A Carbon-Free Boston: Somfy Animeo & Energy Efficiency

In our last few blog posts, we took a look at two active daylighting systems that can greatly assist the City of Boston in its carbon-free initiative. As we continue to look at active daylighting systems that improve energy efficiency and can help eliminate reliance on carbon-based sources of energy, we’ll be focusing today on Somfy’s Animeo, which consists of intelligent building controls, motor controls, local controls, and a full selection of sensors and additional accessories.somfy animeo ip controller

Somfy Animeo refers to a range of scalable daylighting systems that are compatible with a variety of sun-shading devices, providing flexible solutions for automation and daylighting. Animeo’s software automates natural light management according to the sun’s position and glass façade direction in order to minimize glare and maximize daylighting. Animeo both tracks the sun and incorporates shadow management, which guarantees optimum levels of user comfort by controlling solar shading devices individually or by zones, while also maximizing the amount of comfortable, natural daylight that enters a space.

A variety of Somfy weather sensors are compatible with Animeo, including rain, wind, sun, and temperature sensors. These sensors further enhance Animeo by providing real-time, live weather conditions that affect daylighting, allowing the system to adjust shades accordingly based on these conditions. Animeo allows for easy manual override, giving occupants control over nearby window coverings.commercial building with glass facade & window shades

Animeo is a sustainable and scalable digital solution for buildings, with no zone limitation and an intuitive user interface that allows for simplified commissioning, building management, and technical support.  By intelligently reducing power consumption from artificial light and diminishing heat gain/cooling loss, the Somfy Animeo daylighting system effectively integrates automation technology in order to improve energy efficiency. With approximately 75% of Boston’s emissions coming from energy use in buildings, reducing energy demand in these buildings through measures such as having an efficient active daylighting system will prove instrumental in supporting Boston in its carbon-free mission.

Be on the lookout for our next blog post, where we’ll discuss Halcyon Shades’ technology, specifically designed to dramatically reduce carbon emissions generated by a building.

Mecho Solar Trac: Harvesting Daylight for Energy Efficiency

In our previous two blog posts, we explored how daylight harvesting (or daylighting) improves energy efficiency through harnessing the power of sunlight, thereby aiding Boston in its mission if implemented properly. We looked at Lutron’s Hyperion system before, and now we’ll be discovering another active daylighting system that can help Boston on its way to becoming carbon-free by 2050: Mecho’s award-winning SolarTrac 4.0.

Mecho Solar Trac

SolarTrac’s proprietary algorithms precisely predict the sun’s position based on time, date, building location, and orientation of glass facades, in combination with rooftop radiometers that detect live conditions. Rooftop radiometers complement these algorithms by determining live conditions and reporting them, so that the shades adjust accordingly. Shades are automatically adjusted to optimize daylight entering a space and alleviate solar glare for a more comfortable and productive environment. SolarTrac also reduces solar-heat gain, which aids in reducing energy costs by decreasing demands on cooling systems.

The state-of-the-art SolarTrac 4.0 daylighting system is extremely user-friendly, with self-diagnostics alerting users to potential maintenance needs, and PC-based software supporting smartphone access and allowing up to 100 users at the same time. SolarTrac’s automation can be configured to meet the needs of a single floor, façade, building, or entire campus.

SolarTrac 4.0’s precise daylight harvesting can save up to 70% in lighting costs. By improving energy efficiency through decreased demand for electric lighting, utilization of SolarTrac allows for excess electric energy from a building to be diverted elsewhere. Elimination of unnecessary energy usage via daylight harvesting will go a long way in helping Boston with its challenging carbon-free endeavor.

Stay tuned for our next blog post, where we’ll be examining Somfy’s animeo IP daylight harvesting system, taking into account its various features and impact on energy consumption and efficiency.