When it comes to paying for electricity, timing is everything. The energy you are paying for by the minute gets very expensive when all the appliances and equipment in your building operate simultaneously … driving costly Peak Demand events that are reflected in every electric bill.
Until now, enterprises have been forced to make difficult choices to control these costs: pay the premium, curtail equipment usage, or endure the protracted shutdowns of Demand Response programs.
Using proven algorithms — like the ones used to manage the millions of texts, calls and transactions executed every second by the mobile phone industry, eCurv’s patented Queued Power Access Control (QPAC)™ system delivers measurable reductions in peak demand charges.
The QPAC cloud-based network instantly governs the connection time of a wide range of electrical loads, including commercial HVAC systems, industrial refrigeration, electric heating, battery charging stations for EVs, and industrial pumping.
The direct result: immediate electric utility bill cost reductions. QPAC is so effective that you aren’t even aware that it is working in the background. Beyond direct cost savings for the one commodity we rely every day — electricity — QPAC delivers actionable intelligence into the operations and efficiency of each device connected to our network.
The volume of electricity needed at any moment in time is at best unpredictable.
Utilities must maintain expensive generating reserves as a hedge against the worst-case scenario when every appliance, air conditioner or other device cycles on.
The cost of being ready to deal with random "peak demand" events is passed directly to you in the form of “demand charges”.
These tariffs can account for over 40% of your bill.MORE ABOUT THE PROBLEM
A digital network that seamlessly applies patented queuing algorithms to optimize the runtime of appliances like HVAC systems, pumps, motors, battery chargers, heating and refrigeration equipment.
Secure real-time fractional regulation down to the millisecond virtually eliminates the root cause of peak demand.
QPAC is delivered as a fully integrated solution or overlaid with existing building automation and energy efficiency systems.MORE ABOUT THE SOLUTION
Unlike energy management solutions that tell you the best time to turn off the lights, QPAC is a software service that automatically delivers real savings without user interaction.
While we have focused on a material reduction in peak demand, QPAC also reduces the total energy consumed each month.
eCurv's services will not disrupt business operations, cause discomfort for patrons, or require expensive modifications to existing building management infrastructure.MORE ABOUT THE RESULTS
The primary mission of the electric utility industry is to provide reliable power for the lowest possible cost. But, during peak congestion periods — like those that occur during the hottest days of summer, the grid cannot keep up with demand.
With increasing regularity, demand peaks strain generating capacity and overburden antiquated network management systems. The net result: high-cost reactive maintenance, frequent brown-outs, and power outages.
Why does this happen? Because everyone is asking to use the maximum amount of power available at virtually the same moment in time. In response, the Utilities have been forced to ask you — their customers — to constrain your use of electricity. In other words, turn things off. They will even pay you for the privilege of dimming your lights or allowing the temperature to rise.
By breaking down the month into 2880 fifteen-minute intervals, electric Utilities monitor and calculate the highest average volume of Kilowatts required by each customer to operate everything from computers to lighting to air conditioning systems.
The highest interval measured in a month is factored into each customers demand charge, which can range from $1 to $45 per kilowatt per month. In some markets, over 40% of a commercial/industrial customer's monthly electricity costs are driven by demand charges.
In a typical building with HVAC units on the roof, multiple thermostats and temperature sensors are in control. Statistically, there is a high probability that a significant number of these independently operating sensors will simultaneously call for cooling.
This is the "worst case" scenario from the customer's perspective, since kilowatt demand calculations are based on the single highest average 15-minute usage interval measured during the entire month.
As a result, corporations are spending needlessly on demand charges. Across every region in the US, hundreds of millions of dollars are being wasted annually.
Whenever your peak demand for power is high, electricity is expensive.NEXT
The electric equipment you use every day has unrestricted access to power, regardless of its type or application. Your sensor-automated appliances — such as HVAC systems — respond to environmental factors without human interaction or consideration of potential cost.
When your appliances randomly use power concurrently, they generate a coincident peak demand event — and your cost of operations soars.
The net result: less than 4% of the energy you buy can account for up to 40% of the total cost of the demand charges you pay for.
After working for years with highly efficient forms of information distribution, like those which support the mobile phone infrastructure, we came to the realization that the methods of optimizing a network for maximum throughput had not been applied to the delivery and use of electricity. After several years of work, our patented Queued Power Access Control technology — QPAC — was born.
eCurv views your instance on the electric grid as a node on a network rather than a drain point on a pipeline that delivers electricity indiscriminately.
The QPAC system characterizes each power-consuming device as having distinct service requirements. Seeing each appliance this way lets us identify its unique characteristics. Then, we develop a model of system-wide behaviors. Those behaviors are modeled into heuristics — a working description of what each appliance needs to do to accomplish its objective (like cool a server room) — in the context of aggregating the service requirements of all appliances across site/campus/regional levels.
Each appliance is then registered — with its unique characteristics — into our database, and can then be acted upon with an additive layer of intelligence to eliminate random instances of peak demand.
Your operational costs of electricity are automatically under control.
Of course, cloud-based systems require a secure “port” on the other end of the wire. Our suite of products and services includes a complete range of both custom and off the shelf components that support machine-to-machine logic (M2M).
Already using one of the major building automation systems? eCurv’s services simply inter-operate with a broad range of BACnet enabled systems to deliver bottom-line value.
For new entrants into building management, eCurv offers a suite of Digital Interface Controllers that continuously evaluate the operational status of each appliance back to eCurv's servers, applying actionable insight to achieve the greatest possible cost reductions for our customers.
eCurv + QPAC = The Solution to Peak DemandNEXT
eCurv’s patented QPAC technology optimizes the runtime of appliances that are the root cause of high peak demand charges.
For example, when applied to commercial HVAC systems, our customers achieve savings of up to 40% off the annual cost of cooling.
We deliver a rate of return greater than 50% on capital expenses and have documented proof of payback in as little as three months.
The people who occupy your properties, your employees, patrons, mission critical equipment or perishable products will not be impacted by eCurv’s services.
Security is core to our mission as a service provider. The data required to execute our service travels over secure M2M channels, not the public Internet.
In addition to the bottom line value we deliver to our customers by driving down the cost of electricity, eCurv's suite of products dramatically improves business intelligence by measuring and reporting the actual in-use status of the loads we control.
We have developed a closed-system approach that accounts for all environmental variables. The result is a dynamically-adaptive grade-of-service for each individual appliance, coordinating its access to power in such a way as to virtually eliminate the most expensive coincident peak demand events.
The field data eCurv acquires is invaluable in providing superior insight into field service operations. We deliver clear indications of actual performance under load of cycling appliances like HVAC systems and pumping stations.
As companies focus with greater intensity on improving lifecycle maintenance, the data that can be resolved from eCurv's analytic engine increases in value, potentially reducing labor, travel costs, and the incidence of catastrophic failures through early warnings of aberrant equipment behavior.
Our just-in-time reporting can deliver operational insight into the execution and effectiveness of maintenance procedures — we help spot the problem, report it to the right people, and evaluate if, when and how well those service calls have been completed. eCurv’s SLA support is available to all our customers as a value-added service.
eCurv was founded in 2011 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by Edison Almeida, Brian Bram, and Jon Stahl. We have assembled a highly experienced team dedicated to one mission: Continuous Service Improvement. Our business model is predicated on the principle that we succeed only when our customers are successful. We are dedicated to delivering the best technology at the lowest possible cost. We put our mission into action every day.
Edison Almeida is eCurv’s founder. He brings over 15 years of experience as an electrical engineer, consultant, and sales executive in the telecommunications, information security, and energy industries to the company. Mr. Almeida started his career with Motorola, designing cellular networks for the major wireless operators in Sao Paulo, Brazil. While at inCode, a Mobility engineering and strategy consulting firm, Edison led teams in the delivery of digital cellular infrastructure projects to the major mobile operators in the US.
Prior to inCode, Edison was a Sales Director at VeriSign, where he delivered cutting-edge solutions to Fortune 500 companies, including state of the art cyber-intelligence, managed security services, digital content delivery, and online brand management technology offerings.
Edison graduated cum laude from Babson College with an MBA in entrepreneurship. He received his undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Sao Paulo University's Polytechnic School - POLI-USP.
As eCurv’s co-founder, Jon has led all product development, systems design & implementation, and customer service. Mr. Stahl has over 30 years of experience in the conceptualization, strategic organization and development of leading edge technology solutions.
Prior to eCurv, Mr. Stahl was the Vice President, Strategy and Development at Athenium Inc. In addition to his role leading the company’s strategic direction, Jon led all sales, marketing, and program development. Prior to Athenium, Jon was an Associate Partner at Accenture Plc, serving as a member of the Performance Simulation global leadership team. At NETg Spectrum, Mr. Stahl, as Director, Design and Development, lead the production of over 30 landmark computer applications, including The Gift Sender for Sears, SabreVision for American Airlines, and public health information systems for Mayo Clinic.
Jon joined with principals from Ogilvy & Mather to form VideoFile Inc., the first company to publish a searchable visual index of the portfolios of artists, illustrators, film & TV directors, talent, and stock photography in electronic form. VideoFile was produced and distributed quarterly to over 200 of the top grossing advertising agencies in the US. At ComCorp Inc., Jon helped conceptualize and develop the VideoPatSearch system for Rupert Murdoch's Pergammon Press, pioneering the integration of database technology with a visual image archive of the USPTO's assets to service the legal profession.
Invited as a presenter at numerous industry events, Jon has also conducted webinars on the topic of optimizing workforce operational efficiency, and seminars on business simulation at both Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Jon holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boston University.
Chris Barrile has over 20 years of experience as an operations and finance executive. Mr. Barrile joined eCurv, Inc in November 2012 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer of eCurv, Inc in October 2013. Chris is responsible for accounting, financial planning, treasury management, human resources, insurance, and compliance.
Prior to joining eCurv, Mr. Barrile served as Executive Vice President of Finance & Administration / CFO at EBI Consulting, a leading environmental, professional services firm.
Prior to joining EBI Consulting, Mr. Barrile served eleven years at Millipore Corporation. Mr. Barrile joined Millipore in 2000 and from 2000 to 2005; he served as Controller and Vice President of Finance for Millipore’s operations organization. From 2005 to 2011, he held various executive level roles in Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Operations Strategy. While at Millipore, Chris led the implementation of the company’s manufacturing strategy, achieving over $40M in annual cost savings.
Chris holds an MBA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor as well as an MS in Finance from Boston College. He received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Assumption College. Chris is a Certified Management Accountant and Certified Supply Chain Professional.
Brian Mottershead joined eCurv in February 2012 as CTO. He has over 30 years experience as a software architect, developer, manager, and entrepreneur.
Mr Mottershead was the Editor-in-Chief and Chief Operations Officer for photo.net during the period when it grew to be the largest site on the World Wide Web for photographers. photo.net was acquired by NameMedia LLC.
As Vice President of Engineering at Amicas, Inc, he developed the first web-based Picture Archiving and Control System (PACS) for medical images.
At E-Travel, Inc, Mr Mottershead was responsible for the architecture and implementation of the first web-based business travel reservation system. When E-Travel was acquired by Oracle Corporation, he joined Oracle as a Senior Systems Architect, and later, as Vice-President of Software Engineering.
In the early nineties Brian founded Papyrus Associates to develop handwriting recognition software. The software was incorporated into the Amstrad PenPad 600, one of the earliest "personal digital assistants", and was licensed to Hitachi, Psion, QNX, Olivetti, and other major technology companies. Papyrus was acquired by Fonix Corporation in 1998.
Brian started his Software Engineering career at Digital Equipment Corporation. In the mid-eighties, he was responsible for the initial deployment of personal computers in the European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and the development of one of the first Information Warehouses. At the European Technical Center in Sophia Antipolis, France, he served as a Senior Software Engineering Manager, responsible for product management and software development related to Digital's Videotex (VAX VTX), Text Retrieval, online documentation, and hypertext software products.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Harvard University.
Mr. Lawton leads and directs eCurv’s sales team. His focus: vertical markets with large real estate portfolios, including the retail industry and facility management organizations.
John joined eCurv, Inc. in 2014 after a 25-year career in senior management positions at EBI Consulting and Clean Harbors Environmental Services, where he led the vertical sales team at Clean Harbors as Senior Vice President. He has spent his entire career managing sales and marketing functions.
Mr. Lawton has extensive experience with selling and marketing to senior level managers at Fortune 100 companies. He has broad experience with closing multi-million dollar service contracts in many industrial markets including retail, chemical, utility, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, healthcare, energy and refinery.
Mr. Lawton holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Chemistry and Business from North Adams State College.
BOSTON, Mass. (June 24, 2014) The Boston Business Journal reported on eCurv's $2.5 million Series A funding.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (May 30, 2014) – eCurv, Inc., a privately held technology firm rolling out a patented means to reduce electricity charges for commercial customers, announced today it has closed a $2.5 million Series A round of funding led by Constellation Technology Ventures, the venture capital arm of Exelon Corporation. Other investors include Vodia Ventures and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. The funding will be used to scale eCurv's operations and hire new employees.
Modeled after the digital queuing technology that has enabled the IT and mobile telecommunications sectors to profitably scale their service capacity for over 20 years, eCurv's QPAC™ (Queued Power Access) service automatically queues the access of electric loads, such as HVAC systems, electric pumps, motors, battery charging, and heating and refrigeration equipment, avoiding expensive peak demand events.
"eCurv's new method for electricity distribution reliably reduces utility charges through the digital queuing of electric loads." said Edison Almeida, President and CEO of eCurv. "eCurv's QPAC software service delivers significant reduction in the demand component of our customers' electricity bill with no modifications to their existing equipment."
"eCurv offers commercial customers a simple, smart solution for reducing peak electricity demand," said Michael Smith, Constellation Vice President and head of Constellation Technology Ventures. "eCurv's innovation has the potential to transform how electric loads interact with energy supply for a wide variety of demand management applications."
Vodia Ventures Co-Founder and Managing Director Julianne Zimmerman noted, "eCurv has demonstrated the value of its service to reduce costly electric power demand spikes in real time, complementing existing demand management services operating in hour, 30-minute, 15-minute, and shorter timeframes. eCurv's QPAC service addresses a critical unmet need, and benefits both commercial customers and power suppliers alike."
eCurv's cutting-edge technology is truly pioneering a new way to reduce peak demand, creating savings for its customers at the same time it reduces the use of dirty fossil fuels," said MassCEC CEO Alicia Barton. "This type of revolutionary apoproach is what Massachusetts clean energy companies do best, and MassCEC is excited to partner with eCurv in this effort.
eCurv, Inc. is a Cambridge, Massachusetts venture founded in 2011. eCurv has introduced a patented method for electricity distribution that reduces utility charges for commercial customers. eCurv's QPAC (Queued Power Access) software service is available for immediate delivery, is secure and reliable. eCurv's QPAC service seamlessly integrates with building automation systems, electric equipment with networked controls, machine to machine networks, and other emerging technologies to holistically achieve integrated energy efficiency. For more information, visit: www.ecurv.com
The Constellation family of retail electricity and natural gas suppliers (www.constellation.com) are subsidiaries of Exelon Corp., and are leading competitive retail suppliers of power, natural gas and energy products and services for homes and businesses across the continental United States. Constellation's retail businesses serve more than 100,000 business and public sector customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100, and nearly one million residential customers.
Constellation Technology Ventures (CTV) actively invests in early-stage companies across the energy technology sector, with an eye towards commercializing innovations across the Exelon family of companies.
Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is the nation's leading competitive energy provider, with 2013 revenues of approximately $24.9 billion. Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon has operations and business activities in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with more than 35,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation's cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. The company's Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to approximately 100,000 business and public sector customers and approximately 1 million residential customers. Exelon's utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to more than 7.8 million customers in central Maryland (BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania (PECO).
Vodia Ventures invests seed capital in companies focused on cracking open "unsolvables" associated with persistently unmet customer demands in energy, water, food security, and public health. Vodia Ventures believes these unsolvables share key structural characteristics which are ripe for technology-enabled innovation and long-term value creation. Vodia Ventures is headquartered in Concord, MA. For more information, visit www.vodiaventures.com.
Created by the Green Jobs Act of 2008, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies and projects in the Commonwealth — while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. Since its inception in 2009, MassCEC has helped clean energy companies grow, supported municipal clean energy projects and invested in residential and commercial renewable energy installations creating a robust marketplace for innovative clean technology companies and service providers. For more information, visit www.masscec.com.
BOSTON, Mass. (May 20, 2014) - CBS affiliate WBZ News Radio featured eCurv on its New England Business News show. Listen to the segment below.
NEWTON, Mass. (May 19th, 2014) – The City of Newton has commissioned eCurv, Inc., of Cambridge, Massachusetts, to enable eCurv’s peak demand management software for the Newton North and Newton South High Schools. Estimates of the net savings on the cost of electricity achieved by the eCurv implementation exceed $600,000 over a ten-year period.
eCurv’s system, installed at one central location at Newton’s IT Center, will ultimately enable the City of Newton to manage peak electric demand for all 13 municipal buildings. All buildings with central air conditioning and equipped with building management systems will be eligible for eCurv’s service.
Full implementation and integration of eCurv’s QPAC (Queued Power Access Control) software is scheduled for completion by September 1, 2014.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass (May 12, 2014) Mr. John P. Lawton has joined eCurv to lead its sales team after a 25-year career in senior management positions at EBI Consulting and Clean Harbors Environmental Services, where he led the vertical sales team at Clean Harbors as Senior Vice President. He has spent his entire career managing sales and marketing functions.
Mr. Lawton has extensive experience selling and marketing to senior level managers at Fortune 100 companies. He has broad experience closing multi-million dollar service contracts in many industrial markets including retail, chemical, utility, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, healthcare, and energy.
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eCurv technology, products, and software covered by US patent No. 8,219,258 and other patents pending.