NASA equips Ames Research Center with ION energy management system from Power Measurement

VICTORIA, BC, April 9, 2002 — The National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) has installed an enterprise energy management (EEM) system to control power usage and reduce costs at its Ames Research Center facility near San Francisco, California. Designed by Jacobs/Sverdrup Technology, the Ames Power Monitoring System (APMS) monitors power usage throughout the center, including the facility’s three large wind tunnels, used regularly for aeronautic research and development testing.

The system, manufactured by Power Measurement, uses ION® Enterpriseà¢â€ž- software installed on over a dozen PC workstations combined with approximately a hundred ION 7330à¢â€ž- and ION 7700à¢â€ž- meters (at full implementation), to help facility personnel manage and schedule real-time and future energy usage.

The energy management system helps the center to avoid incurring costly demand penalties by enabling wind-tunnel operators, test engineers, and power managers to monitor total demand for the center in real time. Personnel receive the information they need to schedule energy-intensive procedures in advance, and vary loads in real-time to ensure the facility does not exceed the maximum allowable demand level.

Since the deployment of the APMS, Ames Center has achieved significant energy cost savings by helping facility personnel to maintain integrated demand below monthly allowable levels, manage overall power factor (PF) to avoid low PF penalties, and use historical system data to identify opportunities for additional energy savings. The system also provides power engineers and electricians with the information they need to perform advanced modifications and day-to-day maintenance of the center’s electrical distribution system.

For more information, call Power Measurement toll free at 866-ION-SMART or visit the Power Measurement web site at

About Power Measurement: Power Measurement is a provider of enterprise energy management systems for energy suppliers and consumers worldwide. The company’s ION® web-ready software and intelligent metering and control devices comprise a complete real-time information and control network that supports billing for complex energy contracts and helps improve power quality, reduce energy costs and keep operations running enterprise- wide, 24 hours a day.

About Jacobs/Sverdrup Technology: Jacobs/Sverdrup Technology, Ames Group, is the advanced technology support contractor to NASA Ames Research Center. The company provides engineering and construction service to NASA Ames Research Center as a high quality, reliable scientific and engineering resource to the system engineering Division of Ames Engineering and Technical Services Directorate.

About NASA Ames Research Center: NASA Ames Research Center is located at Moffett Field, California in the heart of “Silicon Valley”, and specializes in research geared toward creating new knowledge and new technologies that span the spectrum of NASA interests.


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