As per our Technology Blueprint, a typical smart building will use interconnected technologies to improve comfort and performance across energy management, water use, air conditioning, access, automation, lighting, remote monitoring, and communication networks. Thanks to ABB’s solution areas within the ABB Ability Building Ecosystem, building operators and facility managers can have a digital control of all these elements, and smart buildings will capture their inherent opportunities to become more environmentally friendly – from substantially contributing to carbon reduction targets through efficiency gains in heating and cooling equipment and in the building itself.
The ABB digital solutions enable constant surveillance and optimum control of energy production, consumption and storage. Largely autonomous, this learning system calculates the optimum energy flow based on predictive data and compensates for deviations in real time. In a Mission to Zero site, these technologies are combined for a holistic approach that can be easily scaled according to the requirements of the building.
The digitalization of buildings through connected technologies and building automation has also a key role to play in helping to manage grid resiliency & reliability and in reducing energy costs while increasing energy efficiency. Moreover, it is an important step towards the energy transition, as it enables the building to provide value-adding services towards the modern energy grid and thus supports the shift from “consumer” to “prosumer” – facilitating concepts such as virtual power plants and maximizing the value of Distributed Energy Resources (e.g. photovoltaic, batteries) on a broader scale. Within that context, the program strongly leverages also on the ABB Ability™ Energy and Asset Manager*, for monitoring, optimization and maintenance prediction using big data and artificial intelligence.
Although borne from the Electrification Business Area, Mission to Zero spans the entire organization and many product and solution sets, combined with 3rd party technology via our partnership ecosystem.
Our Mission to Zero is only feasible if we act together. Our Mission to Zero sites show that a safe, smart and sustainable future of electrification is achievable. The technologies are there we just need to apply them.