Aurora Energy Network-as-a-Service
What the Judges Said…
“A unique and holistic offering for energy management that simplifies access to behind-the-meter data and allows customers to reduce deployment time and costs.”
Blue Pillar launched its Aurora Energy Network-as-a-Service (ENaaS) product in 2017. The product helps advance the company’s mission to create IoT platforms that simplify access to behind-the-meter data. It uses a turnkey, “no-touch,” proactively monitored, sensor-to-cloud Aurora energy IoT network.
The Aurora ENaaS product provides a simple, affordable path for energy service providers requiring real-time energy data or control by taking all aspects of deploying an IoT network, including hardware, installation, configuration, and ongoing monitoring and management, and wrapping those up into a single, service level agreement measured, turnkey service, the company says. Energy service providers can benefit from the reduction of deployment time and costs when offering new sustainability services, which was a deterrent to customer acquisition in the energy space prior to ENaaS.
Using IoT technology, Blue Pillar focuses on behind-the-meter assets. Blue Pillar says it has differentiated itself in the way it prescribes behind-the-meter networks and by being the first to offer an ENaaS — a turnkey and automated approach to delivering the creation of energy IoT networks of DERs without requiring the customer to set foot behind the meter.
Traditionally, companies relied on systems integrators or high-cost internal operations departments to deploy networks and gain access to real-time energy data from all of their energy assets, Blue Pillar says. This can costly, labor-intensive, and has often been unsuccessful, according to the company. Blue Pillar’s ENaaS changes how behind-the-meter energy assets are networked.
ENaaS is a fully managed, turnkey service offering that takes the IoT deployment experience typically considered the cost of doing business for energy service providers and turns it into a single pay-as-you-win-customers service, Blue Pillar says. For energy service providers, ENaaS can result in a cost reduction in customer deployment and internal operations.
The ENaaS offering can be used to connect meters and sub-meters to building automation systems as well as to new and existing distributed energy resources. In addition, ENaaS is vendor agnostic to the equipment or systems, and will work with any facility’s on-site hardware configuration, the company says.
A few months after launching, Blue Pillar was selected by two of the top five US demand response providers to provide the ENaaS service as part of their service offering. The company is also in negotiations with over a dozen other customers for the purchase of service for similar value propositions. In the projects that have been deployed to date, Blue Pillar and its customers have verified all aspects of the service offering, including API integration to customer systems, data quality and network uptime, and a path to more than 50% cost savings and margin improvement over existing approaches as the service is scaled across the entire enterprise.