“On an average, companies spend $3/square foot/year on energy usage for lighting to HVAC,” says John Bruggeman, CEO, Lunera. “And with the scarcity of traditional energy sources, and new sources failing to deliver on their promise, organizations need to figure out ways to become extremely efficient in their energy usage,” he adds. With an ability to control energy consumption on a real-time basis, Lunera can reduce the cost of energy by up to 60 percent—saving millions every year, whether it’s for a company that has multiple buildings across the campus or one with a single warehouse.
Lunera’s platform is designed for simple, plug-and-play installation within existing infrastructures. The Lunera platform will deploy an entire network of sensors and controls. The sensor network captures tons of data, which is aggregated and fed into Lunera’s intelligent energy application, Energy Manager in the cloud. It analyzes data, applies business rules, and takes actions in real time to improve energy usage. The company has an array of innovative sensors with different capabilities. One of them, an occupancy sensor can detect if a room is occupied or vacant.
Lunera can reduce the cost of energy by up to 60 percent— saving millions every year
“There are a lot of companies with similar sensors, but what’s unique about Lunera is its complete integration within a light bulb,” says Bruggeman, “making the cost a tenth of the current solutions—50 cents per square feet all in—to buy, install and commission the endpoint.” This, coupled with Lunera’s turnkey Lighting-as-a-Service (LaaS) that eliminates upfront costs, provides huge advantage to the clients—both in terms of cost and energy efficiency. For one of their clients, Lunera replaced 100 metal halide 400W lamps with equivalent LED Sensor Lamps. Factoring in the additional energy savings derived from the ambient light and occupancy sensors, the standalone LED Sensor Lamps gave 70 percent energy savings compared to a traditional HID. Once networked to Lunera’s cloud-based Facilities Director Platform, it enabled greater energy savings from lighting, and additional savings from optimized HVAC and plug load systems.
On its journey from a light fixture manufacturer to a leader in the energy management optimization and IIoT space, it’s their passion for innovation, which is propelling the success of Lunera. Bruggeman is confident Lunera is going to revolutionize the future of energy management and IIoT: “I’ll give you hints. Today, we have four sensors, two modems and one control inside the light bulb, leaving plenty of real-estate to house more types of sensors and controls. We have a full micro-processor, with the same computing power of a modern mobile phone, granting tremendous capabilities to expand and increase the functionalities.”