Corning Promotes Intelligent Building Solutions in Europe

  • BPL Group
  • Corning
  • Energy Management
LE MANS, FRANCE and BERLIN, GERMANY - Corning Cable Systems' German affiliate is teaming up with smart-grid company BPL Global Ltd. in Europe and the Middle East to promote building efficiency management solutions to utilities and carriers deploying FTTH. The cooperation will leverage technologies from both companies, including Power SG Building Efficiency Management from BPLG and Corning ClearCurve single-mode bend-insensitive optical fiber. The first product will incorporate BPLG’s Power SG Building Efficiency Management solution in the Corning Evolant Modular Basement Distribution Terminal (MBDT), part of Corning’s Ascend MDU System.


“Fiber to the home creates vast untapped potential for new consumer services,” said Keith Schaefer, CEO of BPL Global. “Cooperating with Corning allows us to bring our building efficiency management solution to multi-dwelling units across Europe served by Corning’s Ascend System utilizing pioneering ClearCurve single-mode optical fiber. Energy savings of more than 10 percent  have been identified by building managers using the Power SG Building Efficiency Management solution.”


BPLG’s Power SG Building Efficiency Management solution can monitor consumption of electric, gas and water services at the individual unit, building and park level in near-real time. This live view of consumption provides an increased awareness of energy and water use encouraging conservation. Occupants and landlords can set goals for improvement and manage services to a budget. This is part of an energy efficiency action program that engages building occupants to reduce their energy use and track associated savings. Building managers and occupants are empowered to take action to minimize costs and better manage consumption.


In addition to monitoring basic electric, gas and water services, BEM can also actively monitor other important systems and assets within a building. These often include heating/cooling systems, lighting and other significant electrical loads. They might also include distributed generation and storage such as generators, cogeneration assets, solar panels, micro turbines, fuel cells and batteries. Monitoring this equipment provides value to the facility manager by tracking performance and sending alerts when performance is not maintained within control parameters.


Buildings are responsible for at least 40 percent of energy use in most countries.

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