architecture, which includes managementElectric-Verdiem initiative of ICT devices, as well as lighting, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Verdiem Surveyor software provides a single control pane to monitor, optimize, and regulate energydelivers greater energy use by all ICT devices and systems across all ten buildings at the three schools. The threeefficiency and important pilot schools were among the first worldwide beta testers of EnergyWise with Surveyor and its integration with the Schneider Electric solution. Onsite work was delivered bycost savings for Portugal’s Regra, a Cisco partner in Portugal. Local renewable energy production and a bi-directionalschools. At the same energy and data connection to the electrical grid are also expected to improve the energytime, it fosters “green” monitoring and management system for the schools. Renewable sources presently installed at all three schools include solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, and wind micro-turbines.individual behaviors and The solution also supports IP-based communication with the EDP-Energias de Portugalorganizational policies electricity network to allow demand-side management and demand response (DSM/DR) programs to further optimize the schools’ energy efficiency.that help increasethe momentum for The energy management infrastructure leverages the schools’ new Cisco® Borderless Network, consisting of Cisco Catalyst® switches, routers, and wireless access points.sustainability on a The Cisco network equipment is embedded with support for EnergyWise, an energyglobal scale.” management protocol based on Cisco IOS® Software for monitoring, controlling, and reporting the energy use of network devices. — arque Escolar P Verdiem Surveyor software provides the power management for ICT devices, helping enable energy consumption control over approximately 600 PCs, 120 Cisco IP phones, 150 Cisco wireless access points, a video surveillance system with over 75 IP cameras, and 60 Cisco Catalyst switches, with the potential for adding the interactive white boards and projectors in classrooms. Within the solution, devices are grouped into several categories, and management can select devices by any category to which they have been assigned. Each device is identified by its location, type of device, and by department or type of use. This arrangement allows granular development of policies to turn groups of devices on and off for better energy management.2 © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information.
  3. 3. Surveyor provides an easy-to-use, web-based console for a unified view of all the networked devices. It generates energy management and IT efficiency reports that dive down into data based on group, location, and other categories of interest. The software also assists with a common need for the schools’ computers to receive software updates overnight. For these situations, Surveyor integrates with Microsoft System Center and other client management solutions, and Verdiem’s patented Wake-on-WAN capability provides a network-friendly approach to reliably wake up computers for the updates and then turning them off upon completion. At Rainha D. Amélia School, a Schneider Electric building management system (BMS) provides a dashboard to monitor and control the HVAC, lighting, and access control systems. The BMS controllers integrate with room lighting systems and occupancy detectors as well as key components of the HVAC system, including variable air volume (VAV) air handlers, fan coil units (FCUs), heat pumps, and chilled beams. The open architecture of the BMS allows cohesive integration with Cisco EnergyWise and Verdiem Surveyor software. In all three schools, the primary technique for network-managed energy savings consists of scheduling the operation of HVAC, lighting, and ICT equipment to coincide with the occupancy plan for the buildings. Core school hours and official school breaks are quite similar at all three schools, but exam periods and night courses, as well as public usage of facilities outside of school hours, can be quite different at each school. Despite the fact that the details of device grouping and scheduling vary from school to school, the pilot has proven an effective venue in which to test different approaches. For example, most of the phones can be shut off at night, while emergency phones remain active. Additionally, some devices are controlled based on occupancy or current use, such as PCs running a specific application or used for specific services, such as backups. In addition, so as not to interrupt work in progress by individual users, PC users receive pop- up messages that allow them to override or delay an impending shut-down command from the central system. Policies can also be applied to centrally turn off HVAC and lighting systems in all of the buildings outside of occupancy hours. As a result, room temperatures can be maintained at a comfortable level while student, staff, or community groups are present, and be set to conserve power after hours. The lighting system controls provide automatic means to optimize lighting based on three main variables: time, intensity, and occupancy. Because lighting systems can create a significant heat load for a building, optimized lighting policies can reduce the cooling load on the HVAC system for overall lower energy use. The pilot included the launch of Web 2.0 tools to connect the schools and promote engagement around energy conservation among students, teachers, and staff. Interactive displays with real-time data, benchmarks, and carbon footprint calculators encourage greater awareness and energy-saving behaviors among the school population. The use of project results data as educational material also reinforces the fact that energy savings promote sustainable school communities. Results Reductions in energy use by HVAC, lighting systems, and ICT devices at the schools are expected to provide significant cost savings, which can then be applied by the schools to capital improvements, teacher training, and other learning initiatives in concert with its mission.3 © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information.
  4. 4. In one of the schools, centralized control and policies for ICT devices alone yielded a 25 Product List percent reduction in their energy use, representing savings of approximately €10,000 Routing and Switching per year. Although the ICT category represents only 10-20 percent of overall energy • Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series consumption in renovated schools, if the solution were applied to all similar schools in Switches Portugal, savings on ICT device energy costs would amount to nearly €3 million annually. • Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series The successes at Fonseca Benevides, D. Dinis, and Rainha D. Amélia provide a model for Switches energy savings at hundreds of similar schools in Portugal, and many thousands worldwide. • Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series “We believe that we can be connected and green. In the 21st century, it should not have to Switches be a trade-off, as ICT has the potential to be the basis for helping us achieve our end goal: • Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series to be carbon neutral and energy self-sufficient in every school in the country,” says João Switches Fernandes, director of Information Systems for Parque Escolar. • Cisco 4400 Series Wireless LAN Controllers The pilot project is also providing learning opportunities. With school populations acting • Cisco Aironet 1240AG Series as testers and evaluators, technically minded students can gain knowledge and apply Access Points experience in the field of energy management. At Fonseca Benevides, for example, • Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive students in technical degree programs took an active role in the end-to-end configuration Security Appliances and deployment of the solution, successfully using their work in the pilot as the basis for their final year degree project. Many students are inspired to change their energy-use behaviors beyond school premises, and some have expressed interest in pursuing careers in environmental sciences. “This Cisco-Schneider Electric-Verdiem initiative delivers greater energy efficiency and important cost savings for Portugal’s schools. At the same time, it fosters “green” individual behaviors and organizational policies that help increase the momentum for sustainability on a global scale,” says Parque Escolar. For More Information To find out more about Cisco EnergyWise, please visit: For more information on Schneider Electric and its Building Management solutions, please visit: For information on Schneider Electric’s Torana gateway integration with EnergyWise, please visit: c22-676327.pdf. For more information on Verdiem and its Surveyor ICT device energy management solution, please visit: CISCO PROVIDES THIS PUBLICATION AS IS WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Some jurisdictions do not allow disclaimer of express or implied warranties, therefore this disclaimer may not apply to you.© 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. To view a listof Cisco trademarks, go to this URL: Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply apartnership relationship between Cisco and any other company. (1110R)© 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information.Intel, the Intel Logo, Intel Core, and Core Inside are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. COO-XXXXXX-00  1/13