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City of Chicago Presents “Most Innovative Project Award” to Cypress Envirosystems for 2019

The City of Chicago presented Cypress Envirosystems with the "Most Innovative Project Award" for 2019, which recognizes a project team or partnership showing exceptional innovation in the field of energy efficiency.

Zeller Realty, JLL, and Cypress Envirosystems jointly received this award for our work on the “Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats and Smart Building Technology Project”. This effort saved 33% in HVAC energy consumption at 311 South Wacker Drive, an iconic 65 story skyscraper on the Chicago West Loop.

Cypress Envirosystems is honored to be a recipient of the prestigious award. Our patented Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat solution enables existing buildings to be upgraded to modern smart controls at a fraction of the cost and disruption of conventional DDC controls.

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Wireless Gauge Reader Successfully Tested at EDF Labs in Paris

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France derives about 75% of its energy from nuclear reactors, the highest in the world (compared to 20% of total electricity output in the US). It has 58 operating reactors, most built over 30 years ago. All the sites are operated by EDF, which is actively modernizing its nuclear fleet.

This week, the Cypress team had the pleasure of meeting with the main EDF R&D labs at Chatou, near Paris, to test the Cypress Wireless Gauge Reader (WGR) technology's ability to digitize aging plants. Happily, our teams confirmed that the WGR is compatible with the gauges used in French plants, and the wireless radio is seamlessly compatible with the LoRaWAN networks already existing at most EDF sites. We are now looking forward to a field deployment at an operational EDF plant.

It was a real privilege to work with such a dedicated and capable team at EDF, not to mention the wonderful opportunity to be in Paris for a few days. While the Wireless Gauge Reader is already installed at or planned for over 11 nuclear plants in the US, we are just beginning the expansion to other countries including France, Canada, and Japan.

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Cypress Envirosystems Upgrades Pneumatic Controls at the Lincoln Medical Center in NYC

The NYC Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC) is the largest municipal healthcare system in the United States serving 1.4 million patients. The Lincoln Medical Center, founded in the Bronx in 1839, is a major acute care facility in the HHC system, with 362 beds. It has the busiest emergency department in New York City, and the third busiest in the country.

The current building, constructed in 1976, has some of the most advanced concepts in hospital design at the time. But today, its aging environmental control systems impact patient comfort, require more energy use, and costs more to maintain. As part of a modernization effort, HHC selected the Cypress Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat (WPT) to upgrade the existing pneumatic controls. A key consideration for choosing the WPT is its unique non-invasive approach – it can be installed quickly without impacting patients and ongoing hospital operations. It requires a fraction of the time and cost of traditional DDC upgrades.

The WPT is a technology vetted and approved by the New York City government (DCAS) and is already used in over 100 NYC municipal buildings including hospitals, schools, universities, and courthouses.

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Cypress Envirosystems Team Begins Nuclear Plant Upgrades at Nine Sites in Five States for Three Utilities

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Our Cypress Envirosystems team completes "Nuclear In Processing" training today! For the next two months, we are deploying our unique Wireless Gauge Reader (WGR) technology to help digitize nine existing nuclear power plants, for three utilities, in five states. The upgrades will help our customers reduce cost, improve safety, and minimize radiation exposure to workers.

While nuclear power generation is not without its challenges, this source of power is vital to a sustainable path to a lower carbon economy. We at Cypress are proud to play a part in this journey.

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Cypress Envirosystems Saves Energy at Rockland School District in New York

Harry Sim, CEO of Cypress Envirosystems, Will Speak at 2019 Future Facilities Conference in Chicago

Cypress Envirosystems CEO to Present at Hawa’ii Energy Innovation Symposium

Digital Transformation: Exelon uses non-invasive sensors from Cypress Envirosystems to digitize nuclear plant built in 1975

Last week, Cypress Envirosystems and our customer Exelon (the largest electric utility in the US) attended the 23rd Annual ARC Industry Forum in Orlando.  The event focused on the Digital Transformation of Industry and Cities, and was attended by over 900 industry executives and media.

Bill Ansley, Innovation Leader at Exelon Nuclear, presented a very compelling case study for digitizing existing plants with non-invasive technologies from Cypress Envirosystems. The cost to implement was 90% less than conventional approaches, and it took only one week to install with no operational disruption. The payback period was well under three years.  See Bill's presentation here:
Download: Exelon WGR Case Study

Additional Resources:
Download: EPRI Technical Brief on Wireless Gauge Reader
Download: Natural Gas and Electricity Article
Wireless Gauge Reader Product information

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In Chicago, hi-tech solution helps low-tech systems run more efficiently

The problem with the existing pneumatic thermostats in 311 S. Wacker and other buildings like it, is that they rely entirely on mechanical compressed air action to operate, says Harry Sim, CEO of San Jose, California-based Cypress Envirosystems, which provided the new wireless pneumatic thermostats for the building. More >

A Challenge to the Potential of Industrial IoT

Lack of data visibility in existing plants hinders Industrial IoT deployment...but non-invasive instrumentation upgrade is a key part of the solution.

IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) is a hot trend these days – it promises to revolutionize our industrial infrastructure by improving efficiency at existing power plants, refineries, off-shore oil platforms, pharmaceutical plants, hospitals etc. According to McKinsey, IIoT will unlock $6.2 trillion in potential economic impact by 2025. For the electricity sector alone, the World Economic Forum estimates $1.3 trillion of value can be captured with IIoT.

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