Lunera: Innovation that Powers Energy Optimization Management and the Industrial Internet of Things

CIO VendorJohn Bruggeman, CEO
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Lunera—an innovative company—is stirring a revolution in the energy management optimization (EMO) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) space. With its sophisticated set of smart sensors and smart controls, Lunera has in fact reinvented the light bulb—125 years after its invention—to make it the first economically viable solution for IIoT. And the way they achieve this feat is truly a game changer in the industry. Lunera’s IIoT platform is integrated into a next generation plug-and-play LED lighting that can manage, control, and optimize energy usage of buildings.

“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

Another one has the ability to calculate natural light in the room and determine the amount of light needed to achieve the desired level of lighting. Depending on these inputs, the controller can turn the lights on and off, or adjust the brightness. The solution also includes a thermal sensor, which has the ability to determine cooling and heating conditions depending on the occupancy and optimize it. “There’s also an energy use meter that can show you the amount of energy being consumed in real time,” says Bruggeman.

“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.”